Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Aug. 4-9

Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Aug. 4-9 (Image 1)
Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Aug. 4-9 (Image 1)

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 August 4 to 9, 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.

La Teresita located at 3248 W. Columbus Dr. in Tampa, 60 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 7 and issued a stop sale order on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse: raw shrimp was 50°F, raw hamburger was 49°F, raw fish was 49°F, and a hot dog was 51°F.

Live, small flying insects were seen in the food preparation area.

Outer openings were not protected at the restaurant and vermin and/or environmental cross contamination was present. Inspectors say there was an accumulation of a black/green mold-like substance inside the ice machine.

During the previous inspection on June 11, 2014, inspectors found 29 violations.

Pepo’s Café located at 3879 Northdale Blvd. in Tampa, 56 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 8 and found dead roaches on the premises. They also issued a stop sale order after finding moldy celery. Inspectors say raw chicken was stored next to unwashed produce.

An employee failed to wash their hands before putting on gloves to work with food.

Raw animal foods were not properly separated from one another in the walk-in freezer. Raw fish was stored over french fries in the walk-in freezer. Some products were not commercially packaged.

During the previous inspection on May 21, inspectors found 14 violations.

Pepo’s Café located at 3879 Northdale Blvd. in Tampa, 42 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 8 and found food stored on the floor in the walk-in cooler and freezer. Walk-in cooler shelves were soiled with encrusted food debris.

Inspectors say potentially hazardous cooked pork and rice was not cooled from 135 degrees to 41 degrees within 6 hours.

Stored food was not covered in the walk-in cooler. Raw animal food was not properly separated from unwashed produce: raw chicken was next to unwashed produce.

Single-use garlic containers were being reused.

During the previous inspection on May 21, inspectors found 14 violations.

Saigon Bay Vietnamese located at 2373 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa, 40 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 4 and found live flies in the kitchen. They also say potentially hazardous cold food was held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. Bean sprouts on the cook’s line were at 51° F. Bean sprouts were at 43° F.

Raw animal food was stored over ready-to-eat food: raw pork was stored over noodles in a reach-in cooler.

Inspectors issued a stop sale order on 3-dozen eggs because the eggs had cracks or broken shells.

During the previous inspection on March 19, inspectors found 45 violations.

Pho Quyen Cuisine located at 8404 W. Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa, 37 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 4 and found dead roaches. Two dead roaches were behind the ice machine and one dead roach was in a microwave.

Inspectors say food debris had accumulated on the kitchen floor. Inspectors issued a stop sale on onion infused oil, a potentially hazardous food, due to temperature abuse.

Inspectors say there was an accumulation of a black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.

During the previous inspection on June 11, inspectors found 7 violations.

Gallery Eclectic Bistro located at 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. in Tampa, 37 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 7 and found dead roaches on the premises. Three dead roaches were in a storage area. Two live roaches were also found in a storage area.

Inspectors say they found two dented or rusted cans of food. They issued stop sale orders on two cans of red peppers and once can of tomato sauce.

The interior of a microwave was soiled with encrusted food debris. A shelf under a prep table was soiled with food debris. Inspectors found encrusted, soiled material on a slicer.

During the previous inspection on June 16, inspectors found no violations.

Wok and Roll located at 2519 McMullen Booth Rd. in Clearwater, 36 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 8 and found live flies in the kitchen.

Raw mushrooms were not washed prior to cutting or shredding.

Inspectors say potentially hazardous cold food was held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. Rice on a counter was 50°, cornstarch and water was 64°, shrimp as 49° and pork was 45°.

An employee failed to wash their hands before putting on gloves to work with food.

During the previous inspection on March 13, inspectors found 28 violations.

China Wok located at 7254 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills, 33 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 4 and found cold cooked breaded chicken, fried rice egg rolls, gravy, and brown sauce held at greater than 41 degrees.

Stored food was not covered in the chest freezer or walk-in cooler.

Inspectors say the Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of foodborne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items.

Nonfood-grade plastic to-go bags were being used to store food.

During the previous inspection on January 16, inspectors found 13 violations.

Related: Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 28 – Aug. 2

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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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