Restaurant Report Card for Sept. 13: Repeat problems

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - Inspectors found all sorts of violations to fill this week's Restaurant Report Card.

A health inspector said he found 25 pounds of food, including fish, slaw and dressings, 19 degrees above the required temperature at The Fish Place on the Gulf Freeway near Almeda, deeming it all potentially hazardous. He also said he found two roaches near a sink in the kitchen.

The manager was reluctant, but he did let KPRC Local 2 go behind the kitchen door. We didn't see any roaches.

You might remember Playa el Cuco on East Crosstimbers from earlier this year. In May, inspectors said the flies and gnats were so out of control in the kitchen that they had to close the place. They also said bugs were crawling around in the container of sugar. In 2011, inspectors dropped in five times and they tossed 52 pounds of food that was left sitting out overnight. On their most recent trip to Playa el Cuco, inspectors found pork, cheese, beans and eggs up to 46 degrees off temperature. They also noted that owners weren't doing enough to get rid of the flies and gnats.

At Dragon Bowl on 11th Street near Shepherd, inspectors said the cutting board was covered in black stains and mold.

Inspectors said there was pink slime in the ice machine at the Starbucks in Meyerland Plaza on Beechnut.

At the Airport Food Mart at 6915 Telephone Road, inspectors said there were worms and flies in the bags of rice.

We're giving A's this week to the Subway at 11039 East Freeway and Pappas Seafood on the North Freeway near the Beltway. Both restaurants had spotless inspections.

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.