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Restaurant Report Card

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Tuesday means one more look into the health inspectors notes so that we can bring you another edition of a Valley News Live exclusive, the Restaurant Report Card. Valley News Team's Eric Crest finds out what local eateries were written up recently, and for what.

We're visiting two Fargo eateries known for their foreign delicacies for this weeks Restaurant Report Card.

First up is Passage To India, located off of 45th Street South. In their last two inspections they were written up 15 times by the health inspector. Three of those violations were critical.

Some of the standouts were for having cooked rice and beans in the cooler that were not date marked to show how long they'd been in there. Another write up had to do with a container of chicken from their buffet that was cooling at a work station, rather than the refrigerator.

The owner of Passage To India tells Valley News Live his wife and him work seven days a week to keep the restaurant up to snuff. Adding that it's a constant challenge to train in new staff.

Next is Lucy's off of 32nd Avenue South. In their last two inspections they were written up 11 times. Only one of those was deemed critical by the inspector.

They were cited for storing food in their refrigerator at 50 degrees rather than 41 degrees or less. Their kitchen floor also needed some sweeping according to the inspector.

A Lucy's manager said they have purchased a new fridge to ensure temperature control since their last visit from the inspector. Adding that they work hard to make sure their restaurant is clean and ready for guests.

Now you probably wouldn't expect to see a commercial kitchen in a house. But that's where this week's Clean Plate award goes. Cyndi Honl the owner of Cakes and Crafts has been pushing wedding and celebratory cakes out of her home for 17 years. She has yet to written up for a violation in that time which she says she's proud of.

"Small is good. You don't need all of this footage to make a product. I pumped out 8,500 sugar cookies for Sanford in this kitchen. You don't need a big area," says Honl.

You can find out more about Honl's business at her website, cakesandcrafts.com. Who knows, you may have eaten one of her cakes at a wedding in Fargo sometime over the past 17 years.

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