Plaza Bonita was among five Maricopa restaurants that had temporary problems with cold-holding.

Five Maricopa eateries had to fix issues in the latest round of health inspections by the Pinal County Health Department. However, the city’s three big supermarkets passed with flying colors and were among 19 receiving excellent scores.

The five marked “satisfactory” all had trouble with properly cooling food. Cilantro’s was nicked for not having proper hot and cold holding temperatures, employees drinking from cups with no lids, undated food in the refrigerator and improper storage of utensils. Great Wall’s infractions were not having food protection manager certification, uncovered food in the refrigerator and freezer, a refrigerator without proper cold-holding temperature, unlabeled food, food items stored in grocery bags and food debris in refrigerator prep table pans and doors. Plaza Bonita also had a prep table with improper cold-holding temperature and a bathroom trash can without a lid. Tacos ‘n’ More was cited for improper cooling time and temperature. The New HQ received ticks for having no food handler cards or food manager cards available, improper cooling temperatures and having bowls and ladles mixed in with uncooked dry goods.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Bashas’ – Bakery
Bashas’ Deli
Bashas’ – Starbucks
Carl’s Jr.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Firehouse Subs
Fry’s Marketplace
Fry’s Marketplace – Bakery
Fry’s Marketplace – Deli
Fry’s Marketplace – Starbucks
Fry’s Marketplace – Sushi
Jack in the Box
Native Grill & Wings
Taco Bell
Walmart – Bakery
Walmart – Deli
Walmart – McDonald’s

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
Cilantro’s Mexican Cocina
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
Plaza Bonita
Tacos ‘n’ More
The New HQ

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT [Critical item noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately, requiring follow-up inspection]

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of operations]

This article appeared in the September issue of InMaricopa.