Restaurant Report Card for Aug. 1: Mold & slime

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - Molded deli meat and potentially hazardous chicken -- it's what is in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

We begin at Lupe Tortilla's on the Southwest Freeway between Shepherd and Kirby. When health inspectors stopped by, they said they found a small roach crawling inside a soda gun holder at the bar. They also noted pinkish-black slime in the ice machine.

KPRC Local 2 wanted to take a look to make sure employees have cleaned it out, but manager Ulysses Gonzalez asked the station to come back in two to three hours.

Inspectors condemned 234 pounds of chicken at Chick-fil-A in Willowbrook Mall that they said was off-temperature. The uncooked meat was 14 degrees warmer than allowed by the state health code.

At Rioja at 11920 Westheimer, inspectors said they found green and white mold on a 1-pound roll of deli meat. Workers tossed it. 

Inspectors said there were a lot of dead roaches at Anthony's Pizza at 736 Greens Road.

Inspectors described the ice machine at Bravos Mexican Restaurant at 5101 Bingle as "filthy" because it was full of slime.

There was more of the slippery stuff around the ice shoot of the ice machine at Ruby Tequila's at F.M. 1960 and state Highway 249, inspectors said.

Kudos this week go to Saltgrass Steakhouse at 11900 East Freeway and Yogurtland inside Memorial City Mall. Both restaurants earned A's in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

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.