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Wastewater near food. Lobster in algae. A live rodent. These restaurants were shut down.

A statewide look at Florida’s top restaurant violations for 2016-17

Restaurant inspections ensure food retail establishments are in compliance with state sanitation and food safety procedures. Here are the top ten violations inspectors found between 2016-17 in Florida restaurant kitchens.
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Restaurant inspections ensure food retail establishments are in compliance with state sanitation and food safety procedures. Here are the top ten violations inspectors found between 2016-17 in Florida restaurant kitchens.

A short Thanksgiving workweek means an extremely short list of South Florida restaurants that were cited for health violations and shut down as we all move on from last week’s leftovers.

What follows comes from restaurant inspections by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We don’t control who gets inspected or how strictly (but if you want to file a complaint about a restaurant, click here). We serve this up without passion or prejudice, but with a skillet of humor.

Bagel Tree Restaurant, 6585 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach — What bothers you more from Tuesday’s inspection?

“Four live flies landing on dirty towel at laundry basket by the exit door.”

Or...”Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands ... .employee grabbed bagel with bare hand” and the bagel got thrown in the trash.

Or...Stop Sales on matzoh balls and mushroom barley soup that still hadn’t cooled enough despite cooling overnight.

Or....rodent poop as in “approximately over 35 dry rodent droppings and approximately 15 fresh rodent droppings underneath bread shelf by by the water heater at bagel station...Three fresh rodent droppings beneath dry storage shelf, two dry rodent droppings underneath dry storage shelf at prep station...One dry rodent dropping by the exit door.”

Or...”live rodent on the trap underneath dry storage shelf.”

Hong Kong City BBQ, 5301 State Rd. 7, Tamarac — Water problems in Hong Kong City on Nov. 19.

First, “no hot running water at the three-compartment sink” because the water was shut off.

But, also, “Wastewater backing up through floor drains in the front counter area where food preparation occurs. Water from drain seeping thru carpet on top of drain. Area wet from employees stepping on wastewater. This area is where meats are cut and rice is served. When the carpet was pulled up, observed clogged drain and strong odor.”

Elsewhere, on the floor, “three fresh and 10 dry rodent droppings in the dishwashing area next to the cookline. Two dry rodent droppings ivy water heater. Eleven dry rodent droppings under shelving units in the wait station.”

Did you have the lobster? Well, you should know “Lobster tanks with live lobsters inside for public consumption with excessive debris and algae.”

Bread was uncovered in the chest freezer. Prepped veggies were uncovered in the walk-in cooler. Also in the walk-in cooler, the “cabbage storage container heavily soiled.”

“Clean utensils or equipment (cups and tea pots) stored in dirty shelving in wait station” Then, that kind of trumps the “clean,” doesn’t it?

And the inspector dropped Stop Sales like Hurricanes wide receivers dropped passes Saturday. Egg rolls (50 to 57 degrees) and cooked chicken (65 degrees), cooling since the previous night in the walk-in cooler, weren’t even close to 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepared raw ribs (48 to 50 degrees) and raw beef (48 to 49 degrees) weren’t close, either.

Hong Kong passed re-inspection on Tuesday.

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