Restaurants can’t have patrons for dine-in. But they can still have rodent and roach guests and workers with dirty hands putting your meal together.
So, state inspections continue and nine South Florida restaurants, from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, weren’t up to snuff last week.
What follows comes from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation restaurant inspections. If you see a problem in a place, don’t email us. Click here and file a complaint. We don’t control who gets inspected or how strictly. We report without passion or prejudice, but with a thick sauce of humor.
In alphabetical order:
Bda Food Systems, 2690 Stirling Rd., Hollywood: Of the 11 fruit flies floating around, nine apparently wanted to be with the people — there were fruit flies hovering around the dining room soda fountain.
“Interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue.”
The walk-in freezer’s floor was “soiled/has accumulation of debris.”
Bda recovered to pass Wednesday’s re-inspection.
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C & S West Indian Take Out, 18450 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines: “Observed over 50 live roaches under the prep table, where open bags of rice, beans, vinegars and other food items are stored.”
“Observed over five live flies by fryer area flying around and landing on fry baskets and on seasonings. Over 10 live flies flying around and landing in garbage bin, prep table and operator apron by the three-compartment sink.”
After that, the rest of the inspection is garbage time, done just to make it official. But the inspector did also count five live ones hanging around the three-compartment sink and 95 dead roaches, including two in a carton box with seasonings, three in a refrigerator and seven under a shelf where dishes are stored.
When the inspector came back Friday, there were only seven live roaches under the prep table and 13 dead ones in various places, including the dining room. That’s still enough for a fail, especially when added to five flies landing on onions, a wall and a table.
C & S got it back together for Monday’s re-re-inspection.
Kanpai, 41 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton: Even in these stressful times, restaurants find ways to innovate.
Kanpai had not only the common “Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine” but also something that sounds artistic : “Ice with black green mold-like particles embedded in ice cubes.”
That got a Stop Sale slapped on the ice to go with the Stop Sale slapped on the rice at the sushi station. There was no time marking on it, so nobody knew how long it had been out of temperature control.
Also out of population control were the flies. Good news, only six of the flies zipped around food contact surfaces, such as soy sauce bottles at the sushi bar or cutting surfaces at the sushi bar. Bad news? That’s still six too many and another 108 flew around hallways, the kitchen and the wait station, among other places.
Here’s a violation straight out of a frat house. “Handwash sink not accessible for employee use due to being blocked by beer kegs.”
You couldn’t dry your hands at the expo line hand washing sink but you could watch the water drain (Slowly. Painfully slowly. Slowly enough to be almost “standing.”)
Kanpai passed Friday’s re-inspection to get open for the weekend.
Kelly’s Cajun Grill, 20505 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami-Dade: “Observed approximately seven rodent droppings, hard, dark and grain like, located on the lids of the food storage container used to store dry rice...approximately 10 rodent droppings on the floor under storage racks at kitchen area.”
“Soil residue in food storage containers.”
“Cooked chicken on top shelf inside walk-in cooler not covered.” Find some Tupperware, people.
“Wiping cloth chlorine sanitizing solution not at proper minimum strength.” As in, no strength, zero parts per million of sanitizer.
OK, the cloths aren’t sanitized, but you can wet and wipe so the inspector doesn’t see, “Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.”
Kelly’s passed re-inspection Wednesday.
Roasting Buddies, 18457 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines: With the flies and live roach count each coming in at eight, you probably don’t want to see “rice stored under prep table not covered in kitchen.”
Elsewhere, the inspector saw 25 dead roaches.
Reach-in cooler shelves were “soiled with debris.”
“Observed garbage can on top of containers with coffee beans.”
The buddies were roasting again after Wednesday’s re-inspection.
Texas de Brazil, 2606 Sawgrass Mills Cir., Sunrise: When you’re trying to cool foods, don’t refrigerate them in containers several inches deep. They don’t cool properly, which is something the Texas de Brazil people would know if they read this space regularly.
Instead, their black beans and cheese bread cooling overnight still measured too warm when the inspector dropped by March 16. Both got Stop Sale-ed into the garbage.
So, is it the Texas part or the Brazil part that brought the 70 flies, 40 of which hung around the bar and two of which landed on liquor bottle lids.
“No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at handwash sink.”
A same day re-inspection got Texas de Brazil back open on March 16.
Tucci’s Fire ‘N Coal, 50 NE First Ave, Boca Raton: The 36 flies did them in, even though none were on food contact surfaces. About 10 were around the kitchen handwashing sink and 12 were around the dishwashing station.
Their two other violations were for using the handwashing sink to dump water and balsamic vinaigrette being about 30 degrees too warm.
Tucci’s passed a re-inspection on Saturday.
Venus Restaurant, 13785 NW Seventh Ave., North Miami: Don’t know what Walter Mercado would say, but it looks as if Venus was badly aspected on March 16.
Six rodent droppings inside a front counter cabinet. About 15 live roaches scurried around, four of which were under a prep table, and 10 dead roaches behind a kitchen reach-in freezer.
No hot water at the hand sink the three-compartment sink and no soap at a hand sink (the inspector didn’t specify which one).
“Wall soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and/or dust. All around kitchen.”
The reach-in cooler was “soiled with accumulation of food residue.” The same was said of the microwave’s “encrusted food debris.” Come on, people, two minutes, max, to wipe down the inside of a microwave every few days. No excuse for that.
Food stored in holding unit wasn’t covered.
Yummy in My Tummy, 12691 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise: “Water dripping from ceiling into the three-compartment sink, on both rinse and sanitizer compartments...Ceiling/ceiling tiles soiled with accumulated dust by rear walk in cooler.”
The inspector counted 27 flies and 17 of them were on the cookline. Two were landing on a container of flour. Elsewhere, six flies buzzed around clean utensils.
A couple of live roaches hung out near the walk-in cooler by the manager’s office, perhaps mourning the one dead roach there.
“Floor tiles cracked, broken or in disrepair by hand sink next to ice machine.”
“Encrusted material on can opener blade.”
Yummy re-opened after passing a same day re-inspection on Thursday.