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Restaurant Report Card: 17 Valley places failed their health inspections in September 2019

Posted at 9:45 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 15:28:43-04

PHOENIX — On the first Tuesday of every month, ABC15 takes action to share restaurant report cards from around the Valley. In September, 17 restaurants or food establishments failed to pass their health inspections with a "C" or better.

See inspection details from the Maricopa County Public Health Department below.


Filiberto’s Mexican Food
209 N. 24th Street, Phoenix AZ 85034
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Observed an employee rolling and lifting burritos with their bare hands in direct contact with the tortilla. Food service employees may not touch ready to eat food items with their bare hands; Observed two packages of raw sausage stored directly on top of two packages of tortillas in the walk-in fridge. These items were stored on a shelf directly above an open container of lemons. All raw animal products must be stored beneath ready to eat foods to prevent cross contamination.

Speedy Street Tacos
15 N. 40th Street, Phoenix AZ 85034
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: The establishment's walk-in fridge and prep line fridge were both out of temperature. The walk in fridge had an internal temperature of 49.4*F, and the prep fridge had an internal temperature of 54.1*F. All perishable foods out of temperature for several hours were embargoed; the establishment does not have a probe thermometer or any effective means of checking the temperature of food.

Carniceria El Rancho Grande
4227 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85040
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Throughout the deli and bakery, observed multiple eclectic fly catchers that were completely full of dead flying insects. Please replace the sticky pad to allow the device to catch more flies; Above a flat top grill, there is an electric fly catcher directly above. Please move the fly catcher to an area where it is not above food preparation; In the bakery area, observed that the entire ceiling is made up of acoustic tiles, which are porous and not easily cleanable. Please replace all of the [ceiling] tiles in the bakery area with a smooth and easily cleanable surface.

Old Country Buffet
9620 N. Metro Parkway West, Phoenix AZ 85051
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Observed tomato/ onion dicer (with removeable rubber piece) to have significant accumulation of yellow/ white matter. Per staff, item has never been disassembled for cleaning. Item was cleaned during inspection. Also observed slimy matter and dried food matter on surfaces of meat slicer and black matter on upper surfaces of ice machine. All items were set aside for cleaning during inspection; Measured internal temperature of backed potato on buffet line at 117°F. Potato was discarded. Discussed proper hot holding and possibly using time as a control until unit is repaired to hold food at 135°F or greater; Kitchen is in severe disrepair throughout. Holes in walls, water damaged/ rotting floor/ wall junctures, voids around plumbing, etc. Observed significant portions of tile floor missing tiles and holding standing water. Repair all floors, walls, ceilings to smooth, non-absorbent, easy to clean condition.

Angry Crab Shack BBQ
2808 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85016
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Observed multiple employees lather with soap and rinse soap off immediately prior to turning off handle with hands instead of paper towel. PIC educated employees about properly lathering with soap for 15 seconds prior to rinsing, then drying hands with paper towel and turning off the faucet with the paper towel last; In reach-in refrigerator near lobster tanks there were two cartons of raw shelled eggs and a package of raw chorizo being stored on the top shelf above corn, potatoes, and cooked sausage. Raw items were employee food items and were moved at time of inspection to prevent cross contamination; Raw salmon in sealed packages was being defrosted in walk-in refrigerator. Package stated to remove from packaging. PIC cut slits in the packages to ensure oxygen would be able to permeate.

Morning Star Assisted Living at Arcadia
3200 E. Glenrosa Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85019
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Raw turkey and fish stored over ready to eat food items in the reach in cooler at the end of the cookline area. PIC relocated the raw items to proper location. Ensure that food and/or ice are protected from cross contamination during storage, preparation, display; Chicken, feta cheese, ham, and eggs-47-53F in the make line/reach in cooler in the cookline area. *(All other food items in unit were 41F or below) PIC stated that all items had been in the unit for an extended amount of time and discarded all items; White gravy with 9-15 date and cooked peas with 9-2 date in the walk in cooler. Cooked sausage, hamburger, turkey item, beans, beef items in the walk in cooler and reach in coolers without date marks. Caper sauce and turkey deli meat items in walk in cooler with no date marks. PIC was unsure of when items were made and discarded all items-see embargo form.


Pedrito’s Mexican Food
311 W. Main Street, Mesa AZ 85201
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Observed line cook crack raw shell eggs onto stove and went to begin cooking. She went to change her gloves without washing hands; Observed some cut cabbage and whole tomato with mold growing on surface, in the back of the cold holding walk-in. Inspector had the PIC discard the adulterated items; Observed slime/mold in the soda dispenser. Had the PIC remove the part of the dispenser to clean at the time of inspection. Employee washed, rinsed, and sanitized the dispenser and replaced it.

Cindy’s Arizona Cafe
124 E. McKellips Road, Mesa AZ 85201
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Observed employee buss tables and proceed to grab clean utensils without first washing hands. Instructed employee to wash hands at time; observed bottle of home defense insect killer stored next to shelving unit behind ware washing station. PIC discarded insect killer at time of inspection; observed baby cockroaches behind sandwich prep table and small freezer in kitchen area; observed wall next to walk-in cooler detaching. Walls and ceilings must be properly sealed to provide a smooth, nonabsorbent easily cleanable surface.

Salvadoreno Restaurant
303 E. Southern Avenue, Mesa AZ 85210
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Observed raw chorizo stored above shredded chicken, potatoes, shrimp and beef. PIC re-arranged chorizo to be stored below ready to eat foods; Observed German Cockroaches throughout kitchen area. Verified pest control records with PIC, last treatment was conducted on 9/15; Observed beef empanadas, potatoes & cheese empanadas, and hush puppies from yesterday that had no date mark. PIC date marked items at time of inspection; observed potatoes, shrimp, beef and shredded chicken in reach in at 54*F. PIC stated it had probably been left out for hours and was discarded at time of inspection.

350 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe AZ 85281
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Cook observed handling raw hamburger and then changing his gloves without washing his hands. Employee was instructed to change his gloves and wash his hands and did so; Cook observed putting a ready to eat food items (pico do gallo) onto a plate with his bare hands. Employee put on gloves to handle ready to eat foods; Slicer observed encrusted with dried food. Per manager the slicer is broken down about once a week (slicer is used for tomatoes and prime rib). Item was disassembled to be clean and sanitized.

Pho Number One
1955 W. Baseline Road, Mesa AZ 85202
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Observed heavy buildup of grease and food debris on walls and floor behind wok line. Buildup of food debris was also observed on container rims and container sides in dry storage. Microwave in the back of kitchen was also observed with considerable amount of stuck on food debris. Person in charge will conduct a thorough deep cleaning of the facility including walls, floors, ceilings, equipment, storage containers, floor drains, hoods and any other areas where food debris has accumulated; Observed can of bug spray in corner underneath handwashing sink in back of kitchen. Employee discarded at the time of inspection; Observed bagged meat and other foods being stored on floor in walk-in freezer. Person in charge will organize freezer so everything fits on the shelves. Food must be stored at least 6 inches above the floor to prevent contamination.

Paris of Scottsdale
4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale AZ 85251
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Organic residue found on soda gun heads at self-service soft drink station. Clean soda fountain nozzles at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of organic matter; Observed the hand sink at the bar and in the kitchen near the dish machine without any drying provisions at time of inspection. The person in charge (PIC) stocked both hand sinks with paper towels; Observed spray bottles at the bar containing a clear solution in them. The PIC was not able to identify the solution. Bottles were removed from bar. Discussed with the PIC about labeling the spray bottles with their common name to properly identify them.

Hamachi Asian Bistro
1440 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa AZ 85210
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: Observed cut tofu in a metal container sitting on top of watery ice. The internal temperature of the tofu was 64'F. Per PIC, the tofu had been out for less than hour, and was moved to the prep cooler to rapidly cool; Observed 2 cans of insecticide, and 2 cans of flea/tick spray inside the establishment. PIC discarded the 4 cans. Application of insecticide should only be applied by a certified pest control company.

Zipps Sports Grill
14148 N 100th St Scottsdale 85260
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: On cook line, employee handled raw chicken with gloved hands, removed gloves, then donned new gloves to continue working with ready to eat foods without first washing hands after contamination has occurred. Instructed employee to remove gloves, wash hands, and don new gloves to continue with task; At cook line handwashing sink, closest to office, can of spray oven cleaner stored in basin of sink. Can of spray over cleaner was removed from basin of handwashing sink.

Poky's Cocina
No address listed; it is a mobile food unit
Grade: D; see inspection report, here.

Violations: During inspection establishment using latex gloves. Establishment switched to non latex upon request. No latex gloves allowed for food service in Maricopa County; Observed on top portion of prep refrigerator in holding multiple containers of pico de gallo at temperatures ranging of 48*F-50*F, items had been there less than 30 minutes and were moved to bottom portion of prep refrigerator to return to a temperature of 41*F; During inspection mobile food establishment did not have commissary visit logs to verify commissary use. Person in charge will maintain on mobile food unit at all times.

Ralph's Snack Bar #857 & #905
No address listed; it is a food truck company
Grade: D; see inspection reports, here (857) and here (905)

Violations: Observed employee wash hands for a total of 10 seconds. Employee rewashed hands properly for 20 seconds. Ensure to wash hands properly for at least 20 seconds; Observed employee in cook line, crack raw shell eggs then handle outer packaging of tortilla bag in cook line. Employee removed gloves and rewashed hands and donned new gloves. Ensure to follow proper handwashing protocols; No food probing thermometer on mobile food unit. Various TCS items found in danger zone.

**Ralph's Snack Bar owns more than 80 food trucks, according to its website. The health inspection reports listed them as "Ralphs Snack Bar" followed by a route number. It did not specify which brand of truck was part of the violation.


No restaurants in the West Valley inspected during the month of September failed their health inspections, according to the Maricopa County Public Health Department.