December 15 Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Michael Ng has been running four Thai Cabin food carts in downtown Richmond for 13 years.

"One of my mottos in the restaurant is if I won't eat it, I won't serve it," he told us.

Ng's carts usually pass inspection with flying colors. But this time, at the cart at the corner of 10th and Main: "I messed up!" he explained. "We have four critical violations but they have been taken care of. It kills me inside because I'm hard on myself as it is. I strive for perfection every day."

He showed us rice and noodles are time-tracked to make sure they're always hot enough, and the creamer is being kept cold enough.

"We had it just on ice but it kind of floated on top. This time it actually sinks down into the icy water," he showed us.

Ng says the cart has been freshly cleaned and painted, and he wants you to know, "It's fixed and hopefully you guys will forgive me."

In Chesterfield, La Palmera at 7701 Midlothian Turnpike just earned the NBC12 Hall of Fame Award in August. But its streak of perfect scores was broken with 5 critical violations on an inspection. The report says water was dripping from a leaking roof down into the walk-in cooler and contaminating food.  The report states the restaurant had undergone a complete staffing change.  Our calls to the manager were not returned.  But La Palmera had the roof and cooler repaired by the next inspection and earned a perfect score.

In Henrico, Hardee's at 4841 South Laburnum Avenue has had 4 critical violations on each of its last three inspections. Most recently, the report says some chicken breasts were undercooked. A manager told us "no comment" when we called. The report says the chicken breasts were re-cooked and violations were corrected during the inspection.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Tati's Cafe, inside the building at 1011 Boulder Springs Drive in Chesterfield for six perfect inspections in a row.

Firehouse Subs just opened a new shop at 12059 Southshore Pointe Drive in Midlothian, featuring a mural of Chesterfield firefighters putting out a fire at the historic ruins of Grove Shaft.

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