Popular South Side Mexican restaurant gets failing health score
SAN ANTONIO — A popular South Side Mexican restaurant failed its April health inspection, and when KSAT Investigates reporter Tim Gerber came by this week to find out what happened, the manager only provided no answer. He disappeared behind the kitchen door.
Taqueria La Tapatia
Taqueria La Tapatia, located in the 6700 block of South Flores Street, saw its previous score of 82 drop to 67. That’s a failing score, according to Metro Health.
The inspector found a long list of violations, including six repetitions.
They had to throw the food into a cold hold that was too hot.
The knives stored on the knife rack contained food debris.
Workers did not wash their hands when changing tasks and handling food. Those who washed their hands did so in the wrong sink.
Other employees were seen touching food with their bare hands.
In all, the inspector found 22 infractions.
Gerber stopped by the restaurant this week to see what they had to say about the drastic drop in scores.
The duty manager looked surprised when Gerber showed him the inspection report.
The manager went behind the kitchen door to review their records but never returned to answer questions.
KSAT Investigates requested a copy of the reinspection report from Metro Health.
El Potosino Mexican Restaurant
Mexican restaurant El Potosino in the 7200 block of San Pedro Avenue scored a 79 during its April inspection.
Raw beef was stored above the vegetable containers.
The inside of the ice maker was dirty.
The inspector observed a cook crack open a raw egg and then handle ready-to-eat food without changing gloves.
An employee’s medication was found stored near a handy cooler.
Clean utensils still contained food debris.
They also had to do a thorough cleaning of the business.
Seoul Asian Market
Seoul’s Asian Market in the 1000 block of Rittiman Road scored an 85.
An employee had to throw several foods into a cooler that was way too hot. The inspector told them that it needed to be repaired before they could use it again.
There was a buildup of black residue in the ice machine.
The kimchi bowls were damaged.
Dead insects had to be removed.
Employees were reminded to wear hair ties and the air vents had to be cleaned of dust and debris.
100-90 = A (very good to fair)
89-80 = B (Acceptable to Marginal)
79 or less = C (marginal to poor)
*Metro Health indicates that scores of 69 or less are failing scores
Other scores from this week of inspections
Downtown Food Store, 100
531 Elm Street
Fast Eddies neighborhood billiards, 100
7616 Culebra Road
Ice cream and chocolate by the river, 100
Longhorn Steakhouse, 100
5706W FM 1604N
9600 IH 10W
Jack in the box, 99
9330 Würzbach Road
Gibby’s cooler, 98
2402 SE Military Drive
I don’t know yet Café & Lounge, 97
1229 Babcock Road
New Meadow Cafe, 96
Dunkin/Baskin Thousand Oaks, 95
2882 Thousand Oaks
Chili Tomate y Cebolla Mexican Restaurant, 94
1009 Donaldson Avenue
Bill Miller BBQ, 93
135 WW White Road S
Locomotive El Pollo, 92
7327 San Pedro Avenue
Quick Tacos, 91
1823 Martin Street West
Common Wealth Cafe and Bakery, 90
112 Pecan Street East
Want to know who has good scores and who doesn’t? KSAT 12 has a new tool for this.
Just click on this link, and it will take you to a new mapping tool we have showing recent scores for San Antonio food businesses.
The reports are six months old and are frequently updated.
You can catch Tim’s BKD reports on Thursdays on Nightbeat.
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