Restaurant Report Card for May 17: Problems in downtown

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - This week's Restaurant Report Card is taking you on a culinary tour of downtown. Not exactly the "best of," but restaurants you'll want to know about.

Craving Cajun? You could head to RKG New Orleans Cajun Po-Boy at 648 Polk Street. When health inspectors stopped by, they found biscuit mix that was gnawed on by rats. The inspector snapped pictures of rodent feces on a bag of beans, on top of canned goods and on the floor of the pantry. Inspectors closed RKG until employees cleaned it up about five hours later.

"You admit that you guys did had rodent feces that needed to be cleaned up?" KPRC Local 2 reporter Amy Davis asked RKG's manager, who said his name was Ray.

"No. Roach droppings, not feces. Droppings," he replied. 

Feces, droppings, whatever you want to call it, inspectors said it shouldn't be on your beans.

At the Post Oak Grill inside 1111 Louisiana, inspectors took a picture of live cockroach activity in the dishwashing area and rodent feces on the dish machine.

The last stop downtown may leave a bad aftertaste. Inspectors condemned 42 pounds of corn chowder and beans at Massa's Seafood Grill at 1331 Lamar because they said the food was held at improper temperatures overnight.

North of downtown at Sarita's Taqueria Drive-in at 10305 Bauman, inspectors said they found a roach on a wall and a bulk container of rice contaminated with moths.

At the Khaty Seafood Market at 15834 South Post Oak, the inspector said he saw cockroaches, droppings and roach eggs in the seams of the walk in coolers and on top of an ice machine.

There was a live roach in the kitchen at Hank's Cajun Crawfish at 10800 Bellaire; and another one on the wall in Master Wok inside the Galleria.

At the Kroger at 1520 Eldridge Parkway, inspectors said they found weevils on a store shelf with the rice.

It's all good at the Weslayan Cafe in the 2900 block of Weslayan and the Queen Donut Shop at 1803 West 18th. Both 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 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.