Kitchen Cops Finds El Paso's Cleanest and Dirtiest Kitchens
POSTED: Monday, May 31, 2010 - 11:23am
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 2:04pm
Every week a team of city health inspectors shows up unannounced at hundreds of restaurants around El Paso.
Their goal is to keep you safe. The Health Department gave us the inspection reports from April 11th-17th. We took the highest and the lowest scores.
First, the Arby's on the 11000 block of Hawkins scored a 91 out of 100 possible points. Inspectors found just a few minor violation here, like flies in the kitchen.
Next up, Little Caesars at 6310 N. Mesa scored an 87. That's still considered a very good score by the Health Department. An inspector noticed two employees washing their hands for less time than the required 20 seconds.
Moving on now to El Terre Taqueria at 494 Kenazo which scored an 87. Inspectors found just minor violations here too, like a missing thermometer in a refrigerator.
Now let's get to some of the restaurants that failed inspection, meaning a score of 69 or below. First, Hong Kong Buffet II located at 1861 Joe Battle scored a 63. An inspector said food was being kept at the wrong temperature.
That's a serious violation because it can be a perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can make you sick. Other violations included an employee not washing her hands properly, a moldy orange and tomato, flies in the kitchen and a dirty can opener and cutting board. This restaurant passed re-inspection.
Now on to La Catrina Mexican Grill at 317 Mills. It scored a 60. Violations here included sour cream that wasn't being kept cold enough, 3 used limes from drinks tossed in the bottom of a hand washing sink, moldy squash, no soap or towels at a hand washing sink and toilet paper was missing in the women's restroom. It also passed re-inspection.