Restaurant Report Card: Rodents in pizza shop, gnats in cafe and off-temperature food

HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department restaurant inspection team has been hard at work scouring the restaurants we all dine in for violations.

And we begin with temperature problems that can make people sick.

Yes, temperature troubles caught the attention of inspectors at Duc Choung Midnite on Bellaire, where officials found beef in the reach-in cooler being kept at 56 degrees; that is way over the 41-degree limit.

Inspectors also found live roaches crawling on a wall near the freezer.

Insect problems of another kind popping up at the Laikh House Gourmet Café on Barker Cypress.

Inspectors report closing the place down temporarily after finding gnats near the sink area, the food preparation area, the cook line and the coffee maker area.

Next stop, Little Caesar’s Pizza at 5900 Chimney Rock, where the Health Department found evidence of rodents.

Specifically, it noted finding rodent droppings in the back of the restaurant and an “excessive” amount of gnats in the same area.

Evidence of rodent activity also discovered at Shipley Donuts at 3932 North Main St., where inspectors discovered rodent excrement on the floor under a bag storage rack.

The doughnut was shop ordered to take effective measures to eliminate rodents.

And Thai Cottage makes an appearance in this week’s Restaurant Report Card after restaurant inspectors report finding slime in the ice machine.

Sixty pounds of ice were condemned and the machine ordered cleaned.

This week we congratulate the hardworking staff at The Alonti Café located at 1111 Louisiana St.

The staff was rewarded with a spotless restaurant inspection report, so we say Boooo Yaaaah, you guys rock!