Restaurant Report: October 21

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Making sure refrigerators are keeping foods cold enough in restaurants is critical. It's tough to do as temperatures can change when someone opens the door. But after some local restaurants earned critical violations for temperature issues on their health inspections, they got the problem fixed.

This week's restaurants are in Richmond. Sumo San at 1725 East Main Street had 4 critical violations, including that shrimp, tuna, salmon, and white fish were cold holding at improper temperatures. The restaurant owner tells us, and the report confirms, all violations were immediately corrected on the spot.

Sam's Kitchen at 17 West Brookland Park Boulevard in Richmond had 4 critical violations. The report says salmon cake mix, chicken, chili, mac & cheese and collards were cold holding at improper temperatures. Violations were corrected during the inspection. The restaurant had no critical violations on a follow-up inspection.

And also in Richmond, Chinatown Express at 122 West Brookland Park Boulevard had 4 critical. The inspector noted that the chef's knives were soiled to sight and touch. Violations were corrected right away. A follow-up report has not yet been posted.

We go to Hanover for this week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award. China Wok at 9502 Chamberlayne Road has earned perfect scores on its last three inspections. Said Xi "Kevin" Lin with China Wok, "It is our responsibility to keep it clean and safe for our customers."

This week, I was invited to speak on a panel of restaurant journalists, experts and owners at SteakChat, an online discussion hosted by, Hodges Partnership, and Morton's The Steakhouse.

The discussion included how restaurants compete, deal with tax issues, and are moving toward more locally grown foods. Said Michelle Williams of Richmond Restaurant Group, "Richmonders are embracing their geography and heritage and hopefully getting on board and staying on board."

Next week is Restaurant Week and 28 local eateries will offer three course meals for $25.10. $2.10 of each meal benefits the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. You can read more at

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