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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 May 12 to 17, 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) Los Mariaches at 9100 Ulmerton Rd. in Largo, 48 total violations

State inspectors visited on May 12 and temporarily closed the restaurant after finding problems with rodents and roaches. Inspectors found 5 wet rodent droppings on top of a wet chlorine container and 10 dry rodent droppings on top of a dishwashing machine. They found 3 dry rodent droppings on a cart at end of the cook’s line.

Inspectors discovered more than 40 live roaches at the restaurant. 1 live roach was under a hand sink. I live roach was on the kitchen ceiling. 25 live roaches were on the kitchen. 15 live roaches were on a tray on a storage shelf in the kitchen. 1 live roach was on some shelving in the bar area. 1 live roach was on the floor in the bar area and 1 live roach was in the dining area on the floor.

Inspectors also say there was roach excrement or droppings present on a tray and on a wall in the kitchen. Dead roaches were seen under cart and under the steam table. Inspectors issued a stop sale order on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse.

The restaurant was reopened on May 13 after meeting inspection standards with 3 violations

During the previous inspection on March 18, 2014 , inspectors found 3 violations.

2) Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant at 2486 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon, 42 total violations

State inspectors visited on May 16, 2014 and found an employee who was prepping food but was not wearing a hair restraint. Raw fruits or vegetables were not washed prior to cutting or shredding. Raw or undercooked animal food was offered at the restaurant, but the establishment has no written consumer advisory. Raw animal foods must be fully cooked prior to service.

During the previous inspection on January 14, 2014, inspectors found 50 violations.

3) Lupton's Banquet Centre at 5299 E. Busch Blvd. in Temple Terrace, 41 total violations

State inspectors visited on May 15, 2014, and found 3 dead roaches under a counter on the hot food line. Inspectors issued a stop sale order on vanilla pudding that was in a dented or rusted can. Inspectors also issued a stop sale order on eggs due to temperature abuse. Nonfood-grade garbage bags were being used to store chicken marinade.

During the previous inspection on October 31, 2014, inspectors found 37 violations.

4) Thai Spice Restaurant at 2475 McMullen Booth Rd. in Clearwater, 37 total violations

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5) Wasabi Japanese Restaurant at 13154 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville, 33 total violations

State inspectors visited on May 14, 2014 and found dented or rusted cans of baby corn and ketchup. They issued a stop sale order on these items. There were also live flies in kitchen. Inspectors say an employee washed their hands in a 5-gallon bucket next to the fryers on the cooks line, instead of using a sink. All potentially hazardous foods in two reach-in coolers on the cook’s line were held greater than 41 degrees.

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6) Joe's Family Restaurant at 911 W. Main St. in Inverness, 32 total violations

State inspectors visited on May 16, 2014 and found live, small flying insects in the food preparation area. All potentially hazardous foods in a reach-in cooler were held at greater than 41 degrees. A stop sale order was issued on meatballs, meatloaf, spaghetti, and beef due to temperature abuse.

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7) Noodles and Thai at 2602 E. Fletcher Ave. in Tampa, 32 total violations

State inspectors visited on May 12, 2014 and found eggs held at room temperature greater than 45 degrees. A wall was soiled with accumulated food debris. Bean sprouts, which are a potentially hazardous food were held at greater than 41 degrees.

During the previous inspection on August 26 2013, inspectors found 15 violations.

8) Rustic Ranch R & B at 104 U.S. Highway 41 Inverness, 30

State inspectors visited on May 12, 2014 and issued a stop sale on potentially hazardous food held at an unsafe temperature for more than six hours. Inspectors also say cheeses were held at greater than 41 degrees.

Cut tomatoes were held at greater than 41 degrees. Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.

During the previous inspection on October 4, 2013 , inspectors found no 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.

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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