Amarillo Food Establishment Inspection Report for the week of Feb. 5, 2023
The Food Establishment Inspection Report is a weekly report that appears Sundays. Information is taken from reports provided by the Environmental Health Department, and individual reports can be viewed at its website, http://amarillo.gov/departments/community-services/environmental-health/foodinspections. A numerical grading system is now being used, with a score of 100 points being equivalent to zero demerits.
100 points – No major violation at the time of inspection
85 points – Considered an average score
70 points or below – Requires re-inspection within 24 hours
COS – Corrected on site during inspection
These points correspond to the following letter grades:
A – 90 to 100
B – 80 to 89
C – 70 to 79
F – 69 and below
The following establishments had a score of A/100 during a routine inspection:
Amarillo Club-Catering, 600 S. Tyler St.
AMP’D, 5461 McKenna Square.
Best Western Plus, 1505 Ross St.
Buenos Dias, 1202 23rd St., Canyon.
Bushland ISD-Catering, 1201 S. FM 2381.
Champion BBQ Supply, 7306 S.W. 34th Ave.
Corn Express, 812 E. Amarillo Blvd.
Ebby’s Gifts Inc., 500 S. Taylor St.
5 Loaves Feeding Ministry Mobile, 2500 S.W. 8th Ave.
M&B Leathers, 4518 S. Georgia St.
Mitch E’s, 2300 N. Western St.
Mitch E’s-Catering, 2300 N. Western St.
Murphy Express 5715, 4800 S. Coulter St.
Ranch House Café, 810 23rd St., Canyon.
Roasters Coffee & Tea Co., 6014 Lowes Lane.
The Eatery at Park Central, 400 S. W. 14th Ave.
The Westerner & Cactus Cove, 2501 E. I-40.
Verdure Bar, 5701 Time Square, Space 100.
Walgreen’s #06501, 2601 S. Georgia St.
West Plains High School, 10576 Arden Road.
West Plains High School-Catering, 10576 Arden Road.
West Plains High School-Field House, 10576 Arden Road.
West Plains High School-Tennis/Baseball, 10576 Arden Road.
Yum In A Bun, 4518 S. Georgia St.
The following establishments had a score of A/100 during a follow-up inspection:
5 Loaves Feeding, 2500 S.W. 8th Ave.
Lupita’s Express, 2403 Hardin Drive.
Youngblood’s Café & Catering Co.-Catering, 620 S.W. 16th Ave.
These establishments received the following scores for being out of compliance as stated:
(A/94) Allsup’s #102092, 906 8th St., Canyon. Quaternary sanitizer in spray bottle too weak (repeat violation). COS. Quaternary test strips needed. Correct by 02/06. Dust build-up on fans in walk-in cooler and cold holding table at front of store (repeat violation). Correct by 04/27.
(A/92) Allsup’s #102388, 5420 4th Ave., Canyon. Raw bacon stored with ready-to-eat food in cooler; hand sink in back employee area blocked; cell phone and employee personal drinks on food prep counter; employee drinks must have a lid and straw. COS. Unwrapped sausages in walk-in cooler; air curtain to enclose restrooms must be installed. Correct by 07/27.
(A/92) Amarillo Club, 600 S. Tyler St. Sanitizer test strips needed. COS. All ready-to-eat/TCS (temperature/time controlled for safety) foods must be date marked (repeat violation); food debris in some hand sink drains (repeat violation); containers stacked wet (repeat violation); need to clean walk-in freezer floor, drawers holding baking utensils, shelves/racks in kitchen and places on ceiling in the upstairs kitchen. Correct by 07/31.
(A/96) Bishop Defalco Retreat Center, 2100 N. Spring St. Walk-in freezer leaking; sanitizer test strips soiled and new ones must be obtained. Correct by 02/06.
(A/97) Bomb City Cabaret, 8401 S.E. 3rd Ave. Ice bucket stored in hand sink and must be cleaned and sanitized. COS.
(C/79) Burrito Stop, 114 S.E. 9th Ave. Cartons of eggs stored above cooked meats in walk-in cooler; spray bottle of sanitizer stored next to uncovered cutting boards and bottles of cooking oil; sponge used to clean dishes; employee drinks without lid and straw stored near food and in food prep areas. COS. Cooked bacon sitting out at improper temperature. Correct by 01/28. Seals need to be replaced on one cooler; front hand sink used for dumping. Correct by 02/04. Several uncovered containers of food in walk-in cooler (repeat violation); boxes of eggs and jalapenos stored on floor in walk-in cooler (repeat violation); stir sticks must be individually wrapped or in a dispenser; vent hood filters and inside ice maker need cleaning; rags may not be used underneath equipment; foil used under equipment must be changed at least once a week (repeat violation). Correct by 04/25.
(B/89) Cada Vez, 9200 Town Square Blvd., Suite 1000. Uncovered items in walk-in cooler; employees using personal phones in kitchen without washing hands or putting on clean gloves before preparing food; ice dumped in hand sink by dishwasher (repeat violation); personal items not labeled and stored with consumer items (repeat violation); scoop handles stored in food; items stacked wet; some areas covered in food debris. COS.
(A/94) Cefco #2085, 14901 IH 27.Yogurts expired; hand sink in back room was blocked. COS. Stirring straws must be individually wrapped or in a dispenser; dishes stacked wet; lids needed for small trash cans in women’s restrooms. Correct by 07/25.
(A/94) Chili’s Grill & Bar, 3810 W. I-40. Towel in hand sink; employee food and personal items must be stored in a designated area; items stacked wet; scoop handles touching food in make tables; several soiled sauces and lids/handles of spice containers; debris accumulating in bottom of stand-up coolers and sides of equipment; debris build-up on rolling trays in walk-in cooler. COS. Vent hood dirty and dripping grease; broken tiles behind bar must be replaced; ceiling tiles above dishwasher/food prep area in kitchen must be replaced with non-absorbent tiles. Correct by 05/01.
(A/92) Corn Express-Mobile, 812 E. Amarillo Blvd. No sanitizer prepared; wet wiping cloths must be stored in sanitizer solution between uses. COS. All condiment bottles need to be cleaned; food stored in containers must be covered at all times; countertops and outside of Crockpot must be cleaned. Correct by 07/30.
(A/98) Doll House, 4523 Canyon Drive. Heavy accumulation of grease and light dust on filters on vent hood (repeat violation); heavy grease build-up on wall and floor next to fryer in kitchen. Correct by 04/26.
(A/96) Family Dollar Store #4622, 420 W. Amarillo Blvd. Dented cans on shelves for sale to consumers (repeat violation). Correct by 01/28. Covered trash cans needed in both bathrooms. Correct by 04/25.
(C/79) Golden Lotus, 2417 E. Amarillo Blvd. Raw beef stored with cooked meat balls; raw carrots stored in old cardboard egg box; raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods; deceased fish stored in standing water in walk-in (repeat violation); rice scoops stored in water at improper temperature. COS. Cut vegetables stored at room temperature; no fresh chlorine sanitizer prepared; household pest chemicals cannot be used in food establishment; multiple chemicals stored on table surfaces or with food items. Correct by 01/29. No hot water in restrooms; evidence of pests in establishment; food stored on floor in walk-in cooler (repeat violation); uncovered food stored in walk-in cooler; Swai fillets cannot be labeled as “catfish” on menu; broken toilet in women’s restroom must be repaired. Correct by 01/31. Heavy flour build-up on storage racks; acoustic ceiling tiles in restroom must be replaced or painted. Correct by 07/26.
(A/93) Hibachi Kingdom 2, 501 S.E. 10th Ave. Container of raw eggs stored on top of cut vegetables; packages of raw beef stored above bags of carrots. COS. Hand sink used for dumping; food stored in grocery bags. Correct by 02/05.
(A/98) Imperial LLC #35, 11230 S. Coulter St. Food held past expiration date. Correct by 02/05.
(A/95) Jimmy John’s, 2807 S. Western St. Mold inside ice machine; ice build-up on floor of walk-in freezer. Correct by 02/09. Food items in bottom of reach-in cooler by drive thru; food without lids in walk-in freezer; some cutting boards deeply scored; dishes stacked wet; tools stored next to to-go boxes and sugar container. Correct by 04/30.
(A/99) Kind House Ukraine Bakery, 4715 S. Western St. Several scoops with handles touching food product in containers. Correct by 04/25.
(A/93) La Pasadita Burritos, 2730 N.E. 16th Ave. All items on ice baths at improper temperatures. Correct by 01/28. Hand sink blocked. Correct by 02/04. Wet rags must be stored in sanitizer solution between uses; all food not actively in use must be covered; eggs stored above ready-to-eat food. Correct by 04/25.
(B/88) La Quinta Inn #0639, 2108 S. Coulter St. Food allergen notice must be posted in breakfast area; no paper towels at hand sink; mold accumulating on orange juice nozzles. COS. Sanitizer test strips needed. Correct by 02/10. Food handler certification needed. Correct by 03/01. Outside door needs weather strip; outside door to breakfast room must be self-closing; cooler and freezer heavily soiled; damaged opening in bottom of freezer must be repaired or freezer replaced; peeling wall behind sink in restroom must be repaired; hole in wall behind outside door to breakfast storage room must be repaired. Correct by 05/01.
(A/99) Moore Living Center, 400 S.W. 14th Ave. Need to clean microwave and front cling wrap container. Correct by 07/31.
(A/94) Mr. Gatti’s, 4412 S. Western St. Heavy debris on dishwasher plate/cup organizers; cutting boards deeply scored; calcium build-up on water dispenser; all food not in original packaging must be labeled with common name of product; ice build-up on pipes of walk-in freezer; large amount of trash and debris in area near docks; signs needed at all hand sinks indicating for hand washing only. Correct by 04/30.
(A/99) Ms Piggy’s Custom Bake Shoppe, 6030 S.W. 33rd Ave. Sugar scoop stored with handle in sugar. COS.
(A/99) My Place Hotel, 2209 Cinema Drive. Sign needed at hand sink indicating for hand washing only. Correct by 04/30.
(A/96) Pak A Sak #5, 1100 4th Ave., Canyon. Food in cooler in back stacked too far so food in front was out of temperature. COS. Juice nozzles and hot chocolate machine must be cleaned. Correct by 07/27.
(B/89) Popeye’s, 5409 S. Coulter St. Sanitizer in three-compartment sink not at proper concentration; employees did not wash hands after touching personal phones. COS. Pitcher stored in hand sink. Correct by 02/10. Back door needs new skirt; food debris, dirt and dust in walk-in cooler shelves and floor, in back storage room on floor and shelves above chicken prep area; hand sink by three-compartment sink is out of order. Correct by 05/01.
(A/96) Popeye’s #350, 2201 Paramount Blvd. Gap at back door must be sealed; ceiling above drive-thru is damaged and must be repaired to be durable and easily cleanable; tile in storage area and men’s bathroom is lose and must be smooth, durable and easily cleanable; faucet at three-compartment sink is leaking. Correct by 04/25.
(B/81) Rain Premier Sushi Bar & Lounge, 817 S. Polk St. Cut mushrooms and scallions in cold holding at improper temperature; bottle of whipped cream sitting out at near-room temperature; several packages of seafood thawing improperly. COS. Heavy mold growth on soda gun nozzle in bar. Correct by 01/29. Several containers of prepared foods not date marked; old date mark stickers must be taken off containers as they are washed; sanitizer test strips needed; several dishes in clean dish stack splashed with food residues; food stored in grocery bags; dishes must not be stored on linen napkins. Correct by 02/05. Gap at back door must be sealed; wiping cloths must be stored in sanitizer solution between uses; several containers of food stored uncovered; ice scoop in bar stored with handle in ice; need to clean racks in front of walk-in cooler, fan in walk-in, vent above dishwasher and crates dishes are put in to go through dishwasher; heavy mold growth in ice maker; sink in women’s bathroom leaking. Correct by 04/26.
(B/88) Shew Myine Thu, 5625 E. Amarillo Blvd. Blenders need to be cleaned (repeat violation); sanitizer too strong in buckets and three-compartment sink (repeat violation); several dirty dishes stored as clean; soiled utensils and bins holding utensils need to be cleaned (repeat violation). Correct by 01/29. Heavy evidence of mice in back storage room. Correct by 02/02. Allergen warning sign must be posted in view of public or printed in the menu; all food in coolers must be date marked; heavy build-up on rack holding clean dishes; heavy build-up in area under grill (repeat violation); sponges may not be used on food contact surfaces (repeat violation). Correct by 02/05. Personal items on food prep surfaces; hot holding line in front must be cleaned and water replaced (repeat violation). Correct by 04/26.
(A/93) Sonic Drive In, 1007 23rd St., Canyon. Shake mixer and inside soda nozzles need cleaning; food items out of date; syrups buried in ice water. COS. Fans in walk-in and vent hood filters need cleaning (repeat violation). Correct by 07/25.
(A/96) Sumo Japanese Steakhouse, 2300 Bell St. Food debris in hand sink as if used for dumping; personal items in hand sink in sushi bar; rice scoop and salt scoop handles stored in products; items stacked wet; drain with food debris needs to be cleaned out. COS.
(A/96) Sycamore Memory Care, 1511 S. Van Buren St. Water at hand sinks not getting hot enough; hand sink in server area used for dumping. Correct by 02/05. Cutting boards in front of make tables heavily scratched; need to clean racks in walk-in cooler, hot chocolate machine, fan sitting in prep area and wall behind stove and fryer (repeat violation). Correct by 04/26.
(A/93) Texas Steak Express, 2600 S. Kentucky St. Walk-in cooler not working. Correct by 02/09. All employees need proper hair/beard restraints; items missing lids in meat cooler; ice build-up on piping in walk-in freezer; large amount of dust build-up on ice machine vents; signs needed at all hand sinks indicating for hand washing only. Correct by 04/30.
(B/83) The Station by Eskimo Hut, 7200 W. McCormick Road. Meat and rice in hot holding unit at improper temperature (repeat violation); food prepared in a private home, unlicensed food manufacturer, wholesaler may not be used in an establishment; allergen warning sign and consumer advisory for undercooked foods needed in establishment. COS. Packaged food must be labeled as specified by law; no sanitizer in buckets at food prep areas; tongs stored in dirty areas in cooking area. Correct by 01/30. Sanitizer test strips needed; water has leaked onto food in walk-in freezer and frozen it all together. Correct by 02/06. Coffee stirring straws must be individually wrapped or in a dispenser (repeat violation); dishes stacked wet; make table coolers need to be cleaned; extensive ice build-up must be removed and walk-in freezer leak repaired. Correct by 07/27.
(B/83) Thai Palace, 4723 S. Western St. Many items without labels. Correct by 01/31. Multiple food items without dates; food items not correctly thawed before putting into cooler; grocery bags used as storage containers; mold inside ice machine. Correct by 02/04. Back doors are not self-closing; gap at side door must be repaired; three sanitizing buckets stored on floor while in use; food items stored in several places without lids or other type of covering; thick layer of ice in deep freezer; frozen chicken thawing improperly; large cutting board in back is discolored and deeply scored; liquids on floors; debris and liquids on bottom of cooler by thawing sink; dust build up on vents inside reach-in cooler; hot water heater sitting on unpainted wood shelf; backflow preventer needed on mop sink. Correct by 04/25.
(A/92) Time Out Sports Grill, 3723 S.W. 58th Ave. Cappuccino dispensers dirty from previous week end; distressed burger toppings and cubed meat in cooler; grease accumulation on top of oven; walk-in cooler dirty. COS. Glasses stored upside down on dirty mats in glass coolers at bar. Correct by 04/27.
(A/98) Toot ‘n Totum #81, 2601 Paramount Blvd. Soda machine nozzles and spouts are dirty; dust accumulating on wall in cooler. Correct by 04/25.
(B/86) TX Chicken Bowl, 3011 E. Amarillo Blvd. Freshly cooked chicken not cooled to proper temperature before being placed in cooler; eggs stored above ready-to-eat food. COS. Chemical bottles not labeled; gasket on make table must be replaced; small amounts of pest droppings in establishment; cutting board on make table must be resurfaced or replaced (repeat violation); air gap needed at threecompartment sink. Correct by 04/26.
(B/87) Verdure Café, 6701 Time Square, Space 100. Hershey chocolate not refrigerated after opening; raw chicken in stand-up cooler stored above boxes of packaged avocado; no sanitizer at threecompartment sink; sanitizer test strips needed; employee drinks and food combined with consumer items. COS. Slush machine contaminated with mold due to improper cleaning. Correct by 01/29. Food debris and dust in multiple areas. Correct by 04/26.
(A/94) Ware Living Center, 1510 S. Van Buren St. Hand sink in server station used for dumping; several cutting boards heavily scratched (repeat violation). Correct by 02/05. All utensils used as scoops must have a handle and stored inverted to prevent contamination of food; need to clean can opener and cling wrap container in front of order window in server station (repeat violation). Correct by 04/26.
(A/95) Wendy’s #10695, 5638 W. Amarillo Blvd. Quaternary ammonium sanitizer too strong; Certified Food Manager certificate and score card must be posted in view of public. COS. Items stacked wet; soda machine nozzle dirty. Correct by 04/30.
(A/99) West Plains High School-Auditorium, 10576 Arden Road. Boxes of food stored on the ground. COS.
(C/78) Youngblood’s Café & Catering Co., 620 S.W. 16th Ave. One make table not holding at propter temperature; several TCS food items in a make-ready cooler that was out of temperature were plated and served to customers; container of raw chicken stored above container of cooked hamburger; sanitizer in dishwasher at improper concentration. Correct by 01/28. Damaged gaskets on several coolers in kitchen and server area; duct tape on cooler in server area most be replaced; one hand sink was completely removed and another was partially blocked off; mop in one hand sink and cleaning equipment stored in another hand sink. Correct by 02/04. Gap between back door and floor must be repaired (repeat violation); wet cleaning cloths must be stored in sanitizer solution between uses; several uncovered containers of food in walk-in cooler and numerous standing coolers (repeat violation); several dirty vents in ceiling; heavy dust build-up on veiling vent in center of kitchen (repeat violation); several food items stored directly on floor in walk-in cooler (repeat violation); several knives laying directly on frozen foods in cooler; numerous cutting boards heavily scored and some with mold growing; numerous dishes stacked wet; several utensils without handles used as scoops; forks on service line stored incorrectly in a cup; disposable cups and several boxes of paper towels stored on floor; need to clean most fans in all coolers, floor in freezer, all ceiling vents throughout kitchen, outside of several makeready tables and several lids and lips of condiments. Correct by 04/25.
This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Amarillo Food Establishment Inspection Report for week of Feb. 5, 2023