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Restaurant Report Card

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Every Tuesday we look into the health inspectors reports to find out what local eateries are being written up for violations. All in an attempt to find out which restaurants are keeping their nose clean. Valley News teams Eric Crest brings us this weeks installment of the Restaurant Report Card.

Many of the violations restaurants get written up for are minor in the grand scheme of things. But the health inspector wouldn't include these violations in their write up if it couldn't potentially get you sick.

Today's first restaurant we look into is the Perkins Family Restaurant off of 36th Street South in Fargo. In their last two inspections they were called out for a total of six violations.

Some of the standouts include not having their pies at the right temperature in their display case which is a critical violation. They also were repeat offenders of for not adequately cleaning their walk in cooler prior to the random visit by the inspector.

Next we head over to Mexican Village on Main Avenue in Fargo. In the past six months they've been written up a total of eight times. Nearly all of the violations were repeats from one visit to the next. Mainly for having food debris that was building up on the grill, the kitchen floor, and the cooler. They also were cited for storing boxes of plastic cups on the floor, rather than a consistently dry place.

This report isn't all bad news though. Nichole's Fine Pastries in downtown Fargo gets the clean plate award this week. They haven't had a violation in over a year and a half. They don't just serve pastries and coffee here, they have a full menu and it takes all hands on deck and the health inspectors insight to stay on track.

"The health inspector is our friend not our enemy. He's full of a lot of information that can help us do our job better. I just encourage them (employees) to work on good habits on a daily basis so when the health inspector shows up it isn't a big deal," says Nicole's Fine Pastries owner Nicole Hensen.

The owner of Nichole's Fine Pastries which has been downtown for nearly ten years says it is a constant challenge to keep her shop up to snuff. Adding that her staff and their diligence make her job that much easier. Congratulations to Nichole's Fine Pastries.

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