Health Department Roundup: Meat Row and Trouble in the Phamily

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Pickings are sort of slim on the Health Department's Web site this week. Regardless, we'll start with the meat, because you don't win friends with salad. Fleming's Prime (2405 W. Alabama) had a good inspection, earning just two violations during a routine inspection: equipment not kept tight/adjusted in accordance with manufacturer's specs, and missing dishwasher thermometer.

Frank's Americana Revival (3736 Westheimer) -- which used to be Frank's Chop House, so close enough, meat-wise -- did nearly as well. An inspector found three violations last week: equipment not kept tight/adjusted in accordance with manufacturer's specs, no splashguard present on at least one sink; and dishwashing machine not cleaned as often as necessary.

Smith & Wollensky
(4007 Westheimer) rounded out the poorly adjusted equipment trifecta. Its only additional violation was no properly installed trap drains in the floor. That's why you take hose-baths in the back yard, or failing that, a reasonably private alley.

Staying on Westheimer, Escalante's (4053 Westheimer) had a completely clean inspection. Exotic ethnic enclave P.F. Chang's (4094 Westheimer), which showcases the traditional cuisine of Scottsdale, Arizona, got hit with three violations: equipment not kept clean; toilet room not provided with covered waste receptacle; and no Food Dealer's Permit.

Luling City Market (4726 Richmond) got stuck with four violations: food being prepared without the least possible manual contact (corrected on site); openings to the outside not protected against the entrance of pests; poorly designed or maintained equipment; and potentially hazardous food not cooled properly. No violation for impersonating a legend.

We'll end with some bad news, unfortunately. Phamily Bites -- a truck that serves some excellent Vietnamese food -- had a rough inspection, earning a citation and a temporary closure order. An inspector turned up five violations, including: presence of insects/pests not controlled either in the truck or on the nearby property; dirty vent filters; dirty non-food-contact surfaces; and dirty floors.


Location Info

Venue

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Frank's Americana Revival & White Star Bar

3736 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Smith & Wollensky

4007 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Escalante's

4053 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

P.F. Chang's China Bistro

4094 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Luling City Market

4726 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Phamily Bites

(Mobile), Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Oh man, I love Phamily Bites and the people of Phamily Bites. If you see this let me know how I can help.

FRL713
FRL713

Roaches in the roach coach, who would've guessed?

Blake
Blake

@FRL713 That was a bad inspection, but the "roach coach" thing is kind of misleading. Mobile units within city limits generally aren't any cleaner or dirtier than comparable brick and mortar places. Whether that's a relief or troubling depends on your point of view.

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