Restaurant Report Card: February 5, 2018 - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Restaurant Report Card: February 5, 2018

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WSIL -- This week we take a closer look at six area restaurants and how they're doing with the health inspector.

Huddle House in Metropolis had eight violations after the Massac County inspector checked the eatery late last year. Three of those violations were deemed critical, giving the spot a 79.

Five points were taken away because kitchen employees were seen not wearing gloves while handling ready to eat foods. The problem was corrected on the spot. Another five points were lost because the restaurant did not have a certified food service manager on hand at the time of the inspection. There was also a four point deduction because the sanitizer and solution in the three compartment sink was not correct. The sanitizer bucket water was dirty. This violation was also corrected at the time of the inspection.

Sauce was found on a cooling tray in the back of the restaurant and not covered, that was a two point loss. There were some other cleaning violations found during the check.

The Jackson County inspector gave Fat Bottom Betty's in Carbondale an 84. There was one critical violation, which was a four point loss because there was no chlorine in the dish machine at the bar area. Trash bags were being used to cover some food items, instead of the proper bags. That was two point loss, as was the improper storage of some scoops. Several other cleaning violations were found.

Staying in Jackson County, Legends at Walker's Bluff received an 86. One critical violation was found there. It was a five point loss because expired milk was found in the cook line refrigerator. The milk was thrown out. Employees were reminded to label food items properly, wear hair protection in food prep areas and keep cell phones out of the kitchen. 

Opie's Diner in West Frankfort got a 92 from the Franklin County inspector. Five points were taken away because drinks were found in an undesignated area and were missing lids. A couple of areas in the kitchen needed to be cleaned better.

Back to Walker's Bluff and the Cellar Tasting Room earned a 96. Two points were lost because there were no towels at the bar hand sink.

Williamson County newcomer The Smoothie King is crowned as this week's top score. The spot earned a 99.

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