Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?
We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from May 26 to 31, 2014.
Each restaurant is shown in the slideshow above. The total number of violations the restaurant received is shown in the plate on the left side of the slide. Some details from the inspection report are listed below the slide. If you click on the graphic in the slideshow, it will take you to the original state inspection report.
The 8 restaurants with the highest number of violations for the week are listed below.
1) Cypress Run at 2669 St. Andrews Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, 43 total violations
State inspectors visited on May 28 and issued a stop sale order after finding two cans of dented or rusted artichokes. Raw animal food was not properly separated from ready-to-eat food, hot dogs were leaning on raw pork. Unwrapped ham, egg salad, pickles, cut tomatoes, and lettuce were not covered in the walk-in cooler.
During the previous inspection on August 28, 2013, inspectors found 7 violations
2) Plaka Restaurant at 769 Dodecanese Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, 43 total violations
State inspectors visited on May 27 and found two live flies in the kitchen. There was an accumulation of a black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine. Lemons and onions were stored on the floor in the walk-in cooler. Bread was stored on the floor in the walk-in freezer.
Food was being cooled by a non-approved method. Gyro meat was found stored in a 5-gallon bucket in the walk in cooler to cool. The temperature of the meat was 139° and 128°.
During the previous inspection on October 14, 2013, inspectors found 12 violations
3) Ling Express at 803 Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon, 41 total violations
State inspectors visited on May 31 and found an employee with no hair restraint prepping food. A reach-in cooler was not maintaining potentially hazardous food at the proper temperatures. A stop sale order was issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse. A plastic jug was cut in half and reused as scoop.
During the previous inspection on December 31, 2013, inspectors found 20 violations
4) Los Mexicanos at 301 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach, 37 total violations
State inspectors visited on May 28 and found knives stored in a crack between equipment and the wall on the cook’s line. Beef was being thawed at room temperature in a 3-compartment sink
Inspectors say equipment was in poor repair. The walk-in freezer was also leaking and had a bucket underneath it with leaking fluid accumulating on the floor
During the previous inspection on November 1, 2013, inspectors found 8 violations
5) International House of Pancakes at 3501 E. Busch Blvd. inTampa, 34 total violations
State inspectors visited on May 29 and say a cardboard box was being used as garbage container. Turkey deli meat was being held at greater than 41 degrees. There was a bike stored in a mixing room.
Inspectors also say an employee used tobacco, ate, or drank then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands.
During the previous inspection on January 1, 2014, inspectors found 26 violations
6) Da Best Soul Food Restaurant at 10200 N. 30th St. inTampa, 30 total violations
State inspectors visited on May 29 and found evidence of rodents at the restaurant. Two dry rodent droppings were found under a front counter, six dry rodent droppings were found by a dry storage shelf. Inspectors also found dead roaches and three lizards in a sticky trap.
Inspectors also say they found live roaches. One was in a cabinet by the walk-in freezer. Two live roaches were by a walk-in freezer and 7 more were under a dish sink. Inspectors say they found roach droppings in some cabinets.
During the previous inspection on February 13, 2014, inspectors found 7 violations
7) China Fuji at 2519 SR 60 E. in Valrico, 29 total violations
State inspectors visited on May 19 and found an employee prepping food without wearing a hair restraint. Gaskets has slimy/mold-like build-up. Inspectors say they found a bag or container of unrecognizable prepared food that was not identified by common name. The restaurant’s food manager certification had also expired.
During the previous inspection on March 27, 2014, inspectors found 33 violations
8) Sweeties Ice Cream Parlor at 842 Dodecanese Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, 27 total violations
State inspectors visited on May 27 and found an employee with no hair restraint prepping food. An employee also failed to wash their hands before putting on gloves to work with food. Inspectors found a toxic substance or chemical stored with utensils. They noted that the soda machine cup levers were also soiled.
During the previous inspection on October 9, 2013, inspectors found 1 violation
Inspectors from Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted the inspections. The department cited violations of Florida’s sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code.
While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division’s procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary, according to the Florida DBPR website.
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