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Restaurant Report Card

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It is time for this week's restaurant report card.

We checked public records of the health inspector's latest reports on local restaurants and found the most serious violations.

After searching several reports, we came upon two restaurants we wanted to look into.

Those are the Subway at 4418 18th Avenue Southwest in Fargo and Passage to India at 855 45th Street South.

We begin with Subway.

The inspector found some debris building up in the ice chute where customers normally get their pop from.

We went right to the owner to ask him about this.

He said with all the bread baking, there gets to be a build-up of yeast, and also sugar splashing up the chute from the pop may contribute.

He added that his store keeps cleanliness a top priority. He calls in Red River Refrigeration once a quarter to thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the pop and ice machine. The machine is also, and more importantly, cleaned daily.

Moving north, we ended up at Passage to India.

We noticed some cleanliness issues in the health inspector's report. There was food debris building on cooking equipment, and there was food splatter on the wall.

Again, we went to the owner.

He told us there is going to be a little bit of a mess, only because everything is made from scratch.

Owner Saravana Rangswamy said, "There is going to be a lot of disorder, things that comes out of cooking, but we make sure at the end of the day everything is sanitized, washed and made very clean."

Rangswamy said making everything from scratch keeps the authentic value on the prepared food.

Passage to India has been voted the best Indian restaurant in town twice in the past four years.

But of course, our segment is not all about violations. We also present a Clean Plate Award to stand out restaurants.

This week's award goes to the Arby's on 25th Street in South Fargo.

In the most recent inspection, Arby's came away with no violations. General Manager Gary Beyl was very grateful, saying it is teamwork paying off.

Beyl said, "The staff is just very excited, and they really work hard and really, I guess, enjoy working here which makes them happy at their work to do a great job to provide good clean customer service."

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