A roach in garlic oil, a bar’s 100 flies: Miami Beach to Palm Beach restaurant issues

Flies on cheese, roaches in oil and cleaning solution counts as just another week at The Sick and Shut Down List of South Florida restaurants closed by failed inspection.

A quick reminder that this list of restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties (no Monroe this week) comes from state inspections. We don’t do the inspecting. We don’t choose who gets inspected. If you have a complaint, file it with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

In alphabetical order...

Berta Grill Bar Restaurant, 6113 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood: Routine inspection, seven total violations, three High Priority violations.

Would you be bothered more by the number of roaches spotted — six live, seven dead — or the placement of a live one “crawling on a prep table in the kitchen” or a dead one “on a metal pan containing vegetables in the flip top cooler next to the cookline?

Broth got smacked with a Stop Sale for still being too warm after being in a reach-in cooler overnight.

You got a handwash sink? You need paper towels.

Three moving roaches killed the first re-inspection. Berta passed the second.

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Flamingo Cafe, 2588 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens: Complaint inspection, 20 total violations, seven High Priority violations.

Is it a Sick and Shut Down List before we see “Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine/bin...?”

Only one roach, in a hallway by the women’s restroom, but the servers must have been flinging their arms like Bruce Lee in a fight with 20 flies at the servers area.

In the kitchen, the “ceiling/ceiling tiles/vents were soiled with accumulated food debris, grease, dust, or mold-like substance.”

“Non-food contact surface soiled with grease, food debris, dirt, slime or dust.” Where?! The “soda nozzles at soda dispenser at servers area.” Not clear on why the nozzles liquid comes out of count as “non-food contact” but Florida contains many mysteries.

“Single use” is a limitation, not just a suggestion. “Employee left cook line numerous times to bring food out of the walk-in cooler and started to work with food without changing gloves.”

The “dishwasher loaded dirty dishes and unloaded clean ones without washing hands.”

“Wiping cloth chlorine sanitizing solution not at proper minimum strength.” Try “no strength,” as in zero sanitizer parts per million.

Wonder if that was the same roach the inspector saw later that day during a re-inspection “crawling on a clean bucket” near the dishwasher.

Flamingo passed the second callback inspection.

Miller’s Garden Ale House, 9800 Alt A1A, Palm Beach Gardens: Complaint inspection, eight total violations, four High Priority violations.

When the inspector visited this list’s Amityville Award Winner, the fly count reached 50 by a bar area handwash sink, “landing on liquor bottles and bar” and 50 near another bar handwash sink; 30 near a bar ice chest “some landing inside the ice chest.” Whatever was inside the ice chest got hit with a Stop Sale.

In the dining room, 10 flies clogged the air by the last booths. Two flies landed on sliced cheese in a cookline cooler, getting the cheese a Stop Sale.

A Stop Sale ended another cheese’s life, sliced Swiss in a sandwich table was 43 to 47 degrees and needed to be 41 or under.

“Plumbing issues” prevented hot water from flowing at two handwash sinks. “Water leaking from pipe at handwash sink at the bar( closest to kitchen entrance) and handwash sink on the cookline by the walk-in cooler.”

The callback inspection got ruined by seven life flies around the restaurant and “approximately 15 dead flies inside the ice chest at the bar; the ice chest at the servers’ area soda machines; and the shelves under the servers area,” where there also were two dead roaches.

They eventually passed inspection.

Pizza Tua by Cuban-ita, 667 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach: Routine inspection, 21 total violations, three High Priority violations.

“Observed nine dead roaches inside a glue trap above a prep table across from the handwash sink in the kitchen.”

The living relatives of those roaches were found on the floor near the kitchen cookline (two) and inside a reach-in cooler (five).

“Ceiling vents soiled throughout the kitchen.”

“Interior of microwave has accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris.”

“Observed a slow draining handwash sink next to the dishwasher,” a handwash sink that also lacked soap and paper towels.

Pizza’s pasta got knocked out by a Stop Sale for being almost 30 degrees too warm after cooling.

Pizza Tua passed re-inspection the next day.

Shalamas Rotishop, 1432 N. State Rd. 7, Lauderhill: Routine inspection, six total violations, two High Priority violations.

Again, some places know how to trap the roaches, but they don’t know how to toss the dead roaches. Which is really the whole point of trapping and killing the roaches.

“Observed approximately 10 dead roaches inside of three control devices located on ground under the two-door stainless reach-in cooler in the kitchen prep area.”

Eight roaches chilled out behind a handwash sink sign in the kitchen.

“Chick peas stored in direct contact with a plastic handle grocery bag.” The bag they use at checkout isn’t food grade. That’s why you have food grade bags in the produce section.

A handwash sink didn’t have running water, making washing tough.

Inspection went better the next day.

Shamama Restaurant, 7456 Royal Palm Blvd., Margate: Routine inspection, 11 total violations, three High Priority violations.

Five of the 16 dead roaches were “inside of a bucket of bleach water for soaking wiping cloths.” Another one was “on a table holding a flattop grill on the cookline.” Two were in an unused handwash sink soap dispenser.

As for the 13 living roaches, five moved in front of and under a cookline reach-in freezer.

“A bin of raw chicken was stored on floor in front of triple sink.” Hope the chicken doesn’t get splash marinated with Sazon Sanitizer.

“Employee washed hands with no soap. Observed employee rinse hands less than 10 seconds with no soap.” So, the inspector watched the employee get his hands wet.

“Observed a broken cutting board with jagged edges.” Come on, people, $15 at Target gets you a three-pack of new cutting boards.

None of the handwash sinks had any way to dry your hands.

Shamama passed re-inspection the next day.

Zipz’s NY Pizza Co., 836 W. Indiantown Blvd., Jupiter: Routine inspection, 10 total violations, seven High Priority violations.

When last we saw Zipz, a roach fell out of a paper towel dispenser during the inspection.

This time, a live roach crawled inside a bowl of garlic oil on a prep table. Stop Sale on the garlic oil. Another roach moseyed across a kitchen food prep table. Four other roaches were around the cookline.

A Stop Sale also trashed cooked ground beef measuring 50 to 52 degrees despite a sleepover in the walk-in cooler that should’ve gotten the beef under 41 degrees.

A slicer was “soiled with food debris.”

The cookline handwash sink was a handrinse sink — no soap.

Zipz’s eventually passed inspection.