Food 4 Thought - Top name restaurants exposed for dirty dining

Big demerit totals for some big name restaurants in the Valley.

People who eat out said they were shocked to learn about the dirty dining at their favorite eateries.

The Food Patrol exposed Carino TMs Italian restaurant in Brownsville, Chili TMs in Weslaco along with House of China in north McAllen for the second time this year.

Carino TMs on 2600 North Expressway 77 was busted by kitchen cops with 25 demerits.

One of the violations included evidence of rodent contamination.

An inspector noted on the health report about chewed wood.

Chili TMs on 1412 West Expressway 83 racked up 27 demerits as the dirtiest this week.

The restaurant was also busted with insect contamination that included flies and a dead roach.

Click on the video link to see the good, the bad and the dirty dining in this week TMs Food 4 Thought report.

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Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

BrownsvilleCarino TMs Italian 2600 N Exp 77 (25) *Evidence of Rodents, Cross Contamination*

WeslacoChili TMs 1412 W Exp 83 (27, 3) *Insect Contamination w/ Flies & Dead Roach*

McAllenHouse of China N. 10th St (21) *Bad Kitchen Sewer Smell, Ticket Warning for Violations*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

PharrJunction Caf 11 S Cage

SPIDenny TMs 1100 Padre BlvdZeste Gourmet 3508 Padre Blvd

PalmhurstTaco Rico 207 E Mile 3

San JuanLucky Caf 300 E Frontage Rd

BrownsvilleBranding Iron 2370 N Exp 77Subway 4990 N Frontage Rd

San BenitoWhataburger 1110 W Hwy 77Vicky TMs 100 S Williams

EdinburgSonic 2222 W UniversityMcDonald TMs 2120 W UniversityJack in the Box 1602 W University

HarlingenWhataburger 1522 E HarrisonRio Grande Grill 417 W Van BurenMr. Gatti TMs 1208 N 77Papa Murphy TMs 920 S 77Crazy Buffet 1618 S 77