Unclean equipment and food-contact surfaces were at the forefront of this week’s dirty list as roaches and “white residue” raised red flags for food inspectors.
A total of 35 restaurants, food marts and bars across the San Antonio area received enough demerits to land a spot on the dirtiest restaurants list.
A South Side staple, Bud Jones at 1440 S.W. Military Drive, was caught with a roach in a microwave while the Whataburger at 8002 Fredericksburg Road, in the Medical Center, received demerits when the wisk holder was “not clean and had white residue.”
Contamination was also an issue at Medina Base Quick Mart, where employees were seen cleaning painting equipment in the hand washing sink, according to its report.
To make the Express-News' list of dirtiest restaurants, an establishment must earn a score of 89 or below — or anything less than an "A" — during a random city health inspection.
More wild violations include packages of food “eaten by rodents” at 7-Eleven at 11390 Interstate 35 South, “grey water” dripping in the kitchen at Teka Molino at 1007 Rittiman Road and “black buildup” in the ice machine at Little Sam’s at 6801 New U.S. 90 West.
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The San Antonio Express-News examines hundreds of restaurant inspections each week conducted by the San Antonio Food and Environmental Health Services division to bring you the eateries with scores of 89 or below.
Restaurants are graded on a 100-point system, where "100" is a perfect score, and demerits are based upon the number of violations found during a regular food establishment inspection. There are three categories of demerits and each are assigned a demerit score of 3, 2 or 1 points, according to the health division.
Scores and demerits listed are only representative of the state of the restaurant at the time of inspection and are surveyed at random.
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