Health Department Roundup: Cafe Pita+ Struggles, Tan Tan Stays Clean and More

"Now, that last season with Guy Fieri, it seemed as though I was being given a brief spell of what I had never known, a happy childhood, and though its toys were silk shirts and liqueurs and cigars and its naughtiness high in the catalogue of grave sins, there was something of nursery freshness about us that fell little short of the joy of innocence."
The mid-week holiday has left us with a lot to catch up on. (Wednesday off? That's not America. That's not even Mexico.) So here's a quick and dirty, Hemmings-and-Jefferson-behind-the-barn-style roundup.

Bosnian BYOB Café Pita+ (10890 Westheimer) -- a favorite of ours, as well as of stylish, demure Guy Fieri -- had some serious problems during a routine inspection last week. It received the only Health Department citation of the past seven days (but no temporary closure order) after inspectors found six violations: insufficient dishwasher pressure (measured in kilopascals, which sounds unsettlingly French); towels not located at each hand-washing sink; unregistered, unapproved pesticide in use; tracking powder pesticide used; manager lacking proper certification; and, despite the prohibited preventive measures, "presence or insects/rodents/other pests not controlled."

Another local favorite, Oishii (3764 Richmond), earned six violations during an inspection last week. Inspectors found mislabeled bulk food; potentially hazardous food not held at proper temperatures; backflow prevention device not installed correctly; equipment/utensils not properly designed or maintained; hand-washing signs not visible at all sinks; and an employee eating in an unapproved area. After finding out what tracking powder is a few minutes ago, we're pretty all right with most of those.

Some good news: Tan Tan (8066 Westheimer) earned just one violation, for food stored in unclean or uncovered containers. It was corrected on site.

Sandong (9938 Bellaire) didn't fare quite as well; inspectors found half a dozen violations during a visit Sunday. Highlights include potentially hazardous food held at improper temperatures (corrected on site); Equipment/utensils/glassware/plates not handled in a way that prevents contamination; and single-service/single-use articles not stored in a way that prevents contamination.

Zake Sushi (2946 Shepherd) also joined the half-a-dozen-violations club. Their highlights: spoiled or mislabeled food (corrected on site); ice intended for human consumption used for cooling (corrected); and equipment in poor repair, not able to be maintained in a sanitary condition or toxic as a food-surface.

Finally, Khyber North Indian Grill (2510 Richmond) earned only two violations: dirty non-food-contact equipment surfaces (corrected on site) and equipment not designed or maintained properly. Put something about that on your sign, guys. Seriously.

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Location Info

Cafe Pita +

10852 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Oishii Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

3764 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tan Tan Restaurant

8066 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Zake Sushi Lounge - CLOSED

2946 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Khyber North Indian Grill

2510 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

San Dong Noodle House

9938 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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"Put something about that on your sign, guys. Seriously." It was that line that made a normal list into an extraordinary list. 

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