Restaurant Report Card - December 12

How does your favorite restaurant do with the Health Department? We’re taking you out to dinner with this week's Restaurant Report Card.

When inspectors visited Spaghetti Works in the Old Market on November 1, they found 25 violations. Inspectors wrote that employees must wash hands during the food prep and that the use of a common towel for hand drying/wiping is prohibited. They found foods that exceeded seven days old, forcing the restaurant to discard ground beef and three pans of lasagna. On top of that, there was no sanitizer in the dishwasher.

Inspectors did make their way back three days later and the number of critical violations went down but they still found problems with employees washing their hands and sharing the same hand towel. We made several attempts to speak with managers but they never returned our calls.

Over at the Rice Bowl on Saddle Creek, in July, inspectors noted things were getting a little too hot. They found eggs which should be kept at or below 41 degrees sitting at 81 degrees. Double what their temperature they should be. They also found their wiping rags were not kept in a sanitizer between uses.

That was one of the six critical and four non-critical violations at the restaurant. Inspectors didn't feel it was necessary to do a follow up. We did reach out to managers about the report but they told us, no comment.

This week's restaurants receiving positive reviews from the Health Department are Lot 2 and Baxter’s. Both are in Benson and received a rating of excellent.

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