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Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: April 14-20

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Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?

We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 14 to 20, 2014.

Each restaurant is shown in the slideshow above. The total number of violations the restaurant received is shown in the plate on the left side of the slide. Some details from the inspection report are listed below the slide. If you click on the graphic in the slideshow, it will take you to the original state inspection report.

The 8 restaurants with the highest number of violations for the week are listed below.

1) Shamrock Inn at 8343 E. Orange Ave. in Floral City, 46 total violations

State inspectors visited on April 17, 2014 and found many foods that are supposed to be held at temperatures of 41 degrees or less were being held at unsafe temperatures. Turkey deli meat was at 50 degrees and ham deli meat was at 47 degrees. Pancake batter on the counter was 77 degrees. Creamers on a counter were at 80 degrees and rue in the back room was at 87 degrees. Hash browns on a counter were at 86 and 89 degrees.

During the previous inspection on August 30, 2013, inspectors found 7 violations.

2) Mosquito Grill & Bar at 4422 Land O' Lakes Blvd. in Land O' Lakes, 37 total violations

State inspectors visited on April 16, 2014 and found that the restaurant’s license has been expired for more than 60 days. They also saw live, small flying insects in a food storage area. A toxic substance or chemical was stored near or with clean utensils. A wall in the dishwashing area was soiled with accumulated black debris.

During the previous inspection on October 4, 2014 inspectors found 26 violations.

3) Gino's at 10006 N. Armenia Ave. in Tampa, 37 total violations

State inspectors visited on April 14, 2014 and temporarily closed the restaurant. They found 11 live roaches in or around a sticky trap on a prep table. One live roach was found on a prep table on the cook’s line. One live roach was found in a sticky trap by a microwave on the cook’s line. Inspectors found 50 dead roaches in a sticky trap on a shelf on the cook’s line. 15 dead roaches were on a sticky trap on a prep table on the cook line. One dead roach was under a microwave. Three dead roaches were in a sticky trap on the floor of the cook’s line. Inspectors also saw an employee wash their hands without soap.

The restaurant was reopened after problems were solved.

4) During the previous inspection on August 12, 2013, inspectors found 27 violations.

Garden Grille Cafe at 34018 U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor, 35 total violations

State inspectors visited on April 16, 2014 and found produce that had mold-like growth. They also raw steak stored over raw burgers over raw salmon, which is unsafe and can cause cross contamination. Inspectors say there was an accumulation of a black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine. A bag or container of unrecognizable prepared food was not identified. An employee did not have a hair restraint while preparing food.

5) During the previous inspection on September 12, 2013, inspectors found 13 total violations.

Cafe Ponte at 13505 Icot Blvd. In Clearwater, 35 total violations

State inspectors visited on April 18, 2014 and stopped the sale of potentially hazardous food because of “temperature abuse”. Cooked pasta was being held at 51 degrees. Clams/mussels/or oysters were also not marked with last date served. Inspectors say they found encrusted material on a can opener blade which was also pitted with rust. An employee was not wearing a hair restraint while preparing food.

During the previous inspection on December 17, 2013, inspectors found 41 violations.

6) Frank El Restaurant at 1441 E. Fletcher Ave. In Tampa, 35 total violations

State inspectors visited on April 15, 2014 and temporarily closed the restaurant.

They found live roaches in numerous locations. One live roach was by a grease trap, one was under a sink, two were under an AC unit, one was on the floor by the kitchen door, one was on cove molding under a prep table, eight were on a sticky pad under a freezer, two were under a freezer, two were under a refrigerator, one was on a sticky trap under prep shelves, two were on sticky pads under a refrigerator, one was under the cook’s line, two were in a dry storage area, one was on a handwashing sink in the kitchen.

Inspectors also found 100 dead roaches on a sticky pad under a freezer. 15 dead roaches were on a sticky pad under some shelving. 100 dead roaches were on sticky traps under a refrigerator. 50 dead roaches were on a sticky pad under a prep table. 13 dead roaches were near cooking equipment. 50 dead roaches were on sticky pads under cooking equipment.

Inspectors also say the manager lacked proof of food manager certification.

The restaurant was re-opened on April 16 after fixing the problems.

During the previous inspection on December 23, 2013, inspectors found 12 total violations.

7) Duck Duck Express at 2224 Fletcher Ave. in Tampa, inspectors found 33 total violations

Inspectors visited on April 15, 2014 and found a dead lizard in a storage area behind the cook’s line. Raw eggs were stored at an unsafe temperature greater than 45 degrees. Other foods were found held at unsafe temperatures including chicken, chicken wings, crab Rangoon and eggs rolls. Food-contact surfaces were not sanitized before they were used. Plastic 5 gallon home depot buckets were being used for food containers. This is not safe because these containers are considered “nonfood-grade.”

During the previous inspection on March 17, 2014, inspectors found 21 total violations.

8) Fortuner Restaurant at 257 E. Highland Blvd. in Inverness, 32 total violations

State inspectors visited on April 14, 2014 and found dead roaches at the restaurant, however the report did not say the exact locations or number of roaches. Inspectors also found food held at unsafe temperatures. Cooked chicken and noodles were held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. Raw beef was also held at greater than 41 degrees.

During the previous inspection on February 6, 2014, inspectors found two total violations.

Inspectors from Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted the inspections. The department cited violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division's procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary, according to the Florida DBPR website.

Related links:

File an online complaint against a restaurant: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/complaintwizard_cont.asp?SID=

Search for a restaurant's inspection report: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp?mode=0&SID=&brd=H

Learn more about health and safety regulations for Florida restaurants: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/index.html

Read 8 On Your Side Restaurant Ratings articles: http://www.wfla.com/category/280105/resturant-ratings

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