Restaurant Report Card for Jan. 19: Roaches again

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - You've heard the saying "The third time's a charm," but if you're a restaurant owner, the third mention on our Restaurant Report Card may be more alarming than charming.

In November, we dropped by Nit Noi at 4703 Richmond Avenue after inspectors said they found roaches crawling around inside a trash can used to store rice.

In September at the Nit Noi at 2020 Louisiana, inspectors condemned 182 pounds of food deemed "not fit for human consumption" because it was stored at the wrong temperature.

This month, when they went back to the Richmond location, inspectors said they saw rodent droppings in the storage area and on a table across from the grill.

Nit Noi is a family owned and operated Houston chain of restaurants. There are eight locations in our area.

A manager told us Nit Noi pays for monthly pest control and that the droppings found this month were on top of an electric breaker box. He said they were cleaned up, but no one has ever actually seen any rodents in the restaurant.

At Angelo's Pizza at 5414 Birdwood, inspectors found four containers of veggie lasagna with mold on top.

They spotted a live roach in the bar area of the dining room at the Don Luis Mexican Restaurant at 7606 Irvington.

Inspectors asked employees of the Beck's Prime at 2902 Kirby to relocate the hanging fly traps dangling above stored food.

This week's perfect scores go to the Sonic Drive-In at 1101 Dairy Ashford and Brian O'Neill's Restaurant and Irish Pub at 5555 Morningside Drive.

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 mentringer@gchd.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. * To file a complaint about a restaurant in Sugar Land use this link or contact the Senior Sanitarian at 281-275-2278 or email foodinspection@sugarlandtx.gov. 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 2012 by Click2Houston.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.