Health Department Roundup: Vietnamese Edition, Plus Feast and Peeing Outside

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On the other hand, some things are about Vietnam.
Quite a few Vietnamese places in this week's reports, from Midtown to the west side. And at the end of this post we address peeing outside, so stick around.

Pho Saigon (2808 Milam) got hit with five violations last week: dirty non-food-contact surfaces; dirty floors; raw food and cooked food not separated well enough to prevent contamination (corrected on site); improperly designed or maintained equipment; and potentially hazardous food held at improper temperatures (corrected). We wonder if there's a Pho Ho Chi Minh City somewhere out there for all you Jane Fonda types. You heard us.

Van Loc (3010 Milam) did well in a recent inspection. Their only violation was not keeping proper timekeeping records for certain foods.

City inspectors did not go to the remodeled Mai's, probably because it wasn't 2:30 a.m. and they weren't drunk.

Cali (3030 Travis), which objectively speaking has better banh mi than Les Givral's, didn't do quite as well as Van Loc. Inspectors turned up six violations: potentially hazardous food stored at improper temperatures (corrected); food not protected from potential contamination (corrected); glassware, utensils or dishes not handled in a manner that prevents contamination; dirty non-food-contact surfaces; raw food and cooked food not separated well enough to prevent contamination (corrected on site); and improperly sanitized moist cleaning cloths.

Com Tam Kieu Giang (11209 Bellaire, in Hong Kong City Mall) also registered six violations, all of which were corrected on site: improperly sanitized moist cleaning cloths; potentially hazardous food being cooled improperly; premises affording the harborage/feeding of insects or rodents; food not protected from potential contamination; not enough hand-drying devices or sanitary towels; and, well, "Equipment requiring unsafe lubricants not designed to prevent leaks/drippage/forced into food or onto food-contact surfaces from lubricant."

Le Viet (11328 Westheimer) earned three violations: potentially hazardous food not held at proper temperature in cold storage; no appropriate thermometer present in cold storage unit; and improper temperature measurement on the dish-washing machine.

One final non-Vietnamese entry: Feast (219 Westheimer) was re-inspected after some piss-poor timing led to a Health Department employee allegedly witnessing co-owner James Silk urinating behind the restaurant during service. The rest of the report wasn't great, either. But the second look was fine -- all inspectors found Friday was no Food Dealer's Permit, and premises affording the harborage/feeding of insects or rodents. The latter is usually bad, but apparently it was just a dead possum behind the building. No one can control where possums decide to die.

The alleged urination episode provided some excellent material for KPRC Channel 2 reporter Amy Davis. Although our response is belated, Ms. Davis, we'd like to request that you check your indignation. The report was interesting -- very hard-hitting, beautifully edited and featuring an excellent soundtrack -- but the fact is, peeing outside is fun and environmentally friendly. The people you interviewed about the issue look more confused than anything else.

We're proponents of gender equality, but thanks to biological logistics, most women aren't familiar with the pleasure of outdoor urination. We suggest you invest in a product that will allow you to overcome this handicap. After you try peeing outside once, we bet you'll never pretend to get angry and bother someone's wife about it again.

Just wash your hands afterward.



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Location Info

Pho Saigon Noodle House

2808 Milam St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Van Loc Restaurant - CLOSED

3010 Milam, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mai's Restaurant

3403 Milam, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Com Tam Kieu Giang

11209 Bellaire, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cali Sandwich

3030 Travis, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Les Givral's Sandwich & Cafe

2704 Milam St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Le Viet Restaurant & Bar

11328 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Feast - CLOSED

219 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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16 comments
Tavis Allen
Tavis Allen

Yes, I would eat there. I would applaud him. He saved a gallon or more of water today. He did his share to turn this still Puritanically-based hypocritical idiot box of a country on its head for a moment.

Abby Robocop
Abby Robocop

Apparently a lot of other countries aren't as uptight about outdoor urination as the US of A. Seriously, America - if they're not peeing on you or your property, cool out.

Khon Lu
Khon Lu

That's worse than the episode of Seinfeld when Jerry busted the restaurant owner not washing his hands after using the John at the pizza joint.

Joshua Justice
Joshua Justice

As long as he washed his hands, he can pee off the roof for all I care.

Houstess
Houstess

The Feast interview was actually pretty funny.  Amy was indignant in the hard-hitting expose pose, and Meagan acted like she was a passerby who had no idea who owned the establishment behind her, only that she did not.  Who cooks here?  Idunno.  Well you are on the restaurants web page!  I dunno.  Hilarious.  But how did they get their camera INSIDE the restaurant to film the specials board?  I would have bonked them on the head with lamb shank for that maneuver If I were them.

Bill
Bill

Are they sure the possum was actually dead and not just... playing possum?

Janie
Janie

And true KPRC take on it sucked MAINLY because Amy failed to mention the NUMEROUS citations from the report and instead focused on shock value (i.e peeing).. but for you to ignore these citations shows you really could care less about these violations and simply want to protect your friends...you're a total disgrace dude.

Janie
Janie

Yeh Blake, there's quite a bit more than just the "possum" that they were cited for. In fact the report of both days was almost 3 pages long. Recommend any prospective customer to check the health report out...because quite frankly it's absolutely disgusting. Dude you seriously have no credibility after writing this...(I know I know they're your friends) but seriously

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @Bill If you check the health inspector's report, you'll see that it's actually spelled "posome." Thanks for that spelling lesson, Health Department. Phonetics!

craig.malisow
craig.malisow

 @Janie Not only that, Janie, but I did some digging around and found out that Blake is a silent partner in Pissoir Industries, LLP, a Cayman Islands holding company that is the majority shareholder of Sheewee USA, which he so brazenly promoted in his piece. Furthermore, after a deeper look into his records, I found out that his real name isn't "Blake Whitaker" at all, and that the real Blake Whitaker was an asthmatic West Virginia coal miner who died (oddly, in a polar bear attack) in 1908. The man you and I know as "Blake" simply stole his social security number. So when you say that "Blake" has no credibility, you're only scraping the surface. I've been waiting for someone brave like you, immune to his power and influence, to take the information I have and expose his dark secrets to the world. Please e-mail me ASAP, and Godspeed!

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