Kitchen Cops; Huddle House, Chinese restaurant among 9 low performers

Published: Sep. 25, 2015 at 1:32 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2015 at 10:11 PM CDT
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(WAFF) - There were several lows and highs in this week's edition of Kitchen Cops.

The Morgan County Health Department handed the Huddle House in Hartselle a 78. The inspector reports finding too many flies in the Huddle House. They got another violation for damaged food containers and lids, which can lead to cross contamination, and they lost points because personal drinks were on food prep tables.

Golden Phoenix Chinese Buffet in Athens scored an 81. The Limestone County Health Department reports finding roaches in the restaurant. They also lost points because the ice maker needed to be cleaned, and for using damaged fryer baskets.

French Quarter in Sheffield is a back-to-back Kitchen Cops low performer after scoring an 82 for the second straight inspection. The Colbert County Health Department reports they had ham and etouffee that was past their expiration dates, and that crab and boudin did not have date marks to indicate when that food would expire.

El Rio in Rogersville scored an 83. Restaurants are required to warn customers of the risks associated with eating certain animal foods that are raw or undercooked. The health department reports El Rio did not have the required consumer advisory on the menu.

Canebrake Club in Athens scored an 83. The inspector reports food in a cooler wasn't cold enough, 9 to 11 degrees above the temperature required to prevent bacterial growth. Also, the meat slicer needed to be cleaned.

The Clements Mini Mart in Athens scored an 80. The inspector says a worker was eating in the kitchen and then didn't properly wash their hands.

The Raceway on Highway 53 in Huntsville scored an 82. The health department reports pork chops were 17 degrees below the required temperature, while fried chicken and chicken wings were 15 degrees off the mark.

Abby's Mini Mart in Athens scored an 81. Hot dogs were 17 degrees below the required hot-holding food temperature, and the frozen drink nozzles needed to be cleaned.

Southside Food Mart in Russellville scored an 84. The inspector says they found a steak biscuit that was 15 degrees below the required hot food temperature.

Restaurante El Azteca in Huntsville needed at least an 85 to get off of the low performers list and off of the Madison County Health Department's reinspection schedule. They had one point to spare, scoring an 86, six points better than last time.

There are four Kitchen Cops High Performers this week. The deli at the Walmart in Cloverdale Road in Florence scored a perfect 100. The Destiny Gold Barbecue food truck out of Madison scored a 99. The Subway at the Walmart in Cloverdale Road in Florence scored a 99 and the Wildwood Tavern in Florence scored a 98.

For health inspection scores from around the Tennessee Valley and across Alabama, click here.

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