A Dozen Restaurants Rack Up The Violations

MCDONALD'S
3109 W. GENTRY
TYLER
Inspected Feb. 28

Foods not held cold enough in a cooler, there were no towels to dry hands in the food prep area, and a worker handling foods without proper hand washing.  There were also problems with sink and plumbing.

Total Demerit Points: 26

SHOGUN
3521 S. BROADWAY
TYLER
Inspected Feb. 23

Rice was not cooling properly, and there was a dirty ashtray with cigarette butts stored above clean plates.  Also, a handsink was blocked, and paper towels were needed.  Stainless steel polish was also improperly stored.

Total Demerit Points: 21

McDONALD'S
5802 S. BROADWAY
TYLER
Inspected Feb. 19

Ice cream mix was held too warm, and workers were not washing hands properly before handling foods.  Also, a sick employee was seen working in the kitchen.  The employee had been vomiting.

Total Demerit Points: 20

MVP PIZZA
21138 HIGHWAY 155
FLINT
Inspected Feb. 8

Employee was handling foods with bare hands without proper washing or sanitization.  Also, a cutting blade was not cleaned properly.

Total Demerit Points: 19

DONUT PALACE
16700 FM 2493
GRESHAM
Inspected Feb. 27

Pigs-in-blankets being held at 76°F, an unsafe temperature.  Also, meat sandwiches in a cooler weren't marked with the date they were made.

Total Demerit Points: 18

CHINA CAFÉ
2001 WSW LOOP 323
TYLER
Inspected Feb. 8

Crab, seafood, and eggs were not held cold enough at the salad bar.  There were also many dented and swollen cans were found in storage.  The inspector noted build-up of dried food on slicer blade, and mold and mildew in the ice machine

Total Demerit Points: 16

CARRETA'S CAFÉ
7011 S. BROADWAY
TYLER
Inspected Feb. 27

Foods from cooler weren't being re-heated properly, a worker didn't wash their hands, and cut peppers were being stored in a cardboard box.  That's not allowed.

Total Demerit Points: 16

NOW FOR LONGVIEW RESTAURANTS WITH THE MOST DEMERITS

CHEDDAR'S
3074 N. EASTMAN
LONGVIEW
Inspected Feb. 21

Cold foods at unsafe temperatures. Gnat infestation in storage area. Prep areas were dirty. Also, the inspector noted improper handwashing and sanitizing.

Total Demerit Points: 23

BODACIOUS BAR-B-QUE
904 NORTH 6TH ST
LONGVIEW
Inspected Feb. 13

Hot and cold foods tested at unsafe temperatures, and the potato salad was called "hazardous."   Handling of foods was also labeled "unsanitary." There was evidence that mice had been in the food area.

Total Demerit Points: 17

BIG TOM'S BAR-B-QUE
2602 ESTES PARKWAY
LONGVIEW
Inspected Feb. 14

Hot and cold foods were being held at unsafe temperatures, and there were problems with a freezer.  Eating utensils were not sanitized properly.

Total Demerit Points: 16

DAIRY QUEEN
3815 WEST MARSHALL
LONGVIEW
Inspected Feb. 13

Cold foods held at unsafe temperatures.  Walls and floors needed cleaning.

Total Demerit Points: 16

PLAYA AZUL
1606 E. MARSHALL
LONGVIEW
Inspected Feb. 15

Hot foods were being held at unsafe temperatures.  Poor hygienic practices were noted, and eating utensils needed sanitizing.

Total Demerit Points: 16

Morgan Palmer, Reporting morganpalmer@kltv.com