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      Food 4 Thought - New Sticker Revealed, 1st Dirty Diner of 2011 Exposed

      It TMs a double dose of drama on the Food Patrol TMs first week of the New Year.

      One restaurant is first to be awarded the new 2011 top performer sticker, while another goes down as the first featured dirty diner of the year on Food 4 Thought.

      Applebee TMs on 514 E. Expressway 83 in McAllen scored 29 demerits on a health report.

      The long list of violations included: a meat cooler nearly 15 degrees off temperature, a cross-contamination concern in the cold room with foods uncovered, a hand sink blocked by sweeping equipment, food handlers without city issued ID cards, and dirty equipment.

      A staff meeting was held the day after the low performer report was issued to get employees back on track when it comes to health code safety, according to Agustin Rodriguez, general manager at the eatery.

      "We go back to the basics... the Applebee's standards, he said. I wasn't here the first try... it's not an excuse... I came back and put together a game plan with managers so we have everything organized the way it should be."

      Click on the video link to watch if the plan worked and to see who earned the first new 2011 top performer sticker in this week TMs Food 4 Thought report.

      Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

      McAllenApplebee TMs 514 E Exp 83 (29, 7) *Meat Cooler Off-Temp., Dirty Equipment*

      Weekly Top Performer List: (zero demerits)

      San JuanLucky Caf 300 E Frontage RdDairy Queen 800 W Hwy 83

      EdinburgWendy TMs 2111 W University DrBurger King 1702 W University DrChurch TMs 3469 N 281

      McAllenChick-Fil-A 2200 S 10th StWendy TMs 2716 Nolana Ave

      MercedesValley Taco 1020 W Baseline Rd