Restaurant Report Card: Sept. 9, 2013
WSIL -- Golden Corral in Carbondale earned an 84 on its most recent inspection.
Two critical violations cost the restaurant 10 points. Some fried chicken was slightly off temperature, and there was an issue with hand washing. The report notes "train employees to wash hands between handling raw food and clean utensils and between touching dirty and clean dishes."
The wall near a prep table and a cutting board were dirty, and the inspector asked Golden Corral not to put towels under the cutting boards.
The owner said he wasn't happy with the score, because the restaurant usually does much better. He has a person on staff who serves as an in-house inspector, constantly monitoring for problems and said the Carbondale location ranks at the top for food quality and safety among Gold Corral franchises.
Steak N Shake in Mt. Vernon received an 85 from the health department. The inspector took off because the ice scoop and serving trays were being stored in cloudy, contaminated water. The back doors weren't sealing tightly enough, and there were fruit flies in the restaurant.
Additionally, Steak N Shake didn't have a manager certified in food safety on duty. The walls, floors and inside of the refrigerators also needed cleaning.
A recheck a week later showed "no effort" to correct the fruit fly problem, and one of the bugs was found in a shake tin. The flies were still an issue when the inspector returned for a third time last month.
Marion's Pali Kai got a 92 but also had three visits from the health department in August.
At first there were no critical issues, but when the inspector returned, they found roaches and asked for the exterminator to visit. A third visit, a week later, recommended the exterminator continue to treat Pali Kai twice a month for three months.
9th Street Grill in Mt. Vernon was a high scorer with a 96. One of the coolers wasn't draining properly, and the floor behind the ice machine was dirty.
And the top score this week goes to The Vault Café on the Square in Marion with a 98.
The only deductions were because some hard-to-reach areas of the floor and the back splash by the grill needed to be cleaned.
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