Local Restaurant Inspections

April 25, 2013 | 11 a.m.

Find out if your favorite restaurant has a record

News | Amanda Alhm and Greta Sowles

Local Restaurant Inspections

Map showing the locations of various area restaurants | maps.google.com

Have you ever questioned what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite local restaurant?

Ramsey County Public Health’s routine inspection reports give a snapshot of restaurant health, detailing health code violations and how eating establishments failed to meet certain standards. The health reports were divided into two types of violations – critical violations
and non-critical.

Critical violations are violations that could cause foodborne illness. Non-critical violations, while not as severe, are still addressed in the inspection reports. The following restaurants are located near Bethel University and were inspected near the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.

1. Chipotle Mexican Grill

860 Rosedale Center Plaza

Critical Violations: 2

Non-Critical Violations: 0

Pork should have been discarded because it was being maintained at 123 degrees, when it should have been at 140 degrees or above.

Potentially hazardous food was not marked with discard date.

2. Leeann Chin

2100 Snelling Ave.

Critical: 2

Non-Critical: 2

Chicken was not maintained at 41 degrees and should have been discarded.

3. Kyoto Sushi & Hibachi

2100 Snelling Ave.

Critical: 2

Non-Critical: 3

Containers of toxic items, such as sanitizers, were not properly labeled The sanitizer was also not being maintained properly.

4. Flame

863 Rosedale Center Plaza

Critical: 2

Non-Critical: 4

Ready-to-eat foods were not marked as to the date they were opened or prepared. Dish machine temperature was too high.

5. Grumpy’s Bar & Grill

2801 Snelling Ave. N

Critical: 2

Non-Critical: 5

Cooled potentially hazardous foods were not reheated to 165 degrees for at least 15 seconds. Chili was reheated to 150 degrees. Dish machine spray arm was broken.

6. Romano’s Macaroni Grill

502 Rosedale Center Plaza

Critical: 2

Non-Critical: 5

Food clamp on electric slicer was worn and uncleanable, to the point that it should have been discontinued. Also, a large can opener was filthy.

7. Panera Bread

817 Rosedale Center Plaza

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 0

8. Smashburger

2100 Snelling Ave.

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 0

9. Davanni’s

3673 Lexington Ave.

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 1

Refrigerated items were not marked with date opened or prepared.

10. Noodles & Company

1655 W. County Road B2

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 1

Pasta was 43 degrees instead of 41 degrees.

11. Potbelly Sandwich Works

857 Rosedale Center Plaza

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 1

Failed to maintain ham at 41 degrees or below. During inspection ham was 45 degrees.

12. Olive Garden

1525 County Road C W

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 2

Failed to mark potentially hazardous foods with dates opened.

13. Lindey’s Prime Steakhouse

3600 Snelling Ave. N

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 4

Containers containing cleaning, sanitizing, toxic or poisonous chemicals were not labeled with the common name of the product.

14. Buffalo Wild Wings

1777 County Road B2

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 4

Scooped ice using a glass instead of ice scoop.

15. Jimmy John’s

3775 Lexington Ave. N.

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 5

Employees in contact with food failed to wash their hands between contaminating and immediate food contact. This included instances where an employee did not wash her hands after blowing her nose and touching her cell phone before making a sandwich.

16. Applebee’s

1893 W. Highway 36

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 6

Rinse temperature in dish machine was not high enough.

17. Bethel University

3900 Bethel Drive

Critical: 1

Non-Critical: 7

Fruit flies were found in bakery and coffee kitchens.

18. Subway

3673 Lexington Ave.

Critical: 0

Non-Critical: 2

19. Freestyle Yogurt

2100 Snelling Ave.

Critical: 0

Non-Critical: 3

20. Good Earth Restaurants

1901 Highway 36

Critical: 0

Non-Critical: 3

21. McDonald's

1313 County Road E

Critical: 0

Non-Critical: 3

22. Flaherty’s Arden Bowl

1237 County Road E W

Critical: 0

Non-Critical: 5

23. Baja Sol

3673 Lexington Ave.

Critical: 4

Non-Critical: 8

Many cold, potentially hazardous foods were not maintained below the standard of 41 degrees, which prevents bacteria growth. For example, the jalepeño ranch was stored at 64 degrees. Detergent and degreaser were stored next to and above food, plastic trays and straws.

Baja Sol Follow-Up

Critical: 0

Non-Critical: 3

Over 10 different food codes in violation were properly addressed and corrected, including the cold, potentially hazardous foods, which were maintained at temperatures between 32 to 35 degrees.

24. Big Bowl Chinese Express

1601 County Road C

Critical: 3

Non-Critical: 2

Hot, potentially hazardous foods were not maintained above 140 degrees. One employee failed to wash hands after touching nose. Big Bowl also did not have a manager who is certified by the Minnesota Department of Health.

25. Osaka Sushi & Hibachi

1675 County Road C

Critical: 3

Non-Critical: 4

Some cold, potentially hazardous foods were not maintained below 41 degrees, such as raw beef at 57 degrees. Some unapproved pesticides were in use.

26. Big Bowl

1705 Highway 36

Critical: 3

Non-Critical: 3

Many of the cold, potentially hazardous foods were not maintained below 41 degrees, including vegetable rolls, shrimp rolls and pasta. One of the cooks made bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food.

27. Joe’s Crab Shack

2704 Snelling Ave

Critical: 3

Non-Critical: 5

Store employee beverages were not stored away from food, food contact surfaces and clean utensils. A designated location for employee beverages was suggested. Dressings in the walk-in cooler were marked for 21 days past the recommended discard date.

28. Perkins

3855 Lexington Ave

Critical: 3

Non-Critical: 7

Many spray bottles and sanitizing chemicals were not labeled with their common names. Food was stored on unapproved shelving one inch off the floor in the freezer. Turkey was stored at 52 degrees, 11 degrees above the limit for storage.

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