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      Woman claims 4-year-old ate maggots in restaurant beans

      Zoila Huaracha snapped photos of what she believes are maggots found inside an order of beans. She says her 4-year-old grandkid ate them with her daughter-in-law's to-go order Monday from Taco Rico along FM 495 near Ware Road in McAllen. "She was just disgusted with it," Zoila said. Her family immediately contacted management. They apparently weren't receptive to the news. "We did call here and management was just like, 'No. There are no maggots here.' I just said, 'Please take the pot away. 'Don't be feeding it to other people.'" The McAllen Health Department immediately inspected Taco Rico following a complaint. No maggots were ever found. The owner says his restaurant is a 5-time top performer sticker winner on Food 4 Thought. He even showed the Food Patrol the beans. What's being questioned, Manager Alma Alaniz says, is simply part of the food. "The woman has probably never cooked beans before because in the center of the bean there is the heart of the bean, the seed," she explained. Zoila isn't convinced. "These had a little black head," she said. The woman has this warning for fellow Food Patrol fans. "Just look at your food before you eat," she said. Salome's Steak House on 490 Hidalgo in San Benito isn't keeping it clean with 21 demerits. The meat market is busted with rodent poop, according to a health inspection report. The Food Patrol wants to know what's been done to clean up since their inspection at the end of October. But things turn ugly with a worker who would not identify himself. "Are you the manager?" Action 4's Ryan Wolf asked. "Que paso?" he said. "We're here about the health inspection report.... the mice droppings that were found in the back room," Ryan said. "There are what?" the man questioned. "Mice droppings," Ryan responded. "No," the man said. "See it right here on the report," Ryan pointed out. "I don't care," the man responded. "Who are you?" Ryan asked. "Are you Mauro?" referring to the owner's name who signed the report. "You don't care who I am," he said while pushing the Food Patrol out the door. "I'm not going to let you in here." "Don't push," Ryan said. "We'll you get out of here then," the worker said. "What do you say to the customers?" Ryan asked while leaving. "Nothing," he said. Los Trevi Drive-Thru on 691 Morningside Road in Brownsville is the dirtiest this week on Food 4 Thought with 27 demerits at the end of October. A city inspector took photographs of moldy cheese that expired weeks ago, flies caught on camera and areas where there are no soap or paper towels for proper sanitation. The business is working on the corrections before a re-inspection, according to an employee who spoke to the Food Patrol over the phone. BJ's Brewhouse on 3200 Expressway 83 in McAllen is this week's featured top performer with zero demerits. Mark Reis is general manager at the restaurant. "It makes me proud to serve the Valley and make sure we're serving quality food and getting it out to the people in a safe and healthy way," he said. Mark admits how eateries that fall below the mark leave a bad taste for everyone. "As an industry, it puts a question in everyone's mind," he said. "But when you have one of these [sticker], it let's everyone know that you're one of the best out there." You know what the Food Patrol says to that--"Keep it clean!"

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      Top Performers List

      Low Performers List

      Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

      San BenitoSalome TMs Steak House 490 Hidalgo (21) *Rodent Droppings, No Hairnets*

      BrownsvilleLos Trevi Drive-Thru 691 Morningside Rd (27) *Moldy Cheese, Flies*

      Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

      McAllenBJ TMs Brewhouse 3200 Exp 83Macaroni Grill 3500 Exp 83

      PharrKFC 904 E Bus 83Church TMs 10 S CageTaco Fiesta 1325 S Cage

      SPICaf on the Beach 3616 Gulf Blvd

      EdinburgWillie TMs BBQ 114 S Loeb