Maricopa County inspectors perform restaurant inspections on food establishments and log violations. Video is courtesy of Maricopa County.

Here are the details on restaurants Maricopa County inspectors cited for four or more priority violations during the week of Aug. 17. 

A priority violation is a major violation that contributes to increasing the risk of foodborne illness or injury. If listed in the reports, remedies implemented during inspections are included.

At the bottom, see a sampling of the restaurants graded as an A for no violations.

6 violations

Empire China Bistro, 7641 E. Guadalupe Rd, Suite 105, Mesa.

  1. Restaurant used an herb in its sauce brought over from China by a family member, rather than an approved food source. | Removed ingredient. 
  2. Noodles on top section of cooler growing mold. | Discarded. 
  3. No chemical sanitizer running through the dishwasher machine.  
  4. Pot with meat left on counter over night at 87 degrees. | Discarded. 
  5. Solution in bucket of bleach too high, considered a toxic substance. | Solution remixed. 
  6. Broken in-reach cooler along the cooking line, eggs and tofu brought to unsanitary temperatures. | Ingredients discarded. 

Pho Lotus Sai Gon Boyz Sandwiches, 835 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert.

  1. Employees handling food with bare hands. | Staff washed hands and put food handler gloves on. 
  2. Knives on holding racks soiled with accumulation of organic debris. | Utensils removed to be scrubbed and sanitized. 
  3. Raw meats were placed over noodles and vegetables. | Relocated to proper place. 
  4. Cooked chicken and pork pans left on counter at too high of a temperature. | Discarded. 
  5. Cooked foods placed in food cooler at temperature danger zones. | Discarded. 
  6. Several ingredients observed to be past discard date. | Discarded. 

4 violations

Rustler’s Rooste, 8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix.

  1. Employee put on gloves to handle food without washing hands. | Manager had employee wash hands. 
  2. Employee handled ready to eat garnish with bare hands. | Discarded. 
  3. Cooked potato skins held in chafer was not under a time control. | Redirected to be placed a until time control. 
  4. No approved back-flow prevention along water stream of mop sink faucet. 

Mariscos Las Islitas, 35th Ave./Van Buren @ 3, Phoenix

  1. Employee wash hands for approximately 10 seconds. | Re-washed for longer time. 
  2. Raw shrimp placed above ready to eat food. | Rearranged. 
  3. Cooked meat placed in too hot of a holding unit. | Owner moved beef. 
  4. Bags of vegetables and shrimp placed in too cold of a holding unit for an extended period of time. | Discarded. 

Grade A restaurants


Mi Patio, 3347 N. 7th Ave.

Brennan’s Pub ’N’ Grub, 3510 E. Bell Rd. Suite 6

Miss Lulu’s, 1111 E. McDowell Rd. 

The Grand Cafe, 718 N. Central Ave.

La Botana Bar & Grille, 4344 W. Indian School Rd. Suite 33

Southeast Valley

Hackett House, 23 W. 4th St., Tempe

Hibachi Grill Super Buffet, 1164 W. Southern Ave., Mesa

Salerno’s Pizza, 3921 E. Guadalupe Rd. Suite 9, Gilbert

Fran’s Kitchen AZ, 2013 E. Cedar St., Tempe

Paz De Cristo, 424 W. Broadway Rd., Mesa


Lucy’s Cafe & Grill, 7678 E. Greenway Rd. Suite 104

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Dr. Suite 110

Al Hamra, 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Suite E-1

Mad Burgers & Sausage, 10320 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 400 B

The Edible Apothecary, 5555 E. Bell Rd. Suite 6

West Valley

Crispy Glazed Donuts, 11345 W. Buckeye Rd. Space A113, Avondale

The Butcher & The Farmer Marketplace, 224 E. Monroe Ave., Buckeye

Graziano’s Pizzeria, 20329 N. 59th Ave. Suite A-9, Glendale

Zheng’s Kitchen, 960 S. Sarival Ave. Suite 116, Goodyear

Richter Aleworks, 8279 W. Lake Pleasant Pwky Space 109-110, Peoria

Source: Maricopa County Environmental Services



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