Restaurant Report Card for March 29: Fleas, rats & ants
A repeat visit to one Houston pizza place finds even more serious violations, but there are two spotless places in this week's Restaurant Report Card where you can take your family to chill out and have some fun.
We're starting where hundreds of you start your morning -- at Shipley Donuts. At the store at 6411 Martin Luther King, the ants love it, too. Inspectors asked employees to minimize the presence of ants in the food prep area.
At Taqueria Elyse's in the 7600 block of Clarewood, inspectors said they saw a live roach on the wall at the front service counter. They asked employees to take measures to minimize the presence of rodents, flies, cockroaches and other insects, too.
The pests at Chez Beignet at 10623 Bellaire may be more interested in you than your food. Inspectors said there are fleas in the food preparation area. At Dave & Buster's on the Katy Freeway near Silber, it's all fun and games until inspectors find rodent droppings on top of the dish machine. And they did.
In last week's Restaurant Report Card, inspectors found rodent droppings in the food prep area at Texas Pizza at 1853 Richmond. They may have fixed that problem, but when inspectors went back the week after, they said they found a dead rat under the sink. Texas Pizza did get a citation for the dead rat. Inspectors also told employees to seal all of the openings in the walls and ceiling to the outside.
Want to cool off at a clean place? Inspectors found no violations at Snow Vice at 4209 Washington Avenue. There's nothing but good clean fun at The Cafe inside the Weekley Family YMCA on Stella Link. Both places earn A's in this week's Restaurant Report Card.
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.
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