Every week, the county's health inspectors within Maricopa County Environmental Services give restaurants grades after completing inspections. Participation in the rating system, however, is voluntary, which means owners or managers do not have to accept a grade after an inspection; instead, the restaurants are listed online as "not participating." And in some cases, grades posted online may change, which typically means a restaurant has provided necessary documentation for food safety or fixed a critical issue that led to a low grade. Here's a more detailed explanation.
November 2017's health inspections produced lots of past-expiration-date food still in refrigerators, food debris where debris has no business, and cockroaches both living and dead It wasn't the worst month, but a few big name hotels were nailed with the D hammer. In all,10 Valley restaurants earned a dreaded D.
Radison Hotel Phoenix Airport North (427 North 44th Street)
"Hard boiled eggs dated 10/24, goat cheese dated 10/20 and thai peanut sauce dated 9/25, had PIC discard items kept past discard date."
Burger Theory @ Holiday Inn (1515 North 44th Street)
"Found large open tray of raw fish being stored over cooked chicken wings in bottom of prep table cooler. Had cook move raw product below ready to eat foods. Please ensure raw animal products are not stored over ready to eat foods to prevent contamination."
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (12800 North Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills)
"On hooks throughout kitchen, ladle, measuring spoons, peelers with accumulation of food debris on food and nonfood contact surfaces."
Mariscos Suchilango (7537 West Thomas Road, Space N13-N14)
"Multiple cockroaches found on premises; living and crawling, as well as deceased."
Betillo's Mexican Food (6045 West Chandler Boulevard #11, Chandler)
"Unadulterated and Honestly Presented Blocks of cheddar and jack cheese were stored, unwrapped and completely open, directly on storage racks in walk-in cooler. Debris was directly on the surface of both cheeses and on the racks where the cheeses were stored."
Gus NY Pizza & Lounge (7333 East Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale)
"Flies observed in kitchen. Remove flies from kitchen... Back door entrance has a screen that is torn which allows for an opening for insects."
The Trough Bar and Grill (9303 East Apache Trail, Mesa)
"Excessive soiling observed on the interior surfaces of the cook line microwave oven - thoroughly clean the microwave interior surfaces with a clean and sanitary cloth at least once each day it is used."
Restaurante Y Pupuseria El Carbonero (2722 West Indian School Road)
"This is the fourth consecutive violation at which this violation was written. Observed salsa with an internal temperature of 46 degrees F and cut cabbage with an internal temperature of 56 degrees F in metal pans on ice at the front of establishment next to cashier..."
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Glacier Snow (2080 North Dobson Road, #4, Chandler)
"Both of the reach-in coolers were observed holding above 45*F. Establishment does not have sufficient refrigeration to operate. The permit was suspended until both reach-in coolers hold below 41*F or additional refrigeration is obtained."
Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport (4300 East Washington Street)
"Observed server plating order and reaching into bowl with bare hands to add more french fries to plate, stopped server before food reached the plate and had the bowl of fries discarded."