March 15 Restaurant Report

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Not only do dishes and any food preparation surfaces have to be cleaned, the state requires that they be sanitized with a chlorine solution to make sure bacteria is killed. Restaurants were reminded of that in this edition of the Restaurant Report.

The first was Shanghai at 9951 Hull Street Road in Chesterfield, which usually earns good inspection scores. But this time it had 6 critical violations. The state health report says no sanitizer was being used in the food production area. That was corrected during the inspection. Shanghai had one critical violation each on two follow-up inspections, which were also both fixed.

Down the same street in Chesterfield, Asia Cafe, 13981 Hull Street Road had 4 critical violations. The inspector noted that a cutting board had not been properly cleaned and sanitized. But all problems were gone by the re-inspection three weeks later.

In Henrico, Waffle House at 5414 Williamsburg Road had 4 critical violations, including that several coffee cups were dirty with lipstick and food debris. The cups were removed and violations were corrected on the spot.

A media spokesperson for Waffle House, Inc. sent us the following statement: "We make every effort to provide a clean, safe environment for all our customers and associates. I have spoken with the manager and all the violations have been addressed and corrected. We are taking all the appropriate steps to ensure this restaurant continues to meet health and sanitation standards."

Serving fast food is fast and furious. But the Taco Bell at 6720 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond does it while keeping the kitchen clean. It's earned perfect scores on four of its last six inspections, and hasn't had a critical violation in two years.

Check out this week's Style Weekly for it's annual State of the Plate edition. The Roosevelt has been named Restaurant of the Year.

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