Restaurant Report Card for Jan. 17: Sweaty cook, rodent droppings
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! That's how the old saying goes, but if you're a cook you can't exactly leave.
Inspectors said the cook at the McDonald's at 8920 Clearwood was "sweating profusely from his head, nose and face" while he was preparing hamburgers. They wrote the problem was "corrected" on site.
Employees at Christa McAuliffe Middle School had to set traps in the kitchen after inspectors found two large rodent droppings behind cooking equipment there.
Master Wok in the Galleria got written up again, this time for cooling pasta in an ice bath in a dirty sink. We featured Master Wok for roaches in September, roaches and rodents in May and black slime in February.
At Lam Bo at 6159 Westheimer, inspectors said they say saw live roaches under a beverage table and dead roaches on a counter and the floor under the food prep table.
The worst offender this week is Wok D Lite at 10904 Fuqua, where inspectors said they saw live roaches in the food preparation area and inside a container of rice. KPRC Local 2 caught up with the owner when she was opening the restaurant. She told us bugs are normal.
"Restaurants, they have everywhere ... even your home has a little bit bug," she said. "So it's a very tiny one, so we throw it away and then we bleach everything. You know, everything is clean."
KPRC Local 2 wanted to confirm and take a look around inside Wok D Lite. The owners said the station could come in if we gave her 5 minutes to open the restaurant. But when we knocked on the door 5 minutes later, she left us out on the cold.
There was orange slime in the ice machine at Collina's at 3835 Richmond, according to inspectors.
Inspectors said they found drain flies in the bar at Eddie V's on Kirby.
On our "A" list this week: Epicure Cafe at 2005 West Gray and Ranchero King Buffet at 5900 North Freeway. Kudos to both spots for spotless inspections.
To see a complete list of restaurant violations in the Houston area, visit www.click2houston.com/restaurantinspections.
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 http://www.hcphes.org/eph/foodcomplaint.ht 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 http://www.hcphes.org/eph/complaints.htm.
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 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.
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).
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