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Restaurant Report Card

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It's that time of the week. Every Tuesday we bring you our Restaurant Report Card. Today Valley News Live found the eateries in the valley that got written up by the health inspector for violations. We also found a restaurant that got the Valley News Live "clean plate award" for being top-notch.

First up this week, the Season Buffet in south Fargo off of Main Avenue South. During their most recent inspection, they were written up for two critical and four minor violations. The critical violations were for having cabbage and seafood in their cooler that wasn't date marked. They told us today they never let any of those items stay in the cooler longer than a week. But rules say you have to date those items so that staff, and the inspector can identify how old it is, and to keep everyone safe. 

The Season Buffet also had a can opener with food debris on it, believe it or not that's a critical violation too. Old food debris on a can opener could make it from one can of food to the next. Management told us they take the violations very seriously and have since taken care of them.

Next restaurant on the list is Nine Dragons restaurant in south Fargo. All four of their minor violations on their most recent inspection had to do with food debris building up in various places throughout the kitchen.

Management told us today that's exactly what they're focused on cleaning up. In fact they were working on cleaning those trouble spots when we chatted with them this afternoon. They say it's a constant upkeep to stay within the health inspectors code. Adding that once a major cleaning project wraps up, it's time to start the next one.

A few months back, Nine Dragons was cited by the health inspector with four similar violations: food debris in various locations in the kitchen and precooked food that wasn't date marked in the cooler.

Management says they actually put two date marked stickers on one container by accident. But they acknowledge that it's important to get right.

Finally, the restaurant that has managed to keep the health inspectors job easy. The Smiling Moose Deli in Fargo takes the Valley News Live Clean Plate Award this week. They have been open for about a year and have yet to have been written up for a violation by the health inspector.

Congratulations to the Smiling Moose Deli! Today was their most recent inspection and once again, zero violations. Be Sure to tune in every Tuesday at 6PM for your fill of the Restaurant Report Card.

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