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Strip club roaches. Rodent poop in the bread crumbs. Miami to Palm Beach restaurant yuck

Miami Herald logo Miami Herald 11/23/2022 David J. Neal, Miami Herald

We’ve never had a strip club on The Sick and Shut Down List. Also, the rodents seem to be getting a little comfortable and cocky, recently.

Let’s get to it so you can find out if that fact and feeling are connected.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING. NOW, READ: What follows comes from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation restaurant inspections in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. A restaurant that fails inspection remains closed until passing an inspection.

If you see a problem and want a place inspected, contact the DBPR. We don’t do the inspections, control who gets inspected nor how strictly the inspector inspects.

We don’t include all violations, just the most moving, whether internally or literally moving (because it’s alive or once was alive). Some violations get corrected immediately after the inspector points them out. But in those situations, ask yourself, why did the violations exist in the first place? And, how long would they have remained if not for the inspection?

We report without passion or prejudice, but with several dashes of humor (and occasional indignation).

In alphabetical order...

Bo Bo Chinese Take out, 6839 Sunset Strip, Sunrise: Complaint inspection, 11 total violations, five High Priority violations.

A chest freezer had exposed insulation inside and “duct tape used to repair nonfood-contact surface” on the outside. Somebody needs to tell Team Bo Bo that you can’t treat a freezer like the driver’s seat on your fat uncle’s 1975 Buick.

One live roach on the floor in front of the three-compartment sink.

Presumably, he was moving and would not be confused with the rodent droppings left behind stored boxes in the kitchen (four), under a storage shelf with to-go containers and condiments (three), behind a reach-in chest freezer (two) or on a front counter shelf (10).

Who left those? Perhaps the “one live rodent in the kitchen, crawling up pipes behind the range hood.”

The re-inspection got Bo Bo to “Follow Up Inspection Required.” There’s no online notation of that inspection.

La Palma Restaurant, 6091 SW Eighth St., Miami:Routine inspection, 13 total violations, two High Priority violations.

Can somebody grab a towel and do a little wiping?

The can opener blade qualified as a “food-contact surface soiled with food debris, mold-like substance or slime.”

The inside of the microwave had an “accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris.”

Even when they were clean, they were filthy. “Clean inverted pans stored on a soiled shelf, bottom shelf of the prep table.”

But there’s little worse than, not standing water, but standing sewage, which was “backing up on the floor around the floor drain.”

The inspector also saw “sewage backing up from the floor drain after washing hands at the hand washing sink” before the plumber arrived.

The plumber did his thing. No exterminator came, so the flies had a fine time.

Over eight were around a handwashing sink and prep table and another eight flew around a shelf near the microwave at the coffee/drink station. Maybe they should see if one of the flies will clean the microwave.

La Palma passed re-inspection the next day.

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Los Pinchos, 1940 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood:Routine inspection, nine total violations, two High Priority violations.

“Observed raw whole chicken being thawed at room temperature.” One big bird of barfy bacteria, please.

Near a handwashing sink, about 15 flies landed on limes and the cilantro sauce protected by a lid. Another 25 landed on unpeeled unions.

But, somebody should’ve told the front counter employee not to spray OFF insect repellent over the cilantro sauce. Or, at least, wash his hands after doing so.

Los Pinchos was back in action after the next day’s re-inspecton.

Pho 1, 2800 N. Military Tr., West Palm Beach:Routine inspection, nine violations, five High Priority violations.

“Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use...pots and pans washed, rinsed and put away without sanitizing.” The inspector “explained and showed him the sanitizer sign on the three-compartment sink.”

That explanation took on greater importance when it was found that the dishmachine chlorine sanitizer measured zero parts per million on first test. On second test? Zero. Time to set up manual sanitation at the three-compartment sink.

Such problems didn’t bother the two dead roaches under the dishwasher (obviously) or the live one. Elsewhere, there were five in an oil box stored on the floor

After a failed re-inspection the next day — three live roaches — passed re-re-inspection on Nov. 16.

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Pizza Stop, 8275 N. Pine Island Rd., Tamarac: Routine inspection, 26 total violations, four High Priority violations.

And, as dependable as summer afternoon rain in Miami...”Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine/bin.”

But also, there was a “heavy accumulation of lime scale inside the dish machine,” a dishwasher that had zero sanitizer strength.

The reach-in cooler doors and gaskets at the pizza station had a “buildup of old food debris, slime-like and mold-like substance.”

As far as the food contact surfaces, the soda nozzles, soda nozzle holders and the interior of the soda nozzles at the soda station had “accumulated black, mold-like substance.”

Back atop the dishwasher, there were 20 pieces of rodent regularity.

The rodents seem happy with the eating options. But the walk-in cooler worked about like an animated ACME product so food that needed to be kept at 41 degrees or under wasn’t as cool as it needed to be even after a sleepover in the cooler. Stop Sales rained on tomatoes, ham, capicola, penne pasta, spaghetti, raw chicken wings, raw chicken breast and milk.

Pizza Stop got started again after the next day’s re-inspection.

Rachel’s Palm Beach, 2905 45th St., West Palm Beach:Routine inspection, five total violations, three High Priority violations.

Also, known on its license as “Rachel’s Adult Entertainment and Steak House,” the strip club’s cookline hit our pet peeve, “In-use knife/knives stored in cracks between pieces of equipment.”

There were no roaches on the pole. But where were eight live ones behind the flip top cooler and one on a cookline prep table “with food items present.”

Two dead roaches, too.

Rachel’s came correct on Nov. 15.

Xixon, 2101 SW 22nd St., Miami: Routine inspection, 22 total violations, three High Priority violations.

“Unnecessary items/unused equipment on the premises. Observed an unused stove by the back door.” Yes, this is a violation. You’re supposed to be running a restaurant, not Sanford & Son.

No handwash sink for the employees in the new prep/bakery area. The kitchen handwash sink’s paper towel dispenser wasn’t working, like it’s bought-first-day technology.

We already have it covered this week, but Xixon made sure we had an “accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine/bin.”

Now, to the rodent droppings, as ubiquitous in the inspection as they apparently were in the restaurant.

“In the dry storage area: 50-plus rodent droppings underneath the shelf, rice and beans on the floor.” Wonder if the inspector was sure those were rice and beans.

“Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition...approximately 20-plus rodent droppings inside the containers with bread crumbs stored inside.”

“Dry storage area: containers with sugar, chocolate chips, and flour soiled with rodent droppings.” Now, to be fair, those 42-plus droppings were on top of closed containers.

If you want a breakdown of the rest of the more than 276 rodent droppings counted, here we go.

▪ Four on Ziploc bags on a shelf.

▪ More than 15 atop a closed container with bread crumbs.

▪ More than 20 inside the containers with bread crumbs stored inside (you knew that already).

▪ More than 60 on a cardboard box with utensils next to the flour container.

▪ More than 50 under a shelf.

▪ More than 20 inside bus tubs with vacuum seal wraps.

▪ More than 30 on unwrapped single service lids inside the bus tub.

▪ More than 30 atop sealed boxes with corn starch.

▪ More than 15 inside a storage container with sealed bags of lentils.

Somehow, someway, Xixon passed Nov. 16 re-inspection.

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