November 11: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The health department told a restaurant water is not enough to make sure things are clean. But the restaurant properly washed away that problem in this week's Restaurant Report.

We begin in Chesterfield at Chan's Asia Bistro, 7060 Commons Plaza with 5 critical violations. The inspector wrote that employees washed food containers with only water, no detergent or sanitizer was used. But that and other violations were corrected while the inspector was still on site. And Chan's had no critical violations on a follow-up inspection two weeks later.

Moving to Carytown in Richmond, Thai Diner Too at 3028 West Cary Street had 4 critical violations, including that the coconut chicken soup was not being kept hot enough on the steam table. The health department requires that some foods be kept at high enough temperatures to make sure they're safe to eat. The report says all violations were immediately corrected. We contacted Thai Diner Too, but did not receive comment.

Just down the street is this week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award, Babe's of Carytown at 3166 West Cary Street. This popular neighborhood bar and grill has earned perfect scores on its last three state health inspections and hasn't had a critical violation in a year.

President Becky Hester says the hard work pays off. Said Hester, " That's the best thing you can get. If the health man comes in and inspects you, your food is in the right place at the right temperatures, people are getting food cooked properly. It's all good for business."

Looking for a restaurant to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family? Go to for a round up of local restaurants serving up the traditional turkey and trimmings on Thanksgiving. And make reservations, they're filling up fast.

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