Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
Restaurant Report Card: Jan. 13, 2014
WSIL -- Steak 'n Shake in Carbondale earned an 83 on its latest check.
That's three points lower than when it was featured last month, but the inspector praised the restaurant for better cleaning, good separation of raw and prepared foods, and proper burger temperatures.
There were two critical violations; the fry freezer wasn't staying cold enough and had to be repaired. Additionally, the bucket used to soak wiping cloths didn't have any sanitizer in it.
Steak 'n Shake was also docked because a bucket of pickles was left uncovered and on the floor in the cooler, a hand sink didn't have any soap, and an employee wasn't wearing a hat or hair net while handling food.
Nearly all of the issues were corrected within a week, but the concentration of sanitizer remained a problem. Management says they've been working hard on cleaning and fixed all the issues right away.
It was an 89 for St. Louis Wok in Mt. Vernon.
Food temperature accounted for the one critical violation. Egg rolls and rice that weren't being kept hot enough had to be thrown out.
Some food in the refrigerator wasn't labeled with the date and time it was opened, and there was a towel covering the fried rice, which is not an approved food contact surface.
Some coolers didn't have thermometers in them, and a couple of employees didn't have their hair properly covered.
The health department gave The Chestnut Café in DeSoto a 93 last month.
The dish machine was the source of the lone critical problem. It was not dispensing any sanitizer, so the inspector called for the restaurant to sanitize dishes by hand until it was fixed. One sink was out of soap and another, missing paper towels.
The inspector praised The Chestnut Café for good labeling.
Agave in Mt. Vernon received a 96. There were no critical violations, but some bulk food and meats weren't labeled properly.
Also, salsa and pork in the cooler weren't covered, and the walls of that refrigerator were dirty.
Finally, taking the top spot this week is Kelly's Kitchen in Galatia with a 99. The restaurant lost one point because the inside of the coolers and the food bins needed to be cleaned.
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