Kitchen Cops Weekly Report

Kitchen Cops Weekly Report

POSTED: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 1:44pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 7:44pm

This week we're going to show you the remaining six highest and lowest scoring restaurants from April 19-25.

First up, is the Chico's Tacos on Montwood. It scored a near perfect 94 out of 100 possible points. The kitchen here is about as clean as they come. Inspectors found just a few minor problems here. Inspectors said the hood filters above the stove were unclean and needed to be replaced.


Moving on to the Subway at 919 Hunter on the EPCC Valle Verde campus. It scored a 94. Again, there were no major violations here, just a few food particles on a food cart.


Also on this week's passing list is Burger King at 1603 George Dieter. It scored a 91. While that's an excellent score, inspectors found one serious problem: sausage wasn't being kept hot enough. That's a serious violation because hot or cold food that isn't being kept at the right temperature can become a breeding ground for bacteria that can make you sick. Inspectors said the problem here was corrected on the spot.


Now let's get to some of the lower scoring restaurants that failed inspection, meaning a score of 69 or lower. First on the list is Riviera Restaurant at 5218 Doniphan. Inspectors gave it a score of 67. Serious violations included chicken breast in a warmer wasn't being kept hot enough. Employees were also seen handling ready-to-eat food with dirty disposable gloves. Containers of beef, chicken and rice weren't labeled with a preparation date. Bleach was being kept next to single-use cups. Finally the inspector said the microwave, can opener and ice machine were all dirty. A manager told us over the phone that all the problems have been taken care of and the restaurant passed re-inspection.


Carnitas Queretaro at 4001 N. Mesa also failed inspection with a score of 66. Violations included food that was being kept at the wrong temperature; it was too hot or too cold. The inspector also found rotting jicama, a dirty microwave, knives, stove and grill. Food wasn't properly dated and the inspector said refrigerators were dirty. Over the phone a manager told us the restaurant also fixed the problems and passed re-inspection.


Finally on our list of failing restaurants, is Big Ben's Beer Depot #5 at 3201 Alabama. It scored a 65. Violations here included chicken and cheese that weren't being kept warm enough. Rotting chicken wings were found in the refrigerator. Soap and paper towels were missing from sinks in the kitchen. The inspector said the microwave, tongs, and ice maker needed to be cleaned. And there was peeling paint in the dining room.


Any restaurant that fails inspection is required to fix the problems and pass a re-inspection within 30 days.

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thanks channel 9 and kitchen cops!!!
please continue this investigations all over El Paso.

i still would like to see the zig zag line of restuarants of failing to passing to be smoothed out. Almost every restaurant i have looked up on the health food isnpection site i see this trend.

Should be a fine for such a habit if they continue to do so in "X" amount of time. I know its hard but your patrons deserve a clean place. Some food for thought.

More passing then failing is what defines a good place from a bad plce.

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