Restaurant Report: November 18

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A very popular Shockoe Slip restaurant is known for its upscale meals and meats. But after a critical violation for the way some meat was handled, they've sent staff to be retrained.

The popular Shockoe Slip destination: the Tobacco Company, 1201 East Cary Street had 4 critical violations on its last inspection. The report says an employee handled raw chicken, then handled ready-to-eat cooked beef patties without changing gloves. The health department says that can potentially cross contaminate the meat.

The manager tells us violations were immediately corrected on the spot and they're sending the staff to the Health Department's ServSafe Food Safety class to make sure they do everything right.

Moving up to Hanover, Italian Kitchen at 7522 Lee Davis Road had 4 critical violations. The report says the food prep knives were soiled to sight and touch. This and other violations were corrected while the inspector was still on site. A follow-up report is not yet available. We contacted the restaurant but did not hear back.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Ginger Red, 7500 Jackson Arch in Hanover, earning perfect scores on every inspection for the last two years. The Asian bistro's open kitchen keeps the pressure on.

"Yes, it does, but in a good way because we are conscience of ourselves. It's teamwork and everybody helps each other out and its important that we are aware of what we are doing and doing our best," said manager Elizabeth Cheng.

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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