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Restaurant Report Card

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Many of us dine out fairly often and we'd like to believe the food we order is safe to eat. This week we have two restaurants in south Fargo where the health code violations added up, and another one who hasn't had a violation in over a year.

Getting noticed by the health inspector for the wrong reasons isn't tough. After being open for about a year and a half Lucky's 13 Pub in south Fargo has already been visited by the inspector five times.

The last two inspections they received 12 violations. Two of those were critical. The health inspector's report indicates staffers kept chicken, cut fruit, and veggies in a cooler where they weren't date marked to prove the products freshness.

But what stood out were the number of violations repeatedly neglected. The repeat violations: not date marking food... Litter debris adding up near food prep areas... And not storing cleaning rags in the proper spot.

The manager said all of the violations were taken care of before the health inspector even left. It was just the next day when the manager says all staff was informed where they came up short.

The next restaurant is just down the block at Johnny Carino's. Their last two health inspections turned up eight violations. Two of those were deemed critical by the inspector.

The first violation: sanitary gloves not being worn while preparing some ready to be eaten foods. The health inspector corrected that mistake on the spot. The second violation was for having sanitizer spray bottles in the same holding area as clean utensils.

We talked with the manager who says all violations are take seriously and immediately discussed with staffers.

The last restaurant in our restaurant report card is Qdoba Mexican Grill off of 45th St. in south Fargo. They haven't had a single violation in over a year and a half. The general manager, Deanna Gadberry says it's something her staff and her take pride in. 

"It isn't really tough if you follow the policies and procedures. But any little thing can happen. Especially when your training new people all the time and staying on top of that. That makes it tough. But our management staff and the employees we have in place work really hard to follow those policies and when the new ones (policies) come in they work with them." Explains Gadberry.

This is the second time Qdoba has received a clean plate award from us. The first one went to Qdoba in Moorhead. They obviously have a pretty good thing going with their staff training. To check out this report go to valleynewslive.com and click on the restaurant report card.

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