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Restaurant Inspectons: Five Guys and Balkan Grill

The most recently available restaurant inspection reports from Oct. 5-23 in the Greater Alexandria area.

From Oct. 9-23, quite a few restaurants along the Route 1 corridor were inspected. For prior restaurant inspection reports, click here.

In Virginia, restaurant inspection reports aren't quite as simple as getting a letter grade or an easy to see number rating to post in the front window.

That said, we all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation. Inspectors grade restaurants based on critical and non-critical violations.

A "critical violation" is one that "poses a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served." Non-critical violations are generally related to cleaning or maintenance.

"Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to Virginia Department of Health's website.

The site continues: "Keep in mind that any inspection report is a 'snapshot' of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment."

Below, find the latest restaurant inspection from the Virginia Department of Health. These inspections reflect visits from inspectors during the last few weeks. Some of the violations were corrected immediately during the recent inspections.

The full reports can be accessed on the health department's website.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries
7622 Richmond Hwy
Date of inspection: Oct. 23
Critical (corrected during inspection): Raw animal food holding in a manner that may cause cross contamination of ready-to-eat food as follows: raw ground beef stored beside hot dogs inside of walk-in cooler.

5 Ten Foodmart Restaurant
8339 Richmond Highway
Date of inspection: Oct. 19
No violations were found during the inspection.

Elsie’s Magic Skillet
8166 Richmond Highway
Date of inspection: Oct. 19
Critical (corrected during inspection): The raw animal food on display is stored in a manner that may cause cross contamination of ready-to-eat food as follows.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Food items were found hot holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Food items were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device.
Critical: The person in charge failed to state the minimum cook temperatures and times for potentially hazardous food.

McDonald’s
7614 Richmond Hwy
Date of inspection: Oct. 18
Non-critical (corrected during inspection): Observed the handsink located by the pie oven being used to dump food down the drain.
Non-critical (corrected during inspection): Observed that paper towels were not provided at the handwashing sink located by the pie ovens.
Non-critical: The door gaskets of the pass thru refrigerator are missing or damaged.

Chevys Fresh Mex of Mount Vernon
7732-E Richmond Highway
Date of inspection: Oct. 17
Critical (corrected during inspection): Different types of raw animal foods stored in such a manner that may cause cross contamination.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Equipment/utensils were observed soiled to sight and touch.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Due to improper operation of the hot water, mechanical warewashing machine, the thermolabel did not turn black, indicating that food-contact surfaces of equipment and utensils are not being adequately sanitized.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Food items were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Some refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food that is prepared on site is not used or discarded within 24 hours of preparation and was not observed to be date marked.
Non-critical (corrected during inspection): Observed the handsink located by hot water heater closet is being used to dump food.
Non-critical: Plastic and stainless steel food storage were found stacked while wet after cleaning and chemical sanitization.
Non-critical: The nonfood-contact surfaces of some equipment were observed soiled with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, and/or other debris.
Non-critical: Observed that the dishmachine in bar area and reach-in cooler in bar area are broken and observed not working. Hood filters were observed missing and is not maintained in good repair.
Non-critical: Absence of no-smoking signs or international no-smoking signs in non-smoking area.

Roy Rogers
8860 Richmond Hwy
Date of inspection: Oct. 17
Critical (corrected during inspection): Working containers of poisonous and toxic materials are not properly labeled with a common name.
Non-critical: Observed the handsink at the front line being used as a dumping station.

Balkan Grill
5902A N Kings Hwy
Date of inspection: Oct. 16
Critical (corrected during inspection): Open drinking containers stored in a manner that may contaminate food, food contact surfaces or utensils.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Some refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food that is prepared on site is not used or discarded within 24 hours of preparation and was not observed to be date marked.
Critical: The person in charge failed to state the minimum cook temperatures and times for potentially hazardous food
Non-critical: Food stored on the floor and/or food stored less than 6 inches off the floor inside of walk-in cooler.
Non-critical: The nonfood-contact surfaces of some equipment were observed soiled with accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, and/or other debris.
Non-critical: Absence of no-smoking signs or international no-smoking signs in non-smoking area.

TGI Friday’s
6640 Richmond Highway
Date of inspection: Oct. 15
Critical (corrected during inspection): Equipment/utensils were observed soiled to sight and touch
Critical (corrected during inspection): Food items were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device
Critical: One or more of the elements of an effective employee health policy is either missing or incomplete. A complete employee health policy is required to be in place at the food establishment.

Juliano’s
5950 Richmond Highway
Date of inspection: Oct. 9
Critical (corrected during inspection): Open drinking containers stored in a manner that may contaminate food, food contact surfaces or utensils.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Raw animal food holding in a manner that may cause cross contamination of ready-to-eat food.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food that is prepared on site is not used or discarded within 24 hours of preparation and was not observed to be date marked.
Critical (corrected during inspection): Working containers of poisonous and toxic materials are not properly labeled with a common name.
Non-critical: The certified food manager could not provide a small diameter food temperature measuring device.
Non-critical: There was no temperature measuring device located in cold or hot holding equipment.
Non-critical: Food stored on the floor and/or food stored less than 6 inches off the floor inside of walk-in freezer.
Non-critical: The door gaskets of the salad prep unit across from oven are missing or damaged.
Non-critical: Absence of no-smoking signs or international no-smoking signs in non-smoking area.
Non-critical (corrected during inspection): Wet wiping cloths used for wiping counters and other equipment surfaces were observed stored on the counter.

Glenda Gail "for Rail" Parker November 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Thanks so much for this story!
PD Schriver November 02, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Hmmmm, Food Nazis? It almost seems larger nationally owned restaurants get a lot less scrutiny, then small businesses. Don't get me wrong, I love the new crack down on health inspection restaurants, but, they must be non biased. Peace

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