Restaurant Report Card: Unsafe cooler temperatures, rodent droppings prompt inspection violations

HOUSTON – Why did the restaurant inspector walk inside the walk-in-cooler?

Simple, to test the temperature of that cooler to make sure it was keeping food cold enough to be safe.

But over at the Magic Cup #2 located on Bellaire Boulevard, restaurant inspectors discovered a problem: They found that both fresh-cut fruit and jelly were being stored dangerously warm.

As inspectors put it, “unsafe for human consumption.”

That food tested out at 60 degrees.

The order from the health department was clear -- stop storing food in that cooler until it can be repaired.

Did somebody say slime?

Restaurant inspectors found it inside the ice machine at Alonti Deli located at 9 Greenway Plaza.

File: Alonti Deli #8 restaurant report

Greasy, slime will contaminate fresh ice so the ice machine at this restaurant was quarantined by the health department.

Up next, it’s Eats Mesquite Grill located on North Sam Houston Parkway where inspectors found rodent droppings or rodent waste on top of containers of flour and also underneath the soup and bread counter.

File: Eats Mesquite Grill restaurant report

They also found evidence that rodents had been gnawing on rice paper.

Restaurant workers say the management fired the old exterminator and have now hired a new company to make sure the restaurant is pest-free.

And not so fast, we are wrapping up this week’s Restaurant Report Card at Fast Eddies Billiards, located on the Gulf Freeway, where inspectors found slime in the ice machine.

File: Fast Eddie's Billiards restaurant report

The order was given to clean and sanitize that ice maker.

And this week, we congratulate the hardworking chefs, busboys, wait staff and kitchen staff at Juan Parilla on Richmond Avenue.

Juan Parilla serves Columbian food and they earn our A-Plus Award this week for a spotless restaurant inspection report.

So we say Booo Yaaaah boys and girls, you guys do nice work.

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