Restaurant Report Card for May 3: Bugs, old meat

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - Bugs in the sugar and meat five days past expiration -- it's what's on the menu in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Playa el Cuco, 436 East Crosstimbers, is a health inspector hot spot. They dropped by the Mexican restaurant five times last year and tossed 52 pounds of food left sitting out overnight. On their most recent visit, inspectors said the flies and gnats were so out of control in the kitchen, they had to close the place. KPRC Local 2 wanted to check out the sugar container where inspectors said they saw bugs crawling around, but the owners refused to let a crew take a look in the kitchen.

It was old meat that worried inspectors when they stopped by the Chili's at 12897 Gulf Freeway. They said the meat was prepared or opened on April 8 and marked with an April 13 expiration date. Inspections found it still hanging around five days after that on April 18.

At Thai Village at 2512 Times Boulevard in Rice Village, inspectors said they found two live roaches in the restaurant.

There was one roach at the entrance to the kitchen at the I-Ping Bakery at 9888 Bellaire. 

There were flies buzzing around the utensil cleaning area at Denny's at 2316 Southmore.

There were some spotless inspections.

You can scarf down all the popcorn and hot dogs you want at the Edwards Theater on Weslayan at Richmond. Inspectors found no violations at the movie theater's concession stands.

Go upscale and have a bite at America's at 1800 Post Oak. 

You don't have to spend a lot to have it your way and have it clean it, too. Burger King at 9603 Bissonnet also earned an A+ this week.

To see a complete list of restaurant violations in the Houston area, visit 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 2012 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.