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      Buffet of demerits exposed at restaurant with roaches, cat inside

      Las Brisas in Brownsville

      Las Brasas on 2040 Central Boulevard in Brownsville is getting a finger wave from the Food Patrol and not a sticker for failing miserably on a health inspection report. The restaurant scored 44 demerits on a December 18th inspection. City photos obtained by the Food Patrol show rotted walls, dirty floors, a cook with no hairnets, a cat inside, filthy equipment and roaches. Lots of them too! The owner voluntarily shutdown for 2 days for repairs, according to reports. The health department continues to keep watch over the restaurant. Roaches also pop up at a couple of Aziz convenience stores in Pharr, according to reports from mid-December. The locations busted with insect contamination included 1406 West Nolana Avenue and 824 West Ferguson. Taco Palenque on 1000 South 10th Street in McAllen is the first restaurant in the Rio Grande Valley to receive a brand new 2014 top performer sticker from the Food Patrol. Only clean kitchens with zero demerits on a health report get one. And with the Food Patrol's trademark "keep it clean" finger up on the door, customers immediately take notice. "I love it," Manny Lopez said. "It's great!" Taco Palenque is no stranger to clean with a 2008 sticker already on the restaurant's door. Manager Luis Castaneda credits the newest achievement to a great staff. "Because we work hard as a team to get the job done," he said. Ernest Garza loves eating at the restaurant. "I'm not surprised because every time I come here it's nice and clean," he said. Manny Lopez is a Food Patrol fan. "Let the finger be your guide to clean!" he said while checking out the new 2014 sticker. You know what the Food Patrol says about that--"Keep it clean!" Click here to follow Ryan Wolf on FacebookClick here to follow Ryan Wolf on TwitterClick here to watch past episodes of Food 4 Thought

      Top Performers List Low Performers List Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits) BrownsvilleLas Brasas 2040 Central Blvd (44) *Roaches, Voluntarily Closed* PharrAziz 1406 W NolanaAziz 824 W Ferguson

      Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits) WeslacoEl Rincon De Sazon 3214 E Mill San JuanStars 701 N Nebraska McAllenTaco Palenque 1000 S 10thPizza Hut 739 Dove AveMr. Gatti's 4100 N 2nd AlamoBurger King 446 E FrontagePollito Grilled Chicken 700 N I Rd DonnaDaisy's Caf 133 S 8th St PalmviewLittle Caesar's 104 N FM 492 EdinburgWok Express 4013 S McCollEl Caporal 2621 W Monte Cristo Rd