Aliberto's Mexican Food was among four eateries to corrected issues last month to get satisfactory marks from the county inspector. Photo by William Lange

Of 23 eateries inspected in Maricopa from Dec. 16 to Jan. 15, all received marks of “Excellent” except four. Those four fixed violations on the spot for “Satisfactory” marks.

At Aliberto’s Mexican Restaurant, a cook was observed rolling a burrito with bare hands, items in the prep table were over the required cold-holding temperature of 41 degrees, and there were no date markings on several items in a walk-in refrigerator.

Helen’s Kitchen had a plate of raw, uncovered chicken on top of an uncovered container of beef patties, and some food in the fridge had no date markings.

Maricopa High School had hot dogs being thawed improperly and improper cold-holding for milk containers.

True Grit Tavern had sauce spilled in the walk-in refrigerator, bread next to a puddle of chicken blood, macaroni and cheese at 65 degrees instead of the required hot-holding temperature of 135, unlabeled food items in the fridge, items past their date marking still in the fridge and condensation build-up on containers in freezer.

Excellent [No violations found]
Bashas’ – Bakery
Bashas’ – Deli
Bashas’ – Starbuck’s
Carl’s Jr.
Children’s Learning Adventure Childcare Centers
Chipotle Mexican Grill
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Fry’s Marketplace
Fry’s Marketplace – Bakery
Fry’s Marketplace – Starbuck’s
Fry’s Marketplace – Sushi
Honeycutt Coffee
Maricopa Head Start
Penascos Mexican Restaurant
Wal-Mart – Bakery
Wal-Mart – Deli
Yogurt Jungle

Satisfactory [Violations corrected during inspection]
Aliberto’s Mexican Food
True Grit Tavern
Helen’s Kitchen
Maricopa High School

Needs Improvement [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately, requiring follow-up inspection]

Unacceptable [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of operation]

This article appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.


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