Kitchen Cops

Aug 9, 2013 1:00 AM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops: Restaurant buzz not all good

TUCSON - News 4 Tucson, looking to keep the food you eat when dining out safe. On patrol this week with Pima county Health Inspectors.

Ala Buzz Cafe
12985 N. Oracle Rd.
Inspected on July 31 and received seven critical violations. An employee's plate of food, along with a drink and an open package of cigarettes, were found where food is prepared. Employee dining must be done only in designated areas. Food stored in a reach-in refrigerator tested over the required maximum 41 degrees, with raw eggs at 61-degrees, ham 65-degrees, pancake batter at 58 degrees.

The inspector also observed several pans with "heavy" food debris stuck to them. Food items in a walk-in cooler had invalid discard dates. With more than 5 critical violations, Ala Buzz Cafe was given a "Provisional" rating.

On August 2nd, Ala Buzz Cafe passed re-inspection by the Pima County Health Department.

China Tai Cuisine
6546 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Received four critical and two non-critical violations. Food stored in a refrigeration unit tested over the maximum 41 degrees with raw pork at 64 degrees, raw eggs at 65 degrees and cooked beef at 66 degrees. Raw chicken was found stored over ready-to-eat noodles. Raw food must be separated from cooked food. Several utensils and dishes stored as clean had dried food encrusted on them. With all violations corrected during the inspection, China Thai Cuisine was given a "Good" rating.

Tortillas Don Chava
2013 S. 4th Avenue
Last week we told you about Tortillas Don Chava, at 2013 S. 4th Avenue, failing re-inspection. On Aug. 5, Tortillas Don Chava passed a re-inspection by the Pima County Health Department.

Restaurants awarded "Excellent" ratings include:

  • PF Chang's China Bistro, at 1805 E. River Rd.,
  • Vitellos at 15930 N. Oracle Rd. =
  • Brooklyn Pizza Company, at 534 N. 4th Avenue.

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