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Restaurant Report: Several Odessa restaurants on low performer list

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It was an extremely busy week for health inspectors in Ector County for the week of March 6th through March 10th. There were several top performers but also several low performers for the week.

El Troquero at 2267 S. County Rd. was cited for the following:

- No paper towel dispenser in men’s restroom
- Medicine stored in cold hold
- Menudo in hand washing sink
- Employees didn’t have food handler’s cards
- Person in charge not aware of card requirements
- No testing records for well water
- Ice machine appeared to have mold
- Restaurant permit not posted
- No chemical test strips
- Food not covered in cooler
- Food not labeled or dated

This resulted in 21 demerits for El Troquero. However, inspectors went back two days later and everything had been corrected.

Burri-Taco Express at 207 E. University Blvd. was cited for the following:

- Eggs unrefrigerated on counter top
- No food handler’s cards for employees
- No gloves for employees
- Floors very dirty
- Restroom had no sink water faucet
- Vent hood had missing filters
- No thermometers or chemical test strips
- Some food not labeled
- No soap and paper towels at sink

This resulted in 20 demerits for Burri-Taco Express. However, inspectors went back a few days later and everything had been corrected.

Chechito’s at 711 Charles Ave. was cited for the following:

- No certified manager
- Employees didn’t have food handler’s cards
- Current health permit not posted
- Food bins & packages not labeled
- No drain board
- No thermometer in refrigerator
- No light covers
- Cheese not stored properly
- Ceiling & grease filters dirty
- No soap, paper towels & sanitizer at hand sink
- Bleach not used on final rinse
- Employees eating in prep area

This resulted in 23 demerits for Chechito’s.

Lapa Lapa at 6070 W. University Blvd. was cited for the following:

- Food not covered
- Food in ice machine
- No certified manager
- No food handler’s cards
- Food not date marked
- Scoop in ice machine
- Meat not thawed properly

This resulted in 15 demerits for Lapa Lapa.

Goodlife Nutrition at 3171 E. University Blvd. was cited for the following:

- Hot water temperature not adequate
- Employees weren’t wearing gloves
- Hand sanitizer missing from sink
- Cheese container open with no date mark
- No hot water in restroom
- Single service items stored on floor
- Manager not present
- No food handler’s cards for some employees

This resulted in 17 demerits for Goodlife Nutrition. However, inspectors went back the next day and everything had been corrected.
T & T Donuts at 3117 Andrews Hwy. was cited for the following:

- Kolaches sitting out with no records
- Some foods not covered in cooler
- Milk cooler not cold enough
- Trash not bagged in dumpster
- Medicine in food area

This resulted in 15 demerits for T & T Donuts.

Jason’s Deli at 3167 E. University Blvd. was cited for the following:

- Valid permit not posted
- New employees not trained
- Inconsistent method of date marking
- Lettuce in hand washing sink
- Sanitizer not at hand washing sink
- Ice cream machine dirty
- Cheese not heated properly
- Sink used for food scraping
- Hair nets needed for some employees

This resulted in 19 demerits for Jason’s Deli.

As we mentioned, there were several top performers in Odessa for this particular week. Here’s a look at the top performers:

- Halftime Grill & Cantina (2120 Andrews Hwy.)
- The French Press (511 N. Grant Ave.)
- La Bodega Restaurant (1024 E. 7th St.)
- The Country Café (7828 W. University Blvd.)
- Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt (4931 E. 42nd St.)
- La Gordita Loca (1401 S. Crane Ave.)
- El Buen Pollo (2402 W. University Blvd.)
- Pizza Hut #13234 (2113 Andrews Hwy.)
- Pretzel Makers (4101 E. 42nd St.)
- Josy’s Grill, Inc. (4555 E. University Blvd., C-1)
- W.O.W. Beer & BBQ (3010 W. 1936 FM)

Midland did not have any restaurant inspection reports for this particular week.

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