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Restaurant Report Card: 16 restaurants fail health inspections in May 2019

Posted at 10:45 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 01:34:28-04

PHOENIX — On the first Tuesday of every month, ABC15 takes action to share restaurant report cards from around the Valley. In May, 16 restaurants and food establishments failed to pass their health inspections with a "C" or better.

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


Rosati’s Pizza
4206 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85044
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Portions of the walk-in refrigerator shelf including containers (container containing bag of spinach) were soiled with food debris and some of this food debris was even observed falling into open containers of sauce below; [rep refrigerator used for pizza has several components in disrepair; observed sliced deli ham placed in plastic wrap dated 4/23 in lower compartment of prep refrigerator. Also observed cooked pasta dated 4/22 in the reach in refrigerator nearest cashier area. All of these products were discarded since they were kept past 7 days.

Mariscos Altata
5828 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85031
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Employee observed touching ready-to-eat ice with gloves after preparing food for service without washing hand or changing gloves; hands sinks blocked with dishes and carts to prevent proper handwashing; employee observed using the hand sink as a dump sink; no date marking present on cooked beans and salsa held longer than 24 hrs; vents in walk in cooler are soiled with dust and black build up.

Marshall’s Kitchen
730 S. 15th Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85007
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Manager washed raw chicken using gloves and then proceeded to put on new gloves and touch clean, single use dish ware without first washing hands; large 2-door cooler contained green pepper with white and black sticky material growing on exterior surface; no probe thermometer was on site/accessible at time of inspection; no hand drying towels available at hand washing sink in kitchen or restroom.

Los Reyes Mexican Food
6719 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix AZ 85033
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Employee observed cracking raw egg and then tried to touch deli meat; rice made over 24 hours before in the cooler did not have any date marking; vent above food prep area is soiled with grease, dust, and food debris; salsas measured at 65-68*F in customer self service area. PIC had employees put salsa in cooler and would use additional ice for cold holding in the future.

Yogi’s Grill
3121 W. Peoria Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85029
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: surface around the nozzle on the soda dispenser had the accumulation of splash back; cooked breaded chicken In pan on ice that was almost completely melted, was at 46-51° F., once again employee did not know timeframe of the product; mop faucet that was equipped with an atmospheric vacuum breaker had a y-valve attached and both water valves were left on.

Los Armando’s Mexican Food
4732 E Thomas Rd Phoenix 85018
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: two large deep containers (one plastic and one metal) filled to the rim with red chili and tomato salsa, which had been left cooling from previous night observed at 47 to 54 deg F; carnitas labeled 5/4/19 and cooked beef labeled 4/29/19 observed in walk-in refrigerator; scoops, tongs, and Styrofoam cups found submerged in multiple food items in walk-in refrigerator such as, green salsa, pico de gallo, and beef soup; ceiling in kitchen area found heavily stained and in poor repair from water leak.

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

Violations: Observed employee using hands to rinse dirty dishes and load dish machine, and then immediately begin putting clean dishes away without washing hands; concrete is starting to show through on floor in main kitchen prep area ([Person in charger] said that floors are to be resurfaced soon); Cold water is not available at hand sink near dish machine in back kitchen; Establishment served raw oysters and keeps shell stock tags but does not indicate the date that the last item of each batch has been used or discarded.

The Buffalo Spot
2080 W. Northern Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85021
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Observed gloved employee cleaning mixing utensil in 3-compartment sink then go directly to mixing jalapeno pineapple sauce without washing hands; observed employee in kitchen spray off mixing utensil in 3-compartment sink then use utensil to mix jalapeno pineapple sauce. Employee did not properly wash, rinse, and sanitize utensil before using to prepare food; observed spray nozzle attached to hose in mop sink in back kitchen. Hose was under pressure downstream of a backflow prevention device (BPD).

Green Mix
2160 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix AZ 85042
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Observed one staff consistently touching glasses, wiping nose....another staff picked up knife from floor with gloves....both returned to prepare lunch food without changing gloves and practice wash hands in between; Observed all staff not using proper steps while washing hands; observed same gloves being used to handle food then same gloves being used to pick up sanitizer bucket, changed out chlorine for the auto dish washing machine; fryer, grill, stove, shelving etc.... coated with organic matter.

Circle K
2120 W. Northern Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85021
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Observed slimy residue build-up in nozzles of soda machine in west side of store; Observed nacho cheese sauce in heated sauce dispenser next to hot dog rolling unit measuring at 123 degrees F. PIC did not know when the nacho cheese sauce was placed in the heating unit; observed packaged pre-cooked jalapeno cheeseburgers and jalapeno cheese stuffed pretzels in hot holding unit next to donut display case measuring between 42 - 80 degrees F.


Native Grill & Wings
4972 S. Power Road, Gilbert AZ 85212
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Observed employee go from working with raw chicken, remove gloves and then put on new gloves to start making food for orders; observed a couple cockroaches near the mop sink and by ice machine; Observed heavily soiled milk crates being used to store things off the ground; observed some tiles damaged/missing by ice machine; observed build up of food debris throughout establishment.

816 W. Warner Road, Chandler AZ 85225
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: observed person in charge (PIC) apply soap to hands, wet hands, lather for around 3 seconds then rinse; Observed a large gap between the door of the ice machine and the front of the machine, exposing the ice inside the machine to potential contamination; observed 3 spray bottles of multi-surface cleaners on a small wire rack attached to the large food/equipment/paper storage rack in the back of the kitchen, adjacent to the grill area. The chemical spray bottles stored above the boxes of fryer oil.

Hilton Hotel
2929 W. Frye Road, Chandler AZ 85224
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: observed raw bacon and raw sausage stored on a speed rack above cooked chicken, and chocolate bars; observed cooked bacon in a pan on top of the stove with an internal temperature of 117'F; observed the following items past their 7 day mark: marinara sauce (made in house) 5/9, Queso (made in house) 5/7, and cheese spread (containing canned peppers and cream cheese) 5/9.

Cobblestone Car Wash
1855 S. Signal butte Road, Mesa AZ 85210
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Hand soap unavailable at the food handler hand washing sink; Tornado roll as the only item on the hot dog roller machine at time found at 121F - tornado embargoed at time and discarded by manager at time. Maintain all hot held potentially hazardous foods at 135F and higher; No cleaning log available for the alternative cleaning schedule required by the issued variance for the F'Real milkshake mixing unit; Two stacks of the F'Real milkshake cups found on the floor of the walk-in cooler.

Ryu Sushi & Teppanyaki
2512 S Val Vista Suite 101 Gilbert 85295
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Observed container of cut onions stored on the ground; observed several ceiling times and air vents to be very dirty; Establishment does not have any probing thermometers on hand; observed very poor lighting in walk-in; Observed rice being held as time as a control without any procedures listed somewhere.


Cracker Barrel
9340 W Glendale Ave Glendale
Grade: D; see inspection report here.

Violations: Observed cook pull up visibly soiled pants with gloves on then grab chicken fried steak with same gloves on; Observed employee wipe hands on apron then wash hands for 5 seconds; observed milk cartons in large reach-in fridge at server station at 47-48 degrees F. Per PIC, the milk was placed in the fridge 30 minutes prior to inspection.