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Gross Out: Fenix Eatery & Bar gets Two "No Award" Inspections

By Amy Silverman

Like Chelsea's Kitchen a couple blocks away, Fenix Eatery & Bar on Camelback Road recently received back-to-back "no award" ratings.

According to the inspection report, the stored fish wasn't cold enough, the bar soda nozzle had slime and utensils were soiled with "dried food residue". The floor was dirty and so were the shelves of the walk-in cooler. And so on.

The oddest complaint from the inspector:

READY TO EAT TURKEY STORED ON TRAY WITH BEEF BLOOD AND IMITATION CRAB MEET STORED UNDER RAW SALMON.

Now that's a mouthful.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at amy-silverman.com.