Restaurant Report Card for December 19

Every Thursday night we give you a look at which restaurants are keeping clean and which ones are breaking the rules. Here’s the Restaurant Report Card for December 19.

The Zin Room, located downtown on 15th Street, racked up 19 violations when Douglas County inspectors visited in September. Ten were critical.

They found potentially hazardous foods, that should be below 41 degrees, at 65 degrees. These included garlic, liquid eggs, raw eggs and hash browns. All were discarded.

We stopped by to talk to managers and they told us there have been a lot of changes over the past year with both the management staff and the kitchen staff. They say they have definitely improved and they really weren't even aware of the problem to begin with.

Assistant General Manager Jay Hendricksen said, “When they bring things to our attention, we take them very seriously."

It appears that's true. Inspectors came by a month later and found all 19 violations were gone.

At China Garden Restaurant, just south of 84th and Center, inspectors found 18 violations. Four of those are critical. One of them was found where the food you're eating is stored.

In March, inspectors found mold and mildew on the cooler walls and cooler ceilings. They also found egg yolks stored above veggies and cooked food, which could lead to contamination. Managers declined to comment.

Our restaurants receiving positive reviews from the Health Department are Varsity Sports Café and Saigon Surface.

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