Roaches in Brownsville restaurant, Pharr eatery caught with moldy tortillas
When a kitchen cooks up demerit-less dishes, it scores the Food Patrol's ultimate honor for clean.
Villa Del Mar in Palmview is this week's featured top performer.
Reporter: When you walk in the restaurant and see that on the door (Food 4 Thought sticker)|What do you think?
That I can come here every single time... Clean forks... Clean trays... Clean cups... Everything clean, said waitress Maria Pacheco.
Carlos Cobos and his family love to eat at the seafood eatery on 910 Veterans Blvd.
"Makes me feel great, said the Food 4 Thought fan. Quality of food... I enjoy coming here just about every Sunday."
The staff is excited to be recognized.
It's not just the jumbo shrimp they want customers to sink their teeth into.
Workers want them to get a taste of their kitchen cleanliness, even before walking through the restaurant TMs door, by seeing their top performer sticker.
"I love that you guys are going out there and staying on top of things, said Cabos. You TMre making Valley residents feel comfortable about restaurants in our Valley!"
It TMs a different story in Pharr.
That TMs where a public health complaint at Taco Fiesta on 1101 North Cage Blvd in Pharr, leads to the discovery of moldy corn tortillas.
About 40 of them are voluntarily destroyed because mold is detected, according to a health inspector.
He says moldy food is a health risk.
The inspector added how the business thought the mold was actually burn marks on the corn tortillas.
The Food Patrol is told burn marks are typically brown in color, mold is black.
The tortillas in question are not made on the restaurant TMs premises, according to the report.
Demerits aren TMt typically issued on check-ups as a result of a public health complaint in the City of Pharr.
Once the tortillas were removed, no further action was taken.
Taco Fiesta did not comment on the inspector TMs findings when the Food Patrol tried to inquire about the health violation.
Palm Lounge Bar and Grill on 757 E. Elizabeth St. in Brownsville is back on the low performer list with a score of 28 demerits.
A refrigerator is off temperature at 64 degrees when it should be 41 degrees, according to a health report.
There TMs also no water pressure for proper sanitation, no soap or towels and a note about the need to fumigate because of roaches.
The creepy crawlers were caught on tape, along with other filthy conditions.
It's the second time this restaurant has cooked up insect contamination in less than a year.
You know what we say to that!
"Keep it clean!"
Weekly Low Performers: (total # of demerits)
BrownsvillePalm Lounge Bar & Grill (28) *Roaches, Off Temp Fridge*
PharrTaco Fiesta 1101 N Cage Blvd (complaint) *Moldy Tortillas*
Weekly Top Performers: (0 demerits)
PalmviewVilla Del Mar 910 Veteran TMs Blvd
San BenitoSubway 1220 W Hwy 77KFC 1120 W Hwy 77
ElsaLos Trijoles 720 E Edinburg
MissionRodriguez Restaurant 3227 W Mile 7Subway 4416 N ConwayTaqueria Don Felipe 2600 Mile 5
HarlingenChurch TMs 921 W TylerTaco Bell 1518 Ed CareyPeter Piper Pizza 306 N 77
EdinburgChurch TMs 1607 S McCollChurch TMs 1201 S ClosnerJack in the Box 1602 W UniversitySubway 102 S 2nd St
BrownsvilleTaco Chino 5075 Austin RdWingstop 5850 FM 802Long John Silvers 1165 FM 802
SPIPadre Brewing Co. 3400 Padre Blvd
Rio HondoDeep River Bar & Grill 28734 FM 106
DonnaPizza Hut 1309 E Bus 83