Restaurant Report Card: Sept. 23, 2013
WSIL -- China Express in Carbondale scored an 82 when the health department visited last month.
The biggest problem was that one section of a refrigerator wasn't staying cold enough. The restaurant was instructed not to put any food in it until the issue was fixed.
A screen door that needed to be repaired also cost China Express points. Those were the only critical violations, but there were several cleaning issues as well. The floor under the woks and fryers, the spice cart and rice cooker were all dirty. Some utensils were being cleaned in a hand sink instead of being washed, rinsed and sanitized as required, and the three-compartment sink wasn't set up.
The inspector returned two more times, and within a week, all the violations had been addressed. The owner says any issues are taken care of right away.
The health inspector gave Red Hawk in Tamaroa an 88.
The only critical violation was for improper hand washing. Red Hawk was also docked because some food wasn't being thawed correctly, and a dishwashing rag was being used to wipe down other items in the kitchen. The report notes regular wiping cloths should be stored in buckets of sanitizer.
Denny's in Mt. Vernon received a 90 on its most recent check. The sanitizer liquid in the dish room was low, which resulted in an incorrect concentration. The lone critical problem was fixed on the spot.
Some hamburger and sausage in the cooler needed to be labeled with the date and time, and a manager working in the kitchen wasn't wearing a hat or hair net. Denny's also lost points because areas of the floor needed to be re-grouted, and there were food spills in the bottom of the refrigerators.
The Harrisburg Kentucky Fried Chicken got a 93. The plumbing in the walk-in cooler and drive-thru areas was leaking, trays needed to be washed, rinsed and sanitized, and the wiping cloths weren't being stored in a container of sanitizer between uses.
And finally, newcomer Kelly's Kitchen in Galatia takes the top spot on the Report Card this week with a score of 98.
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