Restaurant Report Card for Jan. 26: Roaches

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert
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HOUSTON - Mama wouldn't be happy with this week's Restaurant Report Card -- Mama Ninfa, that is.

When health inspectors stopped by the Ninfa's on Memorial Drive, they said they found a live roach in the kitchen.

The manager told KPRC Local 2 that inspectors came the day after the restaurant was fogged and that sometimes the pests come out of hiding just before they die. When we stopped by, the roaches were either dead or hiding because we didn't see any. 

Just a note: None of the Ninfa's restaurants you see around Houston are owned by the original family of Mama Ninfa. They were all sold off to corporations and individuals who bought the rights to use the Ninfa name.

Inspectors reported more roaches this week at Tony's Seafood on Tidwell near Mesa.

At Cafe 99 at 10730 Kingspoint, inspectors told employees to clean the shelf above the sink and the food prep table to "be free of dead roaches and roach droppings."

Employees at Palazzo's at 2620 Briar Ridge called an exterminator when inspectors saw a few live roaches and evidence of roaches in a sink and a storage area.

You might not want to reach for a toothpick at the Honduras Mayan Cafe and Bar at 5945 Bellaire. Inspectors said they found new and used toothpicks in a plastic container at the restaurant.

The fried shrimp weren't crispy at Market Seafood on El Camino Real in Clear Lake. Inspectors said dripping condensation above the battered shrimp contaminated it. They tossed about half a pound. 

If you're looking for an excellent restaurant this week, you can drop into the Istanbul Grill and Deli in the 5600 block of Morningside Drive. Inspectors didn't find a single violation at the restaurant.

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.