Restaurant Report Card: Roaches, slime contaminate local eateries

HOUSTON – Pour yourself a glass of something and let’s get started, this week’s Restaurant Report Card begins at Sambuca, located at 909 Texas Avenue.

Here, health inspectors found a mixture of foods not safe for people to eat.

In fact, inspectors threw out 20 pounds of spinach, shrimp, crab mix and chicken, all of it stored at unsafe temperatures.

They also found slime in the ice machine.

Moving on to Church’s Chicken at 6962 W. TC Jester Boulevard, where inspectors wrote the place up for a level 5 violation, that’s as high as the health department's scale goes, after finding both live and dead cockroaches on the floor.

The restaurant was ordered to eliminate the roaches.

More roaches and a closure to tell you about, this time at The Villa Italian Kitchen located at Willowbrook Mall.

At this trendy and tidy-looking restaurant, Houston health inspectors found baby roaches crawling on the shelf under the hot hold unit, right behind the front counter.

The restaurant manager tells us the restaurant closed for one day to eliminate the roaches.

He tells us regular pest control is being used and the problem is gone.

At Subway located at 9546 Homestead, inspectors found cold cuts, cheese, tuna, beef, ham and turkey, 26 pounds of the stuff in all, stored off temperature.

All that food was condemned and thrown away.

At Murphy’s Deli at 1200 McKinney, health officials got riled-up about roaches in the food prep area.

The order given to managers -- maintain your pest control program.

And if you’ve got a hankering for kachori chaat, or maybe tandoori chicken legs, check out the London Sizzler Indian Bar and Grill on Southwest Freeway.

They earn our coveted A-Plus rating this week for getting a perfect inspection report.

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