They live in filth, spread diseases and are infiltrating a restaurant near you.
Roaches are seen creepy crawling at various low performing eateries across the Rio Grande Valley. The Pearl on South Padre Island is one of the kitchens with insect contamination.
Kitchen cops report finding one on the wall during a health inspection.
The Director of Marketing, Marisa Castillo, did not want to appear on camera, but admitted swift action is necessary. "It is an issue that we have to address immediately, said Castillo. And we will do so and take it very seriously."
Roaches also pop up at Janitzio on 1042 East Adams in Brownsville.
Kitchen cops order the restaurant to re-fumigate to get the problem under control.
De Alba Tortilleria & Bakery on 2633 Pecan Boulevard in McAllen turns up a dead roach in the prep area, according to a health report. But, this week's dirtiest kitchen goes to Tacos El Pio, a taco stand outside Pharr on Jackson Road near Dicker Street.
It received 27 demerits.
The eatery is no stranger to dirty dining on Food 4 Thought
Back in January it was shutdown for multiple violations. The recent report for Tacos El Pio shows no sink designated for hand-washing, meat not refrigerated, no soap or towels for proper sanitation, excessive flies and no health permit on site as required. They're the kind of violations you don't have to worry about at Laguna Bob's on 2401 Laguna Boulevard on South Padre Island, according to the manager there. "What we've always been known for, said restaurant manager Tom Rich. Good service... Good food... And now clean."
Laguna Bob's, which serves a variety of small seafood dishes, clawed its way to zero demerits.
The Food Patrol awards Rich a Top Performer sticker. "You put forth the same standards, said Rich. You do something... You do it well... That's what we do."
Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)
Hidalgo CountyTacos El Pio Jackson Rd & Dicker St (27) *Repeat Dirty Diner/Excessive Flies*
McAllenDe Alba Tortilleria 2633 Pecan (3) *Dead Roach in Prep Area*
BrownsvilleJanitzio 1042 E Adams (7) *Roaches*
SPIPearl 310 Padre Blvd (16) *Roach on Wall in Kitchen*
Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)
SPILaguna Bob TMs 2401 Laguna Blvd
WeslacoFat Daddy TMs 1322 International Blvd.Ranch House Burgers 1015 S. International Blvd.Taco Landia 3900 E. Hwy 83
San JuanGarza TMs Caf 308 N. NebraskaChurch TMs Chicken 1612 N. Raul Longoria
PalmviewEl Taco Chuy 121 E. Palmvista
McAllenDelia TMs Tamales 106 W. Nolana
PharrLuby TMs 500 N. Jackson
EdinburgEl Pato 1110 W. University Dr.Dairy Queen 1224 W. University Dr.Church TMs Chicken 1607 S. McCollBurger King Exp 83 and Tahoma