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During the May inspections, cockroaches, mosquitos and a dirty microwave were found in a Mexican restaurant.

Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District inspectors found corroded equipment, dirty ice machines and missing valid permits at several restaurants in Corpus Christi.

The worst inspection results all came from companies in Corpus Christi, inspection reports show. Three of the worst inspections came from Mexican restaurants.

Johnny’s Takeout, 521 Old Robstown Road, Corpus Christi: The quick stop restaurant was inspected on May 1 and received a 79th inspection. Inspectors found flies, black debris around soda fountains and corroded grill shelves, reports show. Heavy lint was found on a fan, loose debris was found on the ceiling, and employees were forced to wear hair clips. The walk-in cooler was the wrong temperature, sewage was found in the back door area and food had to be dated, reports show.

La Playa by the Bay, 227 North Water St., Corpus Christi: The downtown restaurant was inspected on May 1 and was given a 77. The cooler was at an unsuitable temperature, holes in the ice machine and heavy food debris were found on the shelves of a cooler, reports show. Food was found on the floor, improper drainage was found in the sink area, and a sewer odor came from the drain. A build-up of dirt was also found on the ceiling.

Mexican Café La Playa, 7118 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi: The restaurant was inspected on May 8 and received 80. Inspectors found mosquitos and cockroaches, dirty microwaves and walls, and an expired permit, reports show. The meat was thawed in a tub of water, no licensed grocery manager was on duty, and repairs needed to be done throughout the building. The last inspection of the restaurant in January gave a score of 77.

Ol ‘Steakhouse Co., 4307 Avalon St., Corpus Christi: The steakhouse was inspected on May 23 and received an 86th inspection. Inspectors found cockroaches, chemicals stored near food, and meat stored in a cooler at inappropriate temperatures, reports show. Bar glasses had to be cleaned, employees had to wear hair clips and spices had to be covered. Meat has reportedly been thawed at room temperature.

Thai Spice Restaurant, 523 N. Water St., Corpus Christi: The restaurant was inspected on May 28 and was given an 85. Inspectors found an invalid grocery manager card, grocer card and health permit, reports show. The shelves in the walk-in cooler needed cleaning, the ice machine needed cleaning, and debris was found on a fan grill guard and ceiling vents.

Hermano Solis Restaurant No. 2, 470 Old Robstown Road, Corpus Christi: The Mexican restaurant was inspected on May 9 and received a score of 89. Inspectors found cockroaches, corrosion in the ice machine and a dirty microwave, reports show. Heavy lint was found on the ceiling slots and staff needed valid grocery cards.

Perfect results

A Public Health Inspector II of the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District inspects a restaurant in Corpus Christi.

  • Agua Dulce School cafeteria, 1 Longhorn Drive, Agua Dulce
  • Asian Cafe, 2233 Airline Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Aunt Sissy’s Kitchen, 14254 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Baker Middle School, 3445 Pecan St., Corpus Christi
  • Baskin-Robbins 31 Ice Cream Parlor, 4701-H S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Big Lots, 4938 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi
  • Bourbon Street / Cristal Lounge, 315 N. Chaparral St., Corpus Christi
  • Calallen High School Cafeteria, 4205 Wildcat Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Child Rearing, Inc., 4529 Weber Road, Corpus Christi
  • Club Estates Elementary School, 5222 Merganser Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Collegiate High School, 101 Baldwin Boulevard, Corpus Christi
  • Cunningham Middle School, 4321 Prescott St., Corpus Christi
  • Dollar General, 2701 Waldron Road, 2978 Holly Road, 831 Airline Road, Corpus Christi
  • Dollar Tree, 10241 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
  • El Buen Amaya No. 2, 3154 Morgan Avenue, Corpus Christi
  • Ella Barnes Elementary School, 2829 Oso Parkway, Corpus Christi
  • Elliott Grant Middle School, 4350 Aaron Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Enchanted Children’s Academy, 6229 Kostoryz Road, Corpus Christi
  • Fannin Elementary School, 2730 Gollihar Road, Corpus Christi
  • Fired up Nutrition, 10501 Leopard St. Suite C-2, Corpus Christi
  • Funtrackers Raceway Cafe, 9605 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Grandma’s Snow Cone, 116 E. Main St., Bishop
  • Hilltop Community Center, 11425 Leopard St., Corpus Christi
  • House of the Rock, 511 Starr St., Corpus Christi
  • Jimmy Johns, 3235 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi
  • Joe Garza Community Center, 3204 Highland Avenue, Corpus Christi
  • Liquid Town, 4141 S. Alameda St., Corpus Chrisiti
  • Little Manila House Lumpia, 2124 Waldron Road, Corpus Christi
  • Los Encinos Primary School, 1826 Frio St., Corpus Christi
  • Molina Neighborhood Center, 614 Horne Road, Corpus Christi
  • Barbacoa & More by Mrs. B., 5002 Bonner Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Northwest Seniors Center at 9725 Up River Road, Corpus Christi
  • P&E Donuts, 3138 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Pittmans Qwick Mart, 4249 McArdle Road, Corpus Christi
  • Ray High School, 1002 Texasn Trail, Corpus Christi
  • Speedy’s Snacks, 2001 Horne Road, Corpus Christi
  • Stripes Store, 7526 McArdle Road, Corpus Christi
  • Sunrise Vending, 455 Airport Road, Corpus Christi
  • Taqueria Almeida No. 3, 622 NAS Drive, Corpus Christi
  • TG Allen Elementary School, 2002 Elizabeth St., Corpus Christi
  • Voodoo Lounge, 317 N. Chaparral St., Corpus Christi
  • Walgreen’s, 5702 Weber Road, Corpus Christi
  • WB Liqueurs and Wine, 3237 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi
  • Whataburger, 7702 S. Padre Island Drive, 4126 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi

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