Four local eateries struggled with their recent inspection by the Grayson County Health Department. One failed the inspection and was shut down by the Health Department after it was determined the establishment was illegally dumping gray water into a local creek. Four others received the lowest passing grade of a “C.”
The Grayson County Health Department rates restaurants and other establishments that serve food based on their adherence to codes set by the Texas Department of Health. Restaurants are given an “A,” “B,” “C” or “F” score. An “A” means sanitarians reported no or only a few minor violations. Those with a “B” were found to have several minor violations, but nothing major. Restaurants with a “C” might have a major violation or repeat offenses, but in the inspectors’ opinions, nothing bad enough to warrant an “F.” An “A” means sanitarians reported 10 or fewer demerits. Those with a “B” received 11-20 demerits. Restaurants with a “C” had 21-30 demerits and restaurants with “F” ratings received more than 30 demerits.
El Patio Escondido in Van Alstyne received the “F” and was shut down on Jan. 11, but has since reopened. Sherman restaurants Momo’s Donuts, Taste of China and Danni’s New Orleans & More, as well as 7 Store in Gordonville, received “C” grades.
El Patio Escondido
The El Patio Escondido inspection report shows that sanitarians found gray water running out from under the building and into a nearby creek.
“The caps of the pipes have been removed so water may flow out of pipes,” the report said.
The inspector notified the city of Van Alstyne of the issue and the city inspected.
“The repair must be made on the pipes to prevent any discharge,” the report noted. “All waste on the ground must be cleaned.”
Sanitarians also found water dripping directly into food products in the reach-in cooler. Inspectors also noted that food was sitting in water at the bottom of the cooler. The report said several items in the freezer were not properly closed, including shrimp. The report also noted that many food items in the reach-in cooler, prep cooler and freezer were not date marked and the thermometers in the reach-in and prep coolers did not work. In addition, the report indicated the establishment needed a good scrub, noting that several surfaces were heavily soiled.
The Momo’s Donuts inspection report shows the inspector found numerous personnel items in the food prep areas like phones and medications. In addition, the report indicated several areas of the shop needed a good scrub and there were fruit flies observed buzzing around the donuts. There were also several items that the inspectors found which were not date marked and the three-compartment sink was not set up properly.
Danni’s New Orleans & More
Danni’s New Orleans’ inspection report showed inspectors found the owner was preparing food for the eatery at her own home. The inspector indicated that needed to stop immediately and all food served must be prepared at the restaurant. The food the inspector found had been prepped at home was individually-bagged raw chicken. The inspector also found that the staff was not preparing or retaining the rice correctly. It was found to be holding at a temperature of 67 degrees when it should have been 135 degrees. It had also been allowed to cool and then not reheated properly.
Taste of China
Taste of China struggled with properly covering foods. The inspection report noted that several foods were observed in coolers without covers. The won tons were stored in the freezer in the box they came in and food safety rules say they must be stored in a “smooth, non-absorbent, easily cleanable container,” the report said. Also the raw chicken was stored above the mushrooms in the reach-in cooler. The inspector also observed several meats thawing at room temperature.
7 Store was found to be selling ice with an expired license. The license expired in October. The report also noted that a package of frozen biscuits was uncovered in the freezer and a bag of sugar in the cabinet was not properly labeled. One food handler was observed handling food without washing her hands before putting on new gloves. The inspector also found several items not related to the store’s business in the kitchen, including golf clubs, shoes, electronics and old ceiling tiles.
“The establishment is observed as being someone’s home and not a proper food establishment store,” the report noted.
The owner was given until Feb. 23 to clean out the stuff that is not related to conducting business.
The following establishments received a “B” rating on their most recent inspections:
Diamond Food Market, 238 S. Preston Street, in Van Alstyne;
Gourmet China, 4909 Texoma Parkway, in Sherman;
Express Food Mart, 820 East Lamar, in Sherman;
Allsup’s Convenience Store, 901 Hwy. 377, in Whitesboro;
La Cina Authentic Mexican Grill & Cantina, 21 FM 3556, in Van Alstyne;
Rock Creek Gold Club, 219 Club House Dr., in Gordonville;
Seeds Sliders Mobile, 201 N. D Street, in Whitesboro;
Smoky G’s, 881 W. Van Alstyne Parkway, in Van Alstyne;
Wanna Burger, 706 W. Houston, in Sherman;
Jafar’s Mediterranean Grill, 240 E. Marshall, in Van Alstyne.
The following establishments received an “A” grade on their most recent inspection:
Catfish Haven, 24059 U.S. Highway 377, in Whitesboro;
Chrystal Opry House, 1977 White Mound Road, in Sherman;
Pelican’s Landing, 500 Harbour View Road, in Gordonville;
Feast on This, 1403 Houston, in Sherman;
Jalapeno’s, 946 W. Van Alstyne Pkwy, in Van Alstyne;
Perrin Learning Center, 81 Vanderburg Dr., in Denison;
Stillwaters Farm, 400 Majors, in Van Alstyne;
Wee School FUMC, 303 S. Preston Street, in Van Alstyne;
Asian Gourmet, 810 N. Union Street, in Whitesboro;
La Hacienda Mexican Grill, 2400 East Hwy. 82, in Whitesboro;a
Cheddar’s Cafe, 3300 Hwy. 75, in Sherman;
Lil Cubz Christian Preschool, 23343 Hwy. 82, in Sherman;
Donut Place, 430 S. Armstrong Ave., in Denison;
MAK Mini Mart, 3325 S. Woodlawn, in Denison;
Rock Creek Resort Marina, 1464 Marina Road, in Gordonville;
Milano’s Pizza, 1464 N. Pecan Hwy., in Bells;
Pizza Hut of Whitesboro, 100 E. Hwy. 82, in Whitesboro;
Sandusky Store, 25524 Hwy. 377 N., in Whitesboro;
Grayson College Cafeteria, 6101 Grayson Drive, in Denison;
Grayson County Juvenile, 1602 E. Lamar St., in Sherman.
Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital, 360 N. Calais Dr., in Sherman;
Books-A-Million, 3404 Town Center, in Sherman;
Dollar General, 604 LB Kirby Avenue, in Howe;
Knife & Wisk, 130 Aceson, in Denison;
Renaissance, 3701 Loy Lake Road, in Sherman;
The Durning House, 245 Van Alstyne Pkwy., in Van Alystne;
Vintina’s Deli, 404 W. Lamar, in Sherman;
Girasoles, 505 Armstrong, in Denison;
Beth Marie’s Ice Cream, 2121 N. FM 1417, in Sherman;
Cowboy Chicken, 3811 N. Hwy. 75, in Sherman;
Frannie’s Deli, 207 Gene Autry Dr., in Tioga;
Little Caesar’s, 2114 Texoma Parkway, in Sherman;
Medina’s, 205 Gene Autry Dr., in Tioga;
Teriyaki Jar, 114 Wood Street, in Sherman;
Texas Oasis, 228 S. Ray Roberts Pkwy., in Tioga;
Tuck Street Early Education Center, 2111 E. Tuck Street, in Sherman;
HBLA Child Care, 2218 W. Morton, in Sherman.