Health Department Roundup: Del Frisco's, Sylvia's, Underbelly and More
Underbelly and Hay Merchant (1100 Westheimer) apparently get two-for-one deals because they share a butcher shop and their kitchens touch. (Touch more like this, less like this.) Either way, an inspector turned up just one violation during a visit last week - food stored in unclean or uncovered containers. Also, Katharine Shilcutt tells us the butcher shop is currently stocked with the meat of "baby lambs," which is like saying our nightmares have been filled with "shitty smug Tom Brady's" -- there's really no other kind, and we'd like to cook both.
Two Christian's Tailgate locations had an unexpected showdown when health inspectors visited last week. The older location at 7340 Washington actually beat out the newer spot at 2820 White Oak, two violations to three (golf scores, guys). On Washington, an inspector found kitchenware/food-contact surfaces not sanitized frequently enough (corrected on site) and hand-washing signs not posted at all required stations (corrected). On White Oak, an inspector found food stored in contact with water/undrained ice (corrected); no hand-cleaning soap at one sink at least (corrected); and wall/ceiling not in good repair. That's right, the new Heights location has a poorly maintained wall or ceiling, and the broken-in spot on Washington doesn't. Life's funny.
One more piece of good news before we get to the unfortunate stuff. Poppa Burger (1622 N. Main) looks like a place with grease that remembers the gasoline shortages of 1970's, but apparently it isn't. An inspector turned up only two violations, potentially hazardous food not stored at proper temperature in cold storage and hand-drying device missing from at least one sink. Both were corrected on site.
On to the sadness. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse (5061 Westheimer) -- which we hear is really good -- had a rough inspection, tallying ten violations but no citation. That's surprising for a high-end steakhouse that supposedly cost $11 million to construct. Issues included ice machine not set up in a way that prevents contamination; no Food Dealer's Permit; no Food Service Manager's Certification; shipping containers, milk crates or produce crates used as shelving or support racks; openings to the outside not protected against the potential entrance of pests; failure to provide sufficient storage for employees' possessions; and hot-water sanitizing rinse either not hot enough or too hot (below 165 degrees Fahrenheit or above 194 degrees Fahrenheit).
Syvlia's Enchilada Kitchen (6401 Woodway) fared worse, racking up a dozen violations. Their problems included floors/floor covering not easily cleanable; ice machine not set up in a way that prevents contamination; equipment/utensils/glassware/plates not handled in a manner that prevents contamination; clean utensils and equipment not stored in a manner that prevents contamination (corrected on site); shipping containers, milk crates or produce crates used as shelving or support racks; container of food not stored a minimum of six inches above the floor; and food stored in contact with water/undrained ice.
Finally, the Randalls at 4800 W. Bellfort got hit with eight violations and a citation. Problems included no Food Service Manager's Certification; failure to provide sufficient storage for employees' possessions; dirty vents; wall/ceiling not maintained in good repair; dirty floors; grease deposits/soil accumulated on food-contact surfaces; and food employee not wearing effective hair restraint.
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