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Restaurant Report Card

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Every week we are going through to figure out which restaurants in the area are the cleanest.

We combed through the latest health inspection reports for area restaurants to find the ones that had the most violations. This week, it was the buffets that did not stand up to the test.

Both the King House Buffet on Broadway in Downtown Fargo and the Grand Buffet on 32nd Avenue South found themselves looking at several violations.

We begin with King House.

In this report we found some cleanliness issues. Specifically, the walls through the kitchen and the shelf under the vegetable chopping station needed a clean-up.

But the one violation that stuck out was the temperature of the food on the hot buffet. It is required that food be maintained at 135 degrees or above, unless the food is reheated. Then the requirement is 130 degrees.

At the time of inspection, foods like the chicken were only at 104 degrees, though the health inspector assures this was corrected right away.

We tried reaching out to the owner for comment, but he never called back.

Moving down south to Grand Buffet, we again found repeat cleanliness issues. The hoods in the kitchen and over the Mongolian grill had grease buildup. The coolers had food debris buildup, and the kitchen floors and walls also needed cleaning.

Fly tape was located over the food prep area. Devices used to trap insects are not allowed over these areas.

Lastly, food temperature came into question. Potentially hazardous food must be at 41 degrees or less for a maximum of seven days.

At the time of inspection, the prep cooler in the Mongolian grill was at 47 degrees.

The owner here said they took the report seriously. He said they have since cleaned and removed the fly tape. The cooler is also at the required level.

Of course it is not all bad news on health inspection reports. Several restaurants pass their inspections. For that we reward a clean plate award each week.

This week it goes to Uncorked on Broadway. In the most recent inspection, Uncorked had no violations.

The owner says this positive exposure will be good for her business. She was excited when she got the call from us.

Kathy Swiontek says, "It's what I would expect if I were going into a place. I'd want things to be clean, and I want the same for my customers. Health and safety is really a priority here."

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