Dirty dining exposed at El Zarape, Mega Kids Daycare and Captain Al's

Live and dead roaches turn up at Mega Kids Daycare on 1200 East Fern Avenue in McAllen

Mega Kids Daycare on 1200 East Fern Avenue in McAllen watches over up to 50 kids at a time.

That's why the Food Patrol's concerned about a specific violation in the kitchen--roaches!

Live and dead ones turn up during an inspection with 6 demerits.

But one worker, who did not identify herself, calls the health department's findings untrue.

"There's nothing in here," she said. "You can go check."

With her permission, the Food Patrol heads straight into the kitchen for a peek around.

Within seconds a dirty discovery is made in a cabinet.

Baby roaches are found on a paper towel that lines the cabinet with cups on top of it.

The mood inside the kitchen changes soon after Action 4's Ryan Wolf shares his finding with the employee.

"There are roaches on this towel," Ryan said.

"Okay," she said.

"There are roaches in this cabinet where you said there was none," Ryan added.

"Okay," she responded again. "Sir, you need to get out please."

"So now we have to leave?" Ryan asked.

"Yes," she said.

Outside the daycare, the owner's husband informs the Food Patrol that he will get the kitchen cleaned.

Roaches also turn up at Captain Al's on 2180 West Business 77 in San Benito.

Despite the discovery, Captain Al's is making improvements with just 9 demerits.

This is the restaurant's second time on the low performer list this year on Food 4 Thought.

Jerry Rojas is the owner's son.

"When you see your family's restaurant on our program, Food 4 Thought, how does it impact you?" Ryan asked.

"Big time," he said. "What would you expect if you hear people talking about you? You wouldn't like that. So we took action. More than we used to have. We doubled up on everything."

It includes pest control where the restaurant is now sprayed twice a week instead of only once.

Taqueria El Zarape on 1821 North Texas Boulevard in Weslaco is the dirtiest kitchen this week.

There are 24 demerits on a health inspection report as a low performer.

Violations that are not found on the menu include: a cross contamination of raw foods in the walk in cooler, flies along with dirty equipment and utensils.

The assistant manager tells the Food Patrol they work hard to keep it clean and that several corrections have been made.

Whataburger on 1110 West Business 77 in San Benito is this week's featured top performer with zero demerits.

The restaurant earns its second sticker this year.

Team members sum up their excitement in three words, Keep it clean!

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Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

McAllenMega Kids Daycare (6) *Live and Dead Roaches*

San BenitoCaptain Al TMs 2180 W Bus. 77 (9) *Roaches*

WeslacoTaqueria El Zarape 1821 N Texas Blvd (24) *Flies, Cross-Contamination of Raw Foods*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

San BenitoWhataburger 1110 W Bus 77

MissionThe Club at Cimarron 1200 S Shary Rd

HarlingenPizza Patron 806 N 13thWhataburger 613 Ed Carey Dr

EdinburgSubway 8420 N Exp 281Church TMs 1201 S ClosnerBurger King 4006 S McColl

WeslacoLin TMs Grand Buffet 1402 W Exp 83