Popular malls, restaurants hit the Dirty Dining list

Spots in Dadeland, other malls ordered shut

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter
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MIAMI - On a personal note, I stopped eating Chinese food after doing Dirty Dining stories. However, when I need that Lo Mein "fix," Pei Wei has always been my go-to spot.

Pei Wei always seemed to be cleaner than the others and you can see into the kitchen.

Well, to my surprise, there is a Pei Wei on this week's Dirty Dining list.

A state health inspector found a roach issue at one South Florida location that was based upon a complaint. Disappointing.

Cajun Grill and Haagen-Dazs in the Dadeland Mall, as well as the Macy's Taste Bar in The Falls were all ordered shut by inspectors last week.

Below is a list of places and some of their violations.

All the places mentioned were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean up and re-inspection.

PEI WEI FRESH KITCHEN
1730 NORTH FEDERAL HIGHWAY
FORT LAUDERDALE

ORDERED SHUT 11/30/16
INSPECTION BASED ON  COMPLAINT
10 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 2 live roaches in paper towel stack at the entrance to cook line, hand wash sink 2 live roaches inside plastic bag bin under hand wash sink at entrance to kitchen. 4 live roaches under dish machine on floor and wall. 1 live on the floor under the shelf the dry storage. 1 live on the wall behind the water heater."

"Dead roaches on premises. 2 dead on shelf space by the west hand wash sink on the cook line. 8 dead roaches in cabinet with paper napkins in wait area, open underneath to cook line. 3 dead on the flood under the shelf in dry storage. 1 dead on the floor behind the water softener. Manager removed all dead roaches."

"Floor drains/drain covers heavily soiled with a slime substance and debris at cook line."

Pei Wei released a statement to Local 10 News. 

"Cleanliness and food safety are our top priorities to ensure a healthy environment for our employees and guests," Pei Wei regional Vice President Joe Webb said. "This location has typically received excellent health scores. When we learned of the issue, we took extreme steps to correct the problem, including a 12-hour deep clean of the restaurant and additional maintenance to ensure the issue is resolved." 

MACY'S TASTE BAR
THE FALLS
9100 SW 136TH STREET
MIAMI

ORDERED SHUT 12/2/16
6 VIOLATIONS

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 13 live roaches,( approximately 10 live on the floor underneath the food prep make table, front counter area, 2 live on the wall at the soda syrup dispenser area in the kitchen and 1 live in the storage room on the wall."

"Roach excrement and/or droppings present. On the wall and power cords behind the food prep make table at the front counter, also on walls near soda syrup dispensing area."

"As a public building where many people visit to shop and dine, Macy's conducts facilities maintenance procedures including pest control," Macy's spokeswoman Melissa Goff said in a statement. "We use pest control experts who inspect our stores, offices and cafes. Occasionally, despite our best efforts, we identify additional control needs in specific areas. When this occurs, we take action quickly to remedy the situation.  We have complied with all state and local codes and the Taste Bar at Macy's The Falls location was re-opened within 24 hours of the reported incident."

Macy's released a statement to Local 10 News.

"As a public building where many people visit to shop and dine, Macy's conducts facilities maintenance procedures, including pest control," Macy's regional marketing manager Melissa Goff said. "We use pest control experts who inspect our stores, offices and cafes. Occasionally, despite our best efforts, we identify additional control needs in specific areas. When this occurs, we take action quickly to remedy the situation. We have complied with all state and local codes and the Taste Bar at Macy's The Falls location was re-opened within 24 hours of the reported incident."

CHINA APPLE BUFFET

1635 SW 107TH AVENUE

MIAMI

ORDERED SHUT 11/30/16
23 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Roach activity present as evidenced by 10 plus live roaches found around prep table next to sushi station, 10 plus live roaches on prep table next to cook line, 5 plus live roaches inside homemade cardboard knife holder, 5 plus live roaches in wooden shelving in dry storage room."

"Dead roaches on premises."

"Accumulation of encrusted food debris on/around mixer head."

"Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface. Meat grinder."

"Interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue."

"Slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris."

"Gaskets with slimy/mold-like build-up."

"Raw animal food stored above unwashed produce."

HAAGEN-DAZS
7501 SW 88TH STREET(KENDALL DRIVE)
KENDALL

ORDERED SHUT 11/28/16
11 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 4 in coffee area ( front counter hand sink), 2 in shelves(front area)."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 3 dead by front counter hand sink ( coffee area ) , 3 in front counter shelves."

"Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles. Pineapples."

"Food stored on floor. Cases of water, cases of cones."

CAJUN GRILL
DADELAND MALL

ORDERED SHUT 11/28/16
16 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 10 in breaker box in kitchen area and 1 in paper towel dispenser."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 5 dead roaches in kitchen floor by breaker box."

"Soda gun soiled."

"Sanitizer solution in three-compartment sink less than 50 ppm chlorine."

 

 

 

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