Restaurant Report Card for June 6: Going upscale in Houston

We're going upscale in this week's Restaurant Report Card

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - We're going upscale in this week's Restaurant Report Card. Restaurant rating service Zagat says Benjy's on Washington Avenue has "knock-out American fare and stellar people watching."

The customers may be cool, but Houston health inspectors said the trendy bar and restaurant wasn't keeping potentially hazardous food like turkey and salmon "cool" enough.

"Everything's been taken care of," said Benjy's manager Vinnie. "All the issues were addressed day of."

Vinnie told consumer expert Amy Davis that a cooler wasn't working properly, but they got it fixed in a snap.
Benjy's was also warned about flies in the bar area.

"The flies do come whenever the heat increases," the manager explained. "We also have a drain system, so they kind of build up in there. But we do have people that clean them out multiple times a week."

Inspectors deemed the food at the Houston Metropolitan Racquet Club inside 1 Allen Center not safe for human consumption because it was off temperature for more than 4 hours.

Alden Hotel downtown is now the Sam Houston Hotel, and its namesake wouldn't likely be proud of the latest health inspection.

The hotel got a citation for off temperature food "not safe for human consumption" and slime in the ice machine.

Fruit flies were swarming around the fries and other food in the kitchen at Wingstop at 11009 Fuqua.

Champion Pizza at 6101 Glenmont makes our list again for the same violations. Live roaches and rodent droppings in the food prep area.

Grab a cupcake from Celebrity Cupcake at 2343 University Boulevard where the owner is the star for a spotless inspection.

Another "A" goes to Nundini Chef's Table at 500 North Shepherd. Congratulations to both restaurants.

To see a complete list of restaurant violations in the Houston area, click here. 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 2014 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.