You may not think keeping foods at very specific temperatures is very important, but the Health Department says it's critical. It ensures that harmful bacteria doesn't grow on hot foods that are too cool, or cold foods that are too warm.
The first restaurant in this Restaurant Report where temperature was an issue was Klara's Kitchun at 11360 Ironbridge Road in Chesterfield, which had 4 critical violations. The inspector noted that steak, pasta and baked potatoes were not cold enough. Staff was told to throw them out. Violations were corrected during the inspection.
The next restaurant with a temperature problem was the Indian Pastry House, 3409 Old Parham Road in Henrico, which had 4 critical violations, including that baked potatoes, diced tomatoes, and pastry were not kept cold enough. The report says an employee threw out the foods. The Pastry House earned a perfect score on a follow-up inspection a week later.
It was a different kind of temperature issue at Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet, 4338 South Laburnum Avenue in Henrico. Among their 4 critical violations, was that the dish washing machine was running about 40 degrees below the required temperature to make sure bacteria on dishes was being killed. A repairman was called right away. This and all other violations were fixed by the follow-up inspection the next day.
There hasn't been temperature issues, or any other issues at this week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award winner. It's Burger King, 7065 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Hanover. The staff clearly works hard at this fast food restaurant. They've aced the last two of three inspections, and haven't had a critical violations in nearly 3 years.