Health Department Roundup: Nidda and Friends
You know what'd be interesting? Seeing a Health Department inspection of Minute Maid Park. We worked there a few years back, so nothing the city might turn up would surprise us at all (except maybe Carlos Beltran's personality, or Drayton's buried treasure). I guess when your average nightly attendance is six -- or 20,006 when the Cubs are in town, but who cares about the health and safety of those fans -- you're not a huge priority. Just putting that out there, though, in case any inspectors are reading.
Every time we hear the word "vestibule" we think of this guy. (St. Lucian: Tell us, good reverend, what great deeds have you done to inspire the hearts of men? Reverend Lovejoy: Well, I had the vestibule recarpeted.)
On to the establishments that the health department dropped in on last week.
Mila's Taqueria Mexico (3240 Fondren) -- sounds like this may be a Mexican restaurant -- earned six violations and a citation. Issues included food stored in unclean or uncovered containers; potentially hazardous food held for more than 24 hours without a noted disposition time/date; hand-washing sink not accessible to all employees; openings to the outside not blocked to prevent the entrance of pests; no no-smoking sign posted; and no properly certified manager on duty.
After a complaint, inspectors also cited Handi Plus (2350 Pease) -- sounds like this may be the butt of a bunch of potential "massage parlor" jokes, all of which we refuse to make -- for seven violations. Those included effective pest-control measures not in place; ice machine not set up in a way that prevents contamination; refuse containers either leaking, not insect-proof or poorly maintained; wall/ceiling not maintained in good repair; and no properly certified manager on duty.
Nidda Thai (1226 Westheimer) got written up for six violations, but did not receive a citation. Inspectors wrote them up for bulk food improperly stored; eggs held at improper temperature (corrected on site); drying devices missing at some hand-washing sinks; food-contact surfaces/utensils not cleaned often enough (corrected on site); no covered waste receptacle in toilet room (FUN FACT FOR BACHELORS: If you have a girlfriend or regularly entertain female guests, you should also have a covered waste receptacle in your bathroom, and you shouldn't have to ask why); and equipment/utensils not properly designed or maintained.
Brazilian pizza and burger place Friends Pizzeria (7952 Westheimer) earned five violations during a recent inspection, including one we've never seen before. The first four: Using shipping containers/milk crates as shelves; no test kit to measure concentration of cleaning solution; no shielding over artificial lighting; and effective pest-control measures not taken. The fifth element: "Toilet facilities/vestibules used by pre-school age children not kept clean/in good repair/free of objectionable odors." Aren't all toilet facilities potentially used by pre-schoolers? Or has Friends set up a pre-school-only bathroom? Where's Robert Stack when you need him?
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