January 12 Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Jose Ramon says the food at Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant, 4702 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond, is the real enchilada of Mexican cuisine, showing us how they make chicken enchiladas. "So that's a real enchilada, a typical enchilada back in Mexico."

The restaurant had four critical violations on a recent inspection, including, the report says, that some prepared pork was still in the refrigerator 10 days after it's consume-by date. But Ramon showed us it was due to an old label on the container.

"The dishwashers do not take off the labels," Ramon showed us washed container with a date label still on it. "So this label should be taken off, so the next time we use it, you'll think this is the right label, but it's not."

Now smaller quantities of meat are stored in individual bags with dates on each one. "He wanted individually, like right now, individually dated."

Violations were corrected during the inspection.

In Henrico, TGI Friday's at 7023 West Broad Street had 4 critical violations on a routine health inspection. The report says the lemon cutter and the onion chopper were not clean. That and other violations were corrected on the spot. An area manager told us they do not believe the inspector's visit was an inspection, however records state that it was. TGI Friday's earned a perfect score on it's follow-up inspection 4 days later.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Caribe Restaurant, 5310 Hull Street Road in Richmond.

"Everything has to be clean with Clorox, a lot of chemicals, everything has to be clean," explained assistant manager Jose Jiminez.

This Caribbean restaurant has aced five of its last seven inspections and hasn't had a critical violation in two years.

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