Restaurant Report Card for June 27: Slime, gnats and off-temperature food

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - Just in time to make your weekend dining plans, Local 2 consumer expert Amy Davis has this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Inspectors arrived at La Casa de Frida Mexican restaurant at 3452 Ella to find raw chicken at a warm 59 degrees. Anything above 41 degrees is in the danger zone for bacteria like salmonella.

"Can you tell us what happened," Davis asked chef Linda Plascencia. The chef told Davis the kitchen manager left the meat in the sink overnight. The first employee to arrive the next morning put it back in the cooler; and that's where the inspector discovered it.

"What if the health inspector hadn't have pointed out that this food was way off temperature," Davis asked. "It would have been served?"

"No, cause I come in the morning and check out everything with my thermometer," Plascencia answered.

It was the same story at Sarita's Taqueria at 10305 Bauman. Inspectors condemned 30 pounds of off-temperature beef there. At Akashi Sushi at 2271 Northpark in Kingwood, inspectors found pink and black slime in the ice machine. Investigators say there were gnats in the bar of Fogo de Chao at 8250 Westheimer.

Our A's this week go to Luby's at 1414 Waugh Drive and Lucio's at 905 Taft. Both restaurants had spotless inspections.

Click here to see this week's restaurant violations.

To see a complete list of restaurant violations in the Houston area, click here. How To File Restaurant Complaint We get our information from the City of Houston Health Department, but many of you have complaints about restaurants in other cities and counties. Refer to the following list to find out which agency to contact depending on the location of the restaurant: * For all complaints about restaurants located in the city of Houston, call 311 or file the complaint online. * Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services inspects and permits all retail food establishments in the unincorporated areas of Harris County as well as in the cities of Tomball, Katy, Jacinto City, Galena Park, La Porte, Morgan's Point, South Houston, Seabrook, El Lago, Southside Place, Hunter's Creek, Piney Point, Bunker Hill, Jersey Village, Spring Valley, Deer Park, Humble, Waller, and West University Place. If you believe you have become ill from ingesting food from an establishment in unincorporated Harris County or in a city inspected by Harris County, please file a complaint at or call them at 713-274-6300. If you are concerned about a food establishment's operations such as cleanliness, food handling procedures, etc., please file a complaint at * To file a complaint about a restaurant in Montgomery County, call the Montgomery County Health Department at 936-539-7839. * To file a complaint about a restaurant Galveston County, call the Galveston County Health Department at 409-938-2300. Use this link to speed the process and file your complaint electronically, or send an email to * To file a complaint about a restaurant in Brazoria County, contact the Brazoria County Health Department. * To file a complaint about a restaurant Fort Bend County, contact the Fort Bend County Health Department. * To file a complaint about a restaurant in Sugar Land use this link or contact the Senior Sanitarian at 281-275-2278 or email If you have a news tip or question for KPRC Local 2 Investigates, drop them an e-mail or call their tipline at (713) 223-TIPS (8477). Copyright 2014 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.