Restaurant News & Reviews

Flies on the wall, roaches by the reach-ins got this restaurant closed after inspection

A new low for this week’s “Sick and Shut Down List” and we’re not ashamed.

For the first time in our restaurant inspection reporting history, only one establishment in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or Monroe counties failed state inspection. A good week for the restaurants. Or, a slow week for the inspectors.

(This is not to be confused with our biweekly Gross Grocers list, the next edition of which is scheduled to come out this week. And we know more than one place didn’t pass muster there.)

What follows comes from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation restaurant inspections. For a restaurant, failing an inspection means being closed until a re-inspection is passed. If you want to file a complaint about a restaurant, don’t email us — file a complaint by clicking here. We don’t control who gets inspected or how strictly they get inspected. We report without passion or prejudice, but with a side order of humor.

Harvest Moon Bristo, 102 Curtiss Parkway, Miami Springs: No need to wonder if these walls could talk. They did talk and what they said was something like GET SOME BUG KILLER IN HERE. SWAT A FLY, WHY DON’T YOU?

“Observed approximately nine flies on the wall in the kitchen area.”

“Observed approximately eight roaches crawling on wall behind the reach-in cooler ... two roaches crawling on the wall behind the reach-in freezer .. .four dead roaches on top of the reach-in cooler ... three dead roaches on top of the shelf under the microwave.”

The reach-in cooler also had soiled gaskets. The shelf under the prep table was “soiled with food debris.”

Harvest Moon shined during Wednesday’s re-inspection to get open again.

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Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.