The Main Stream

Aug 17, 2012 1:00 AM by Sean Mooney

Dirty job for Kitchen Cops this week

TUCSON - Pima County Health inspectors could've been called the filth patrol this week. Two featured restaurants definitely did not score a clean sweep on their inspection reports.

Asian Bistro received three critical violations. Mold was detected on a bag of onions, a butter wedge and on a pepper. Mold was also found throughout a walk-in cooler on food containers and the racks inside. Food items were not stored at the required 41 degrees. The inspector also noted the entire kitchen is in need of a thorough cleaning. Earning Asian Bistro, at 3122 N. Campbell Ave., a "Needs Improvement" rating.

Owner Stella Chan said "We at Asian Bistro apologize for our routine evaluation result which fell short of our usual standards and have since promptly corrected the areas which required attention. Cleanliness and sanitation has always been and will continually be our number one priority along with an exceptional quality of service."

Tucson McGraw's was given two critical violations, but it is the non-critical violations that stand out. Food, grease and dust buildup were seen on floors, walls and kitchen equipment. Uneven concrete floors in the kitchen and bar had dirt and water accumulating in cracks. The stainless steel floor of a walk-in refrigerator was rusted through. The inspection results earned Tucson McGraw's, at 4110 S. Houghton, a "Needs Improvement" rating.

Owner Lex McGraw said, "We have been in business for over 30 years and have never received a negative rating. We are in the process of fixing all violations".

Restaurants that scored an excellent rating this week include: Sausage Deli, at 2334 N. 1st Avenue, Mariscos Chihuahua, at 4185 w. Ina Road, and Famous Daves, at 4565 N. Oracle.

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