Sunday, Mar 9, 2014
Restaurant Report Card: Dec. 23, 2013
WSIL -- Krieger's in Mt. Vernon returns this week with a score of 83.
That's a five-point improvement since we featured it in July. A pair of critical issues cost Krieger's eight points this time around. The concentration of sanitizer in the dish machine wasn't high enough, and the inspector spotted dirty, frayed duct tape on plastic lids that was touching food.
Frozen strawberries were left out to thaw at room temperature, instead of under running water or in the refrigerator, and some torn gaskets and broken lids on the coolers had to be fixed. There were holes in the walls and unused equipment in the building that needed to be removed.
A follow-up showed the two critical violations remedied. The manager says both were addressed immediately and points out there were no problems with food handling or temperature.
It was an 84 for Cozy Table in Benton.
The only critical concern was an outside door that wasn't sealing all the way to ensure bugs and animals couldn't get inside. The dumpster lid was left open, and some food in the cooler and on the hot bar wasn't covered.
The inside of the refrigerators, storage shelves, walls, ceiling, and fan vents needed cleaning. The inside of the ice maker was dirty, and the inspector noticed blood on the kitchen floor. Additionally, Cozy Table didn't have a manager certified in food handling safety for each shift.
The critical issue with the door was fixed within a week.
Also in Benton, Martin's Sandwich Shop with an 88.
There were no critical violations, but some of the refrigerators didn't have visible thermometers, and the shelves and door of the cooler, the kitchen ceiling, and the bathroom floor were dirty.
Peking Palace in Harrisburg earned a 92 on its most recent check. The restaurant lost a few points because food was left uncovered at the cutting stations, some areas of the floor were dirty, and pre-washing wasn't being done in the correct sink.
And top honors this week go to Dad's BBQ in Eldorado with a 99.
The vents, a shelf, and some handles in the kitchen needed cleaning, which was the only violation.
Wind: 7 MPH
Humidity: 81 %