Propane bottle on butter, fuzzy growth on bell peppers found at Phoenix-area restaurants

Maricopa County health violations for the week of Aug. 2.
Published: Aug. 2, 2023 at 10:15 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 3, 2023 at 7:41 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Every week, Arizona’s Family looks up restaurants recently inspected by Maricopa County’s Environmental Services Department. Restaurants with some of the highest numbers of “risk factors,” considered major health code violations by inspectors, are selected for our Dirty Dining Report. For more details on the restaurant inspection scoring system, visit Maricopa County’s website.

Here are the Valley restaurants that did not make the grade for August 2, 2023:

Crawfish Café - 28 S. Dobson Road, Mesa

3 violations

  • Black and gray fuzzy growth on bell peppers
  • Buildup of grease and food debris near an ice machine
  • Eggroll filling kept past the discard date

McDonald’s - 3255 S. 48th Street, Tempe

4 violations

  • Propane bottle stored directly on butter
  • Eggs stored over cheese
  • Burritos not cooling properly
  • Cream and butter not held at the proper temperature

Café Morning Buzz - 2540 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

4 violations

  • Employee touching phone then tortillas
  • Worker not washing up
  • Diced potatoes and cheese not date marked
  • Ham and bacon not stored cold enough

Bird Talk Chicken - 960 W. University Drive, Tempe

4 violations

  • Blue, fuzzy organic growth on cheese
  • Eggs stored above the lettuce
  • Sanitizer solution too strong
  • Plumbing not installed properly

Golden Valley - 832 W. Baseline Road, Mesa

5 violations

  • Tubs of chicken stored above produce
  • The dishwasher was not cleaned properly
  • Customer chili oil re-used
  • Cooked chicken and pork were not date marked
  • Cooked shrimp not held at the proper temperature

Dean’s List - Valley restaurants with perfect health inspection scores

Grassrootz Café - 1145 E. Washington S.t, Phoenix

Moose Lodge - 9550 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria

Taco Bell - 7847 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale

Harkins Theaters - 6950 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa

Ray’s Pizza - 14545 W. Grand Ave. #110, Surprise

Bop and Roll - 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix

See all of our Dirty Dining reports here.

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