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Restaurant Report Card

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Every Tuesday we bring you our restaurant report card. We check out the health inspectors notes and find who in the valley is being written up for violations. Tonight Valley News Live reports how some local restaurants are doing right, with a bit of guidance from the health inspector.

This week we start with a local hot spot Buffalo Wild Wings off of 42nd street in south Fargo. They didn't get any critical violations in their last few inspections but they did create a habit of making the same mistakes inspection after inspection..

The health inspector found a build up of food debris on the grill, kitchen floor, and in the cooler that holds food. The six offenses in September were cut down to three repeat violations by February. Those were sanitation problems not fully taken care of yet.

The health inspector tells us when restaurants have repeat offenses, they call an informal meeting with managers and employees to teach them how to better get a handle on proper cleaning schedules.

The next restaurant is China King in West Fargo. The stand out critical violation was a sink used to wash hands in the kitchen didn't have any soap. After talking with an employee at China King they explained they have two sinks in the kitchen and one of the soap dispensers merely ran dry. They told us since the inspectors visit it has been taken care of it.

Also the ice machine was dirty at China King. It had to be drained and cleaned and the folks at China King told us with a bit of insight from the health inspector they were able to tackle that problem too.

If the health inspector finds problems like these they will return to the restaurant within 10 to 15 days to make sure the problems are taken care of. But like they have told us in the past, most of these issues are taken care of the same day as they are diagnosed.

At the downtown public library the Breezeway Cafe hasn't had a violation since 2011. They work hard at it though, and that's why Valley News Live acknowledged their hard efforts with this weeks clean plate award.

"It's difficult I have a really small area but with food you have to keep it clean. I'm not gonna go to a place I see dirt around and I expect the same for my customers, we work hard to keep it clean." Says owner Maureen Kearns.

The owner at the Breezeway Cafe says the health inspector actually asked her for some tips on how she keeps things so clean, last time when he paid a visit. Congratulations!

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