Kitchen Cops: Thursday, September 24, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Sandi Clark’s restaurant is hanging in there. In spite of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

It isn’t the first time her business has faced challenges, such as road construction that shut down easy access to her building for several months.

The owner of Sandi’s Diner on Ayers Street said the building has also been broken into four times since March.

But, the restaurant is persisting and is one of three that earned a Perfect Score from the Kitchen Cops.

All the previous Perfect Score stickers Clark has earned are gone since the windows had to be replaced, but she has begun the process of replacing the stickers with a 100 score in COVID preparation and a 100 from health inspections.

We do have one restaurant on tonight’s C list. It’s the Hunan Express at the corner of Airline Road and Williams Street. Inspectors gave them a score of 76.

They declined our request for an interview about how they’ve addressed violations which include not storing prepared chicken in cardboard boxes, providing accurate thermometers and all employees must wear effective hair restraints.

Kitchen Cops Report
Perfect Scores
Gates Donut Shop located at 4417 Alameda St.
Morgan St. Seafood located at 1602 Morgan Ave.
Sandi’s Diner at 704 Ayers St.

A-List
98
NY Joe’s Italian Restaurant located at 10210 S. Padre Island Dr.
Yolanda’s Specialty Cakes located at 2033 Airline Rd.
97
Donut Palace located at 2033 Airline Rd.
Rock Star Sushi & Hibachi located at 4101 IH 69 Access Road B5
96
Wing Stop located at 4101 Hwy 77
95
New York Pizza Company located at 5838 Staples St.
Subway located at 4256 Alameda St.
To-Ce-Chi located at 4028 Weber Rd.
94
Taqueria Almeida located at 2650 Waldron Rd.
93
La Ribera Restaurante #2 located at 1602 Morgan Ave.
92
Jack in the Box located at 1502 Airline Rd.
Taqueria Jalisco #3 located at 10533 S. Padre Island Dr.
91
El Sol de Mexico #2 located at 4425 Alameda St.
90
Scuttlebutt’s Seafood Bar & Grill located at 14254 S. Padre Island Dr.

B-List
88
Cheddars Casual Cafe located at 5855 S. Padre Island Dr.
Violations include:
All insert pans need to be washed thoroughly and dried properly
Not store chemicals spray bottles on top of the margarita machine
Gnats found
All employees must wear effective hair restraints
Store wiping towels properly
Store utensils upright
Clean inside of refrigerator and door handles, prep table shelves
Women’s toilet clogged

88
Good-N-Crisp located at 14601 S. Padre Island Dr.
Violations include:
Shelves in the walk-in cooler need to be cleaned or replaced
Each employee needs a valid food handler card
Food manager must be accessible at all times
Thermometer needed in each cooling unit
Roaches need to be controlled
All employees must wear effective hair restraints

C-List
76
Hunan Express located at 5997 Williams Dr.
Violations include:
Products in refrigerator not kept at proper temperature
All food needs to be stored six inches off of floor
All food needs to be covered
Do not store prepared chicken in cardboard boxes
Food must be appropriately stored
Inside of microwave needs cleaned
Dirty knives were stored on clean knife rack
Do not use hose water on marinated food
Label use by date on all leftovers
Provide accurate thermometers
Hand-washing sink blocked
All employees must wear effective hair restraints
Store wiping towels properly
Store utensils upright
Clean shelves, can rack, and all equipment
No soap in employees’ restroom
Remove the cardboard from shelves

Kitchen Cops

KZTV file image.

We learned today that health department inspections have returned.