Health Department Roundup: Clean Ruchi's, Dirty Whataburger and a Place Called Ernie's

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"I'm your boysenberry." - Legendary TB patient Doc "Lunger" Holliday
We had a TB skin test a couple days ago, and as we approach the 48-hour minimum for a visual reading with no ominous red bump, it feels strangely like the Texans entering the fourth quarter with a two-touchdown lead on whatever ungulate team Peyton Manning is leading. Either way, we'll be keeping an eye out for sneeze-guard violations this week.

We'll start with a bunch of Montrose-area inspections. First, some good news -- a couple of places had completely clean inspections. Indika (516 Westheimer), BB Donuts (515 Westheimer) and Anvil (1424 Westheimer) came out perfect. Sorrento (415 Westheimer) earned one violation, for prohibited carpet in food prep area. Flammable carpet? Who's to say.

Meteor (2306 Genesee) got hit with four violations: improperly sized or installed plumbing; no test kit to measure sanitizing solution; no thermometer in area storing potentially hazardous foods; and improperly used drying agent.

Grand Prize (1010 Banks), listed here nostalgically as Ernie's on Banks, earned just one violation: dirty floors. Maybe that's due to the fact that weekends at Grand Prize now bring scummy 22-year-olds who tag the patio steps because no one paid attention to them in high school.

Bacchus (2502 Dunlavy) got just two violations, poorly designed or maintained equipment, and no test kit to measure sanitizing solution.

Moving out of Montrose, we found the equivalent of a unicorn riding a white whale: a spotless Ruchi's. Flock to 5708 Chimney Rock, try the shrimp and repent while there's still time, for the end times are upon us.

New York Pizzeria
(17195 Tomball Parkway) had a rough time, earning a citation and a temporary closure for 13 violations. Issues included no Food Dealer's Permit; plumbing not sized or installed properly; no test kit to measure sanitizing solution; microwaves not cleaned at least once a day; dirty vent filters; single-use articles not stored in a way that protects against contamination; and no Food Service Manager's Certification.

Golden Dim Sum (10600 Bellaire) also got a ticket but was allowed to remain open. An inspector turned up five violations there, including moist cloths used improperly; crusty or greasy food-contact surfaces of cooking equipment; effective pest-control measures not taken; and dirty floors.

Finally, the Whataburger at 1700 N. Wayside was closed (but not cited) after an inspector found nine violations. Those included dirty non-food-contact surfaces; ice machine issues (the word we're thinking of starts with an "s" and ends with a "lime"); improper floors; openings to the outside not protected against the entrance of pests; and dirty wall/ceiling.

Location Info

Indika

516 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sorrento

415 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

BB Donuts

515 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Meteor Urban Video Lounge

2306 Genesee, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Bacchus Cafe & Wine Bar

2502 Dunlavy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

New York Pizzeria

17195 State Highway 249, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ruchi's Taqueria

5708 Chimney Rock Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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4 comments
taylor134
taylor134

I effing love Ruchi's. Sorry I'm not sorry. 2 AM, 2 PM -- I don't care. In all honesty don't really want to know what goes on behind the scenes; in most cases ignorance is bliss... but I do want to make love to some cheese enchiladas today during my lunch break.


Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

You're a daisy if you do.

BigC713
BigC713

It's huckleberry, I'm your huckleberry, damnit!

Blake
Blake

Evidently BigC713 is an educated man. Now I really hate him.

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