SAINT ANTONIO – A Northwest Side Mexican restaurant flunked a recent health inspection, earning them one of the lowest scores in recent memory. A re-inspection found the business still had some work to do.
Taqueria Jalisco #15, located in the 5500 block of Babcock Road, got a failing 59 on their health inspection in late September.
They were cited for numerous health violations from the way they were cooling and preparing meats to how dirty the place was. The inspector noted they needed to incorporate a cleaning schedule that addresses the accumulations of debris and food on a more regular basis than once a week.
Utensils and knives stored on the clean rack were dirty.
The sanitizing sink didn’t have any sanitation solution in it.
An employee making tortillas wasn’t wearing gloves and another worker wiped his hands on a dirty towel and continued to work.
KSAT Investigates reporter Tim Gerber stopped by to see if they had cleaned up their act.
One employee said they were pretty ashamed of their performance but they were striving to make improvements.
“This is the first time we got that low score,” the worker said. “The things that we got wrong we are already resolving.”
It did appear they were making an effort to keep the dining area clean for customers and the employee said they’d also addressed the use of gloves.
“We had a meeting and we already talked with all the guys and they started wearing them,” the employee said.
But when an inspector made a follow-up visit on November 17, he found employees putting on gloves without washing their hands and others were still preparing tacos with bare hands.
He wrote the walls and floors were soiled and there was a foul smell in the meat-holding area.
Both areas needed a thorough cleaning. He also noted clean knives were being stored on a dirty magnetic rack and needed to be rewashed. The inspector gave them a 76 this time around.
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