Nov 15, 2013 6:23 AM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops: Where beer and chorizo don't mix

TUCSON - Southern Arizona is experiencing a warm trend this week but hot or cold, Pima County Health Inspectors always keep the heat on the people who serve you food when you dine out.

Johnny's Complete Foods
1401 N. Hualpai Road

Received three critical and six non-critical violations. Raw chorizo was placed over bottled beer and raw chicken was observed stored over a bin of broccoli. Raw animal foods may not be shelved over ready to eat foods. Utensils, pans and strainers were found with grease and grime on them. Meat was found on hooks inside a duck roaster. With violations not corrected during the inspection, Johnny's Complete Foods, was given a "Needs Improvement" rating.

El Kora Hot Dogs
mobile restaurant

Received five critical violations. The restaurants fresh water tank was empty. A water source must meet the demands of the food establishment. A server did not properly apply gloves before preparing food. Raw bacon wrapped hot dogs stored in an ice chest were temped at 47 degrees, above the required maximum 41 degrees. With more than five critical violations, El Kora Hot Dogs, was given a "Provisional" rating.

Last week, we told you about Halong Bay Restaurant, at 7245 E Tanque Verde and Los Portales Restaurant, at 2615 S. 6th Ave., receiving "Provisional" ratings. The Pima County Health Department has confirmed that both eating establishments passed re-inspection.

Restaurants awarded "Excellent" ratings include:

  • Sausage Deli at 745 E. Grant
  • Pastiche at 3025 N. Campbell
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner at 845 E. University


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