Restaurant Report Card for March 28: Roaches

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - We've got a double helping in this week's Restaurant Report Card. Health inspectors said they found roaches inside the food at two Houston restaurants.

At the Mayuri Indian Restaurant at 5857 Westheimer near Fountainview, inspectors said there were rodent droppings on top of the containers of rice and seasonings and a dead roach inside a container of sliced almonds.

Inspectors said the roaches inside a container of uncooked rice were alive at the East Wall Chinese Restaurant at 9889 Bellaire. All 90 pounds were condemned.

Inspectors said they found more than the advertised "surf and turf" at the Popeye's at 12436 Bissonnet. They said the roaches and rodents were not on the menu.

"They said they found dead and live rodents and roaches all over the restaurant. What can you tell us about that?" consumer expert Amy Davis asked the Popeye's manager.

"No, they didn't find them all over the restaurant," she replied.

The manager told Davis the restaurant was in the middle of a remodel when the inspector stopped by. The manager said that the roaches the inspector saw were in the bathroom where all of the pipes and plumbing were ripped out.

Davis asked about the rodent mentioned in the report.

"They did see a dead one out back," the manager said. "There's a field back there. You can look back there and see every time they try and cut the field down and everything, they're coming out."

Davis checked and she did see the nuisance neighboring lot as well as 10 rat traps outside of the restaurant.

Inspectors said they found brown slime in the ice machine at the Whataburger at 2820 Chimney Rock.

At Chili's at 3215 Southwest Freeway, inspectors said the slime was accumulating in the ice machine but it hadn't changed colors.

We're giving A's this week to Sonoma on Richmond near Kirby and Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge at 6800 Southwest Freeway.

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.