Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Nov. 7 to 11

(WFLA) —The following Tampa Bay restaurants received the most violations during inspections conducted from Nov. 7 to 11, 2016.

Pipo’s to Go located at 8 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, 37 violations

Nov. 8, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 37 violations

  • Live roaches found: 1 live roach on cabinet below 3-compartment sink, 2 live roaches under prep sink on main cook’s line, 23 live roaches under cabinet with Cuban press, 1 live roach on door of reach-in cooler on cook’s line, 3 live roaches under reach-in cooler on cook’s line, 2 live roaches around door of sliding door cooler with slicer on top, 5 live roaches on floor and in cove molding by back door/back prep area (40 total).
  • Dead roaches on premises: 22 dead under 3-compartment sink.
  • Pet dog permitted in outdoor dining area without local ordinance allowing pet dogs in outdoor dining areas: dog on outside patio. Operator does not have Doggie Dining license from city.
  • Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with food: Boric acid stored beside bagged sugar.

Nov. 9, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 10 violations

Mainstreet Restaurant & Lounge located at 4105 N. Lecanto Hwy in Beverly Hills, 34 violations

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 18 hard and dry droppings in dry store room.
  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands: Cook squeezing sauerkraut juice onto meat on grill than put it on grill to cook, he then touched ready to eat bread for a sandwich. Servers touched lemons with their bare hands.
  • Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation: pizza cook had no hair restraint.

China Buffet located at 11928 Seminole Blvd. in Largo, 33 violations

  • Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name: Sugar in reused sour cream container at the coffee station, sour cream containers also used for ketchup on crash cart and spice on make table.
  • Presence of flies and maggots in the second-to-last dumpster. The dumper is opened. Vegetable and meat boxes are inside with the trash.
  • Can reused for corn starch by rice cooker.

Caretta on the Gulf located at 500 Mandalay Ave. in Clearwater Beach, 31 violations

  • Stop Sale Order issued for dented, rusted cans of  pineapple and tomato sauce.
  • Slicer blade soiled with old food debris.
  • Employee personal food not properly identified and segregated from food to be served to the public, water bottle in salad station by cooler

Acropolis Greek Taverna located at 1833 E. 7th Ave. in Tampa, 31 violations

Nov. 8, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 31 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 1 in dish area- discarded.
  • Dead roaches on premises: 1 under 3-compartment sink, 1 by soda bag in box rack, 4 under shelving/reach in freezer.
  • Employee washed hands with no soap.
  • Employee washed hands with cold water.
  • Lettuce not washed prior to preparation.

Nov. 8, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 7 violations

Royal Asian Fusion located at 844 6th St. SW in Winter Haven, 30 violations

  • Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage – direct contact with food: Thank you bags in freezer.
  • Fly sticky tape hanging over food/food preparation area/food-contact equipment.
  • Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris.

Mangu Latin Café located at 9005 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa, 27 violations

  • Presence of insects or other pests: small flying insects in dumpster area.
  • Operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food: raw fish over plantains.

New China located at 3801 W. Gandy Blvd. in Tampa,  27 violations

  • Soil residue in food storage containers.
  • Nonfood-grade bags used in direct contact with food.
  • Cardboard used as liner for food container for draining fried foods. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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