Kitchen Cops

Jul 4, 2014 2:11 AM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops: Rotten food spoils a local lodge's inspection

TUCSON - "Provisional" ratings are popular once again...for all the wrong reasons.

La Posada Lodge and Casitas Gringo Restaurant, at 5900 N. Oracle, received eight critical violations. Among the infractions, strawberries, grapes, and carrots were moldy were rotten to the touch. An open gallon of milk was severely curdled. With eight critical violations Gringo Restaurant, was given a "Provisional" rating.

Gringo management responded to the report saying, "The culinary team at Gringo sincerely apologizes for the recent lapse in procedure and wishes to thank the Pima County Health Department for their help. All of the problems have been resolved and we now have a much more rigorous training and inspection policy. We are more focused on the execution of these policies as a result of this inspection and thank our valued customers for their understanding."
Penca, at 50 E. Broadway, received six critical violations. Food items were not properly date marked. Blenders stored as clean had food residue on them. With six critical violations, Penca, was given a "Provisional" rating.

Penca management issued a statement saying, "We have always complied with all Health Department regulations and will continue to do so. All items listed on our report have been resolved. We are currently waiting for our re-inspection."

Circle K, at 6750 S. Craycroft, received six critical violations. No sanitizer was found at the facility. An employee told the inspector that coffee pots, condiment containers and utensils are never washed. With six critical violations, Circle K, was given a "Provisional" rating.

Noble Hops, at 1335 W. Lambert Ln., received five critical violations. Refrigerated food tested above the required maximum 41 degrees, with raw salmon at 55-degrees, ahi tuna at 49 degrees and mussels temped at 48 degrees. With five critical violations, Noble Hops was given a "Provisional" rating.

In a statement Noble Hops owners say, "During our inspection the health inspector said to our corporate chef Angel Morales "you know I applied at Noble Hops and was never hired right?" We have video of this and of her using non working digital temperature equipment to take false readings which we have offered to KVOA. We are appealing this and will continue our high standards of quality control, exceeding state health requirements just like we have the past 8 years at all of our restaurants."

Last week, we told you about Five Palms Steak and Seafood, at 3500 E. Sunrise, receiving a "Provisional" rating. The Pima County Health Department has confirmed, Five Palms, passed re-inspection.

Two weeks ago, we told you about Hotrods Restaurant, at 10500 E. Old Vail Rd and La Mia Toscana Italian Kitchen, at 7332 N. Oracle Rd., receiving "Provisional" ratings. The Pima County Health Department has confirmed that both establishments passed re-inspection.

Restaurants awarded "Excellent" ratings include, O'Malley's On Fourth, at 247 N. 4th Avenue, Carraba's Italian Grill, at 7635 N. Oracle Rd. and Carlota's Authentic Mexican Cuisine
10420 N. La Canada Dr.

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