A seafood restaurant in Pharr is off to a rocky start with high demerits on a health inspection.
El Huachinango on 400 South Cage Boulevard scored 24 demerits on an initial report.
Blood drippings were found in the fridge along with improper hand-washing and uncovered foods.
The owner, Hector Menchaca, admits mistakes were made.
He says the business has only been open for 6 months.
Inspections help his employees better understand problems in the kitchen, according to Menchaca.
His restaurant corrected most of the violations on a re-inspection.
Click on the video link to see what the kitchen looks like now as the Food Patrol reveals the good, the bad and the dirty dining in this week TMs Food 4 Thought.
Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)
PharrEl Huachinango 400 S Cage (24, 3) *Blood Drippings in Fridge, Improper Handwashing*
AlamoIelari TMs Drive Thru Cesar Chavez & Richardson (22) *Off Temp Foods, Dirty Equipment*
WeslacoStripes 2455 N International (27) *Off Temp. Chicken & Pork, Expired Permit*
Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)
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PalmviewPeter Piper Pizza 1730 W Palmvista
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