Ice machine mold turns up at popular Edinburg eatery

Los Compadres in Edinburg is cooking up trouble on Food 4 Thought. "Oh my god," customer Mary Valdez said about the violations. The restaurant on 1012 South Closner scores 26 demerits on a health report. A kitchen cop finds a refrigerator off-temperature by nearly 20 degrees. The report also indicates food handlers are not washing hands, there are no paper towels for proper sanitation and there's mold in the ice machine. They are the kinds of kitchen conditions Mary and her daughter Ashley Valdez never expected to hear about at Los Compadres. "I don't want to pay for mold in the ice machine," Ashley said. The food patrol is not allowed in the kitchen. Management is also not around to answer questions about the dirty dining. Mold in the ice machine also turns up at the Tejano Mart on the corner of Business 83 and Airport Drive in Weslaco. A manager admits the ice machine was dirty but tells the Food Patrol she never spotted the mold. The health report makes the cross contamination violation pretty clear. Other no-no's include wilted peppers, an inaccessible hand wash facility, off-temperature ground beef and dirty equipment, according to the report. There 28 demerits in all. De Cache in Edinburg has roaches. It's the second year in a row the restaurant on 417 East Schunior has been featured by the Food Patrol for dirty dining. Anna Cantu is the restaurant's manager. "I don't know why it happened... But we try to be very clean," she said about the roaches. Pollito and Vaquita on 715 Frontage Road in Alamo is this week's featured top performer with zero demerits on a health report. The kitchen has been open for less than 3 months but already it's proving to be a cut above the rest when it comes to clean. The staff hopes their top performer sticker will help guide hungry customers inside. "It's a safe place for them to come and eat," Prince Villarreal, a cashier said. Keep it clean!

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Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

Los Compadres 1012 S Closner (26) *Off Temp Fridge, Ice Machine Mold*De Cache 417 E Schunior (11) *Roaches*

WeslacoTejano Mart 1540 E Bus 83 (28) *Ice Machine Mold, Wilted Peppers*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

AlamoPollito & Vaquita 715 Frontage RdWhataburger 513 N Alamo Rd

PharrChurch TMs 6409 S Cage

EdinburgBuffalo Wings & Rings 1809 W TrentonLuby TMs 2201 W UniversityKato Sushi 2706 Cornerstone Blvd

BrownsvilleMarcelo TMs Tacos 3305 Southmost

PalmviewAkita-Shi-Sushi 2121 W Griffin PkwyPeter Piper Pizza 1730 W Palm VistaStars 990 E Palm DrJack in the Box 105 W Palm Vista Dr

ElsaStars 601 E Hwy 107McDonald TMs 112 E Edinburg

San JuanMcDonald TMs 824 W Bus 83

ProgresoStars 704 S Bus 1015

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