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Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 28 - May 2

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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 28 to May 2, 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) Hiro's Tokyo Japanese Steak House & Sushi located at 5250 4th St. N. in St. Petersburg, 46 violations

State inspectors visited on April 29 and found live, small flying insects in the food prep area. They did not give a total number of insects saying there were too many to count throughout the establishment including the sushi bar and cooks line.

Inspectors also say they found evidence of roach activity at the restaurant. They found three live roaches in a dry storage closet and one live roach under a dish rack.

During the previous inspection on February 10, 2014 inspectors found 42 violations.

2) Salsa's Mexican Restaurant at 35114 U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor, 40 violations

State inspectors visited on April 29 and found fruit flies flying around in the kitchen's food preparation area. Inspectors also say a worker failed to wash their hands before putting on gloves to work with food. Inspectors said there was encrusted material on a can opener blade and they saw a black/green mold-like substance in the ice bin.

During the previous inspection on October 7, 2013 inspectors found 10 violations.

3) Crescent Oaks Country Club located at 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, 42 violations

State inspectors visited on May 2 and found dented or rusted cans. They also spotted live flies in kitchen and small flying insects in the restaurant's bar area. Inspectors took the temperatures of food in the walk-in cooler and said multiple foods were held at greater than 41 degrees, which can be hazardous. The foods stored at unsafe temperatures included chili at 46°, pudding at 44°, hot dogs at 43°, wings at 44°, beef at 43° and potato salad at 45°.

During the previous inspection on October 24, 2013 inspectors found 1 violation.

4) Trang Viet Cuisine located at 1524 East Fowler Ave. in Tampa, 38 violations

State inspectors visited on April 28 and temporarily closed the restaurant. Inspectors say they found dead and live roaches in the restaurant. They saw 27 live roaches in numerous places in the restaurant including: one in dry storage, one outside the dry storage door, four by the dish machine, one by the grease trap, two on the wall under the dish sink, six in a box under the dish sink, one under a stand-up refrigerator, two under a table with server's trays, two under the reach-in cooler on the cook's line, two under a prep sink, one above the takeout containers by front counter, one on the wall by the entrance to the kitchen, one on a shelf by the microwave, one by the walk-in freezer, one on the walk-in cooler door.

During the previous inspection on December 4, 2013 inspectors found 27 violations.

5) China King located at 3163 Curlew Rd. in Oldsmar, 33 violations

State inspectors visited on May 1 and found non-food grade plastic to-go containers and thank you bags used to store food in the freezer. Plastic jugs were also cut in half and reused as scoops, which is not allowed. Inspectors also say chicken was not covered in the walk-in cooler.

During the previous inspection on October 1, 2013 inspectors found 17 violations.

6) Blue Dolphin located at 8825 SR 52 in Hudson, 32 violations

State inspectors visited on April 29 and found butter and creamer held at greater than 41 degrees, which is considered an unsafe temperature. There was also potentially hazardous food cooked and heated on the previous day that was not cooled down from 135 degrees to 41 degrees within a 6-hour time period.

During the previous inspection on November 21, 2013 inspectors found 13 violations.

7) Westshore Pizza East Lake located at 2525 East Lake Rd. in Palm Harbor, 31 violations

State inspectors visited on May 2 and found dented or rusted cans. They also saw encrusted material on a can opener blade. Inspectors say they saw animal food (eggs) stored over ready-to-eat food (milk) in a reach-in cooler. A wall was also soiled with accumulated food debris.

During the previous inspection on October 15, 2013 inspectors found 3 violations.

8) Andys on the Bay, 472 Douglas Rd., Oldsmar, 30 violations

State inspectors visited on May 1 and issued a stop sale order on potentially hazardous food because of temperature abuse. Inspectors say red beans were 75°F, black beans were 70°F. Inspectors also saw encrusted, soiled material on a slicer. They say an employee also failed to wash their hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food.

During the previous inspection on October 8, 2013 inspectors found 6 violations.

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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.

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