Stripes kitchen caught storing tortillas in dirty container

Dirty photos surface from a Stripes convenience store on 3500 FM 802 in Brownsville.

The kitchen scored 30 demerits on a February 26th health report.

An inspector discovered a lot of fruit flies in the kitchen, dirty equipment, burritos with missing proper labels, improper hygiene practices with an employee cup in the prep area and a dirty container for tortillas.

Taqueria La Diligencia on 943 South Alamo Road in Alamo isn't keeping it clean with 24 demerits on a February 25th inspection.

A kitchen cop finds no soap or towels for proper sanitation, no hairnets, meats uncovered in the cooler, which is a cross-contamination violation and dirty restrooms with no soap or towels, according to a health report.

The Food Patrol heads inside the restaurant to see if things have been cleaned up.

A cashier says a manager is not on site at the time.

That's a violation according to county health rules.

Antigua Bakery and Gifts on 1022 East Harrison in Harlingen is busted with insect contamination.

Roaches make up part of the shop's 6 demerits from last month.

Owner Leticia Garcia tells the Food Patrol that she's now doing monthly pest control as a result of the inspection and hopes people will feel safe to come and try out her sandwiches and baked goods.

El Pollo Norteno on 4313 North Conway in the Palmhurst area is this week's featured top performer zero demerits.

The Food Patrol awards the restaurant a top performer sticker.

Staff at the eatery says they work hard and hope the sticker promotes the restaurant as clean after just 7 months in business.

Ofelia Garza, cashier, says the chicken plates are a top seller!

"They include rice, refried beans, green onion, jalapenos, tortilla and salsa," she said.

But there's one dish Ofelia says the Food Patrol has to try called "El Pirata."

It's like a quesadilla with bistek, beans and white cheese inside.

The item is #13 on the menu.

"That's cheesy goodness right there," Action 4's Ryan Wolf said after taking his first bite.

Keep it cheesy.

Keep it clean!

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Top Performers List Low Performers List

Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

BrownsvilleStripes 3500 FM 802 (30) *Fruit Flies, Tortillas in Dirty Container*

HarlingenAntigua Bakery & Gifts 1022 E Harrison (6) *Roaches*

AlamoTaqueria La Diligencia 943 S Alamo (24) *Meats Uncovered, No Towels or Soap*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

PalmhurstPapa Lee 4313 N ConwayEl Pollo Norteno 4313 N ConwayTaqueria Molcas 115 W 3 Mile

PharrSonic 701 S JacksonVilla Del Mar 6400 S Cage

San JuanTaqueria Rios 5107 N Raul Longoria

AlamoSubway 412 N Alamo RdPizza Hut 522 N Alamo RdStars 104 N Alamo RdWhataburger 513 N Alamo RdDonna493 Caf Mile 12 & FM 493

ElsaRiderz Bar & Grill 804 W EdinburgCadereyta 410 W Edinburg

HarlingenCapital City Burgers 501 S 77

BrownsvilleSubway 3340 Pablo KiselSpanky's Burgers 1355 Palm BlvdWing Stop 2501 E Paredes LineWild Wings & Things 5015 Paredes LineSubway 5015 Paredes Line