February 23 Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - On this critical list, violations range from dirty utensils to foods not cold enough. Both can result in the growth of harmful bacteria on food.

The utensil problem was at the Phoenix Buffet, 101 North Carter Road in Hanover. This buffet had 7 critical violations. Among them, the large meat slicer, several knives, and scissors used to cut raw fish were dirty. But the inspector noted that they were cleaned right away and other violations were corrected during the inspection.

One of the locations where temperature was a problem was Cocina Grande at 10827 Hull Street Road in Chesterfield. The restaurant's 5 critical violations included that the cheese dip was not adequately cooled to prevent bacteria growth. The state requires some foods be cooled to 41 degrees within a few hours. Some violations were fixed while the inspector was still on site.

Some refrigerated foods were not cold enough at New York Fried Chicken, 3000 Meadowbridge Road in Richmond. It had 5 critical violations. According to the inspection report, potato salad, chicken, cheese, and tomato paste were not cold enough in a refrigeration unit. The inspector told them to throw some of these foods out and move the rest to a fridge that could hold 41 degrees. Violations were fixed before the inspector left.

The Empress Restaurant is the queen of clean, according to the Richmond Health Department. It gave the Empress it's Food Safety Star Award for excellent health and safety inspections.

"When you have a closed kitchen like ours, I think people wonder. They kind of want to see behind the scenes and now they have a little bit more confidence that what's going out on the plate really represents what's going on back there," said Empress' Melissa Barlow.

Steve's Restaurant, 110 North Fifth Street, and Subway at 425 East Belt Boulevard were also recognized for cleanliness.

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