Restaurant Report Card for June 7: Slime & roaches

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - Sugar, slime, wine and roaches -- which of these things do not belong?  The answer may depend on where you're dining.

When health inspectors stopped by the Royal Restaurant at 11919 Bissonnet, they said they saw dead roaches in a container holding 75 pounds of sugar. There were also dead roaches on the lids of flour and sugar containers and the ice machine. Live roaches were on the wall in the food preparation area.

Owner Jaffar Ali may have been surprised to see Local 2 consumer investigator Amy Davis when she walked in, but he said he didn't have anything to hide. Ali said he has the place exterminated twice a month, but doesn't know what caused the recent infestation.

At the Olive Garden at 2750 Highway 6 South, inspectors said they spotted a live roach near the dishwasher. 

There were roaches around the hand sink at Pho Vinh at 10910 Fuqua, inspectors said.

At the Shahnai Restaurant 5920 Hillcroft, inspectors said they tossed a bulk container of some sort of spice covered with small insects. 

Inspectors said there were drain flies buzzing around the storage room and the bakery at Rice Epicurean on Memorial. 

When inspectors dropped by The Tasting Room in Uptown Park, they said they found black slime in the ice machine. You might remember the slime was clear and tan when inspectors wrote the place up back in December. Hopefully the wine bar cleans it up this time.

Want some good options for dining out? Check out Pronto Cucinino on Town & Country Boulevard or the Panda Express at 5767 Hollister. Both restaurants earn A's for spotless inspections 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.