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Continued: Hard Data: Food-code violations aplenty in Minneapolis

  • Article by: JANE FRIEDMANN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 20, 2012 - 10:59 AM

The Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services conducted 2,220 inspections in the second half of 2011 of more than 1,400 restaurants or other businesses that make food.

While the majority of inspections resulted in a clean bill of health, a few restaurants racked up dozens of violations. Some of the violations were considered critical, or more likely to cause food-borne illness.

I've added up the critical violations found in all inspections of each eatery in the second half of 2011.

Shown are the restaurants that garnered the highest number of critical violations. An asterisk indicates the violation was found to be uncorrected in a subsequent inspection in the same time period.

Most restaurants on this list have corrected all their critical violations. Exceptions are noted.

1 Rare, 615 2nd Av. S., 19 critical violations (42 total violations)

Person in charge not knowledgeable. Employee who changed sanitizer didn't wash hands before cutting avocados. Employee handled sushi items with bare hands. Couldn't confirm fish properly frozen for parasite destruction. Raw eggs stored over cooked food.

No sanitizer in glass-washing machine. Stored slicer contained food debris. Soda gun holder dirty. Menu did not indicate raw items or contain consumer advisory. Cold food too warm. Food not date-marked.*

Plan not followed for disposal of food held at room-temperature. Unlabeled spray bottle. Sanitizer at improper concentrations. Leaky sink.

2 Chinatown Chinese Food, 2929 Dupont Av. S., 18 critical violations (42 total)

Person in charge not knowledgeable.* Raw eggs stored above vegetables.* Container on top of uncovered food.* No sanitizer used in dish washing sink. Cold food too warm.* Food not date-marked.*

Too weak or too strong solution in sanitizer bucket.* Grocery store bags used for food storage.* Leaky sink.

Three critical violations remain unabated after the restaurant's most recent inspection.

3 Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet, 2216 E. Lake St., 16 critical violations (45 total)

Person in charge not knowledgeable. Employee washed hands without using soap. Couldn't confirm fish properly frozen for parasite destruction.* Mussels lacked ID tags.

Container on top of uncovered food. Bulk food containers dirty with foreign food debris.* Cooked food cooled too slowly. Cold food too warm. Insufficient plan for disposal of food held at room temperature.* Sink hose too low.* Freezing logs for tilapia not on-site.

4 Mt. Fuji Restaurant, 2819 Hennepin Av. S., 15 critical violations (42 total)

Person in charge not knowledgeable. No illness log on site. Employee beverage in prep area. Employee bathroom had no hand sink. Couldn't confirm fish properly frozen for parasite destruction.* Raw meat stored above ready-to-eat food.

Dirty beverage-gun holder. Hot food too cool. Food not date-marked.* Complete plan not submitted for disposal of food held at room-temperature. Unlabeled spray bottle. Menu lacked consumer warning about raw food.

5 Marisqueria el Nayarita, 730 E. Lake St., 13 critical violations (36 total)

Person in charge not knowledgeable. Shellfish ID tags not retained. Couldn't confirm fish properly frozen for parasite destruction.* Raw meat stored above vegetables, tortillas and cooked meat. Menu did not list oysters as raw or contain consumer warning.* Cold food too warm. Coolers set at wrong temperatures. Food not date-marked.*

Marisqueria was closed for a period of time in July to address a mouse infestation.

6 Wondrous Azian Kitchen, 533 Hennepin Av. S., 12 critical violations (36 total)

Sushi rolled with bare hands. Shellfish ID tags removed or disorganized. Raw eggs and beef stored above produce. Hot food too cool. Cold food too warm.* No written plan for disposal of certain food held at room temperature. No sanitizer in bar glass washer. Cleaning solution not labeled. Menu failed to identify raw items.*

An inspection for two remaining critical violations is scheduled.

7 Hibachi Buffet, 111 E. Lake St., 12 critical violations (29 total)

Food debris on stored equipment.* List of raw items at sushi bar incomplete.* Cold food too warm.* Food not date-marked.* No written plan for disposal of non-refrigerated sushi.* Plan not followed for disposal of rice held at room temperature. Too-strong sanitizing solution.

8 Kikugawa, 43 Main St. SE, 12 critical violations (55 total) Soda gun holder dirty. Menu did not contain raw-food warning.* Cold food too warm. Food not date-marked. Plan not followed for disposal of rice held at room temperature.

New at reinspection: Person in charge not knowledgeable. New plan for disposal of room-temperature food not submitted. Leaky sinks.

Kikugawa was closed for a day in September to address a mouse infestation.

9 El Nuevo Mariachi, 2728 Nicollet Av., 11 critical violations (34 total)

Person in charge not knowledgeable. Employee food or beverage in food-prep area.* Black mold buildup in ice machine.* Menu did not indicate raw items or contain consumer warning.* Food not date-marked.* Unlabeled spray bottle.

One critical violation remains unabated after the restaurant's most recent inspection.

10 Ibrahim Restaurant, 1202 E. Lake St., 11 critical violations (29 total)

Person in charge not knowledgeable. No sanitizer used at dish washing sink.* Cooked food cooled too slowly. Cold food too warm.* Hot food too cool.* No written plan for disposal of food held at room temperature. Sink spray arm hung too low.*

Hard Data digs into public records and puts a spotlight on rule breakers. Contact me at jfriedmann@startribune.com.

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