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Restaurant Report Card

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It is Tuesday, and that means it is time for our Restaurant Report Card. We went through the latest health inspection reports for area restaurants to find out which ones needed to clean things up.

This week, we went to three restaurants that had some errors to correct.

Our first restaurant for the week is one of the more popular fast food places in town: Burger King on University Drive South.

In its report, cleanliness issues were front and center. Some pieces inside the ice machine needed cleaning. The ice scoop was not being stored properly. A few floors needed cleaning, and the wall behind the deep fat fryers also needed a good scrub.

Next, we traveled to Side Street Grille and Pub.

There were only a couple violations, but they caught our eye. An employee was seen touching food with their bare hands. An open bag of lettuce also was not marked with a date.

We talked to the general manager who said the touching of food without gloves has been addressed. He said the restaurant is going through some changes, but he expects everyone to have the proper training soon.

The final restaurant we looked at was Spicy Pie on 12th Avenue North.

Here pizzas that were precooked were monitored by time, but the times were not properly recorded, and this is a repeat violation. A piece of cooking equipment also needed cleaning.

We tried reaching out to an owner or manager here, but our calls were not returned.

We also handed out a Clean Plate Award for a restaurant that passed its most recent inspection.

This week that award goes to Denny's on 13th Avenue.

General Manager Jim Shevalier says it means a lot to receive the award because he and the staff take a lot of pride in making sure the place and food are clean and safe.

He says, "I believe the customer really appreciates when they know when they walk into a restaurant that, you know, they don't have to worry about things. They know that they're getting a safe product, and they're going to have a good visit in our restaurant."
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