The Health Department considers food temperatures to be one of the most important things restaurants need to watch to keep food safe. Two restaurants in tonight's Restaurant Report had trouble doing that on their last inspections.
Among four critical violations at El Patron Mexican Restaurant at 6511 Centralia Road in Chesterfield, was that shredded chicken, refried beans, and cheese sauce in the walk-in cooler were not being kept cold enough. The required 41 degrees helps prevent the growth of bacteria. That and other violations were corrected during the inspection, but El Patron still had two critical problems on its follow-up inspection, one was corrected on the spot.