May 17 Restaurant Report: temperature and cleaning violations


You may never think about whether your food in a restaurant was cooked to the proper temperature, but health inspectors do. It's critical to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

Cheese sauce, meatballs, and soup were all not hot enough, according to the state health inspector, at Melito's, 8815 Three Chopt Road in Henrico. The restaurant had five critical violations on its last inspection, but staff heated the foods to the proper temperatures and other violations were corrected during the inspection.

Also in Henrico, O'Charley's at 6291 West Broad Street usually earns better scores, but on this inspection it had 4 critical violations, including that the slicer had not been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and other things like the fryer cabinets and wheels and bar coolers needed cleaning. Some equipment still needed some cleaning and repairs on the follow-up inspection a month later, but everything was spic and span for a perfect score on the follow-up after that.

It's a fast food restaurant inside the Bellwood Drive-in Flea Market that wins this week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award. At 9201 Jeff Davis Highway in Chesterfield, the restaurant has aced it's last 4 health inspections.

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