Chicken should be at 165 degrees before serving.

New year, new food inspections.

The New Year brought inspection reports that kept rodent droppings, fried chicken in cardboard boxes, and dirty kitchen utensils.

Ten food companies in Corpus Christi scored less than 90 points, and more than 60 received perfect results.

Here are the best and worst food inspection results for January 2020.

La Mexicana Bakery & Tortilla Factory, 6337 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi: The restaurant was inspected on Jan. 28 and received an 84th Inspectors found pie pans stacked on top of each other, staff had to wash their hands or wear gloves after assignments, and chemical sprays were found near food, reports show. The hand basin only had to be used for hand washing, food had to be covered at all times and areas behind the devices had to be cleaned. Records show that this was the first inspection of the restaurant.

Hunan Express, 5502 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi: The restaurant was inspected on Jan. 3 and was given an 85. Inspectors found chicken at unsuitable temperatures, chicken required refrigeration and fried chicken was stored in cardboard boxes, reports show. Employees had to wash their hands after wiping them on an apron, and employees had to wear hair clips. The restaurant was inspected in August 2019 and received a 99.

China Bear, 10514 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi: The buffet was inspected on Jan. 17 and received an 86. Inspectors found a rodent fell, a dirty ice machine, and food stored on the bottom of the fridge and freezer, reports show. The floor near the drinks station needed cleaning and the vents in the kitchen area were dirty. The buffet received an 89 in October 2019 and a 90 in February 2019.

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Taqueria Jalisco, 5322 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi: The restaurant was inspected on Jan. 13 and received an 87th inspection. Inspectors found raw meat stored over vegetables, chemicals stored near food and deep fryers at inappropriate temperatures, reports show. Food had to be dated, wipes were stored improperly, and plates were used to serve food. The restaurant was inspected in July 2019 and received a 90.

Third Coast Park Sports & Spirits, 6201 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi: The restaurant was inspected on Jan. 13 and received an 87th inspection report found dirty microwave ovens, ice machines and chemical sprays near deep fryers, reports show. A certified grocery manager was needed, the hand basin was too far from the prep area, and there was a lack of soap and towels nearby. The restaurant was inspected in November 2018 and received a 96.

Brookdale Corpus Christi, 6410 Meadowvista Boulevard, Corpus Christi: The senior community was inspected on Jan. 10 and received an 88. Inspectors found expired products in a cooler and dirty microwave, can opener and utensils, reports show. In September 2018, the living community received a 92.

La Quinta Inn, 14430 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi: The hotel was inspected on Jan. 29 and received an 88th inspectors found debris from shelves in a cooler, insect killer near the utensil sink, and no valid food manager card, reports show. The employees also needed ration cards. The hotel was inspected in August 2019 and received a 92.

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Taqueria Mexico Lindo, 6601 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi: The restaurant was inspected on Jan. 7 and was given an 89. Inspectors found raw meat stored over cooked meat or vegetables, the dishwasher was not properly sanitized, and spray bottles were near food, reports show. Employees wearing hair clips and wiping towels were improperly stored. The restaurant received a 96 last year.

Alamo Drafthouse, 7601 S. Staples Street, Corpus Christi: The dine-in was inspected on Jan. 15 and received an 89th chicken stored at improper temperatures, the dishwasher disinfected at improper temperatures, and chemical spray bottles stored near food, inspection reports show. Last year the theater scored a 98.

Corpus Christi County Club, 6300 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi: The club was inspected on Jan. 22 and received an 89. Dishes needed to be washed thoroughly, spray bottles were stored near food, and food had to be dated, reports show. The club received a 92nd in July 2018.

Perfect result

Restaurant inspectors visit restaurants at least twice a year to ensure that food handling and cooking conditions are safe.

  • Banquete ISD High School Commons Concession Booth, 4339 4th St., Banquete
  • BCFS Health and Human Services, 2547 US Highway 77, Driscoll
  • Big Bowl BBQ, 6410 Weber Road Suite 19, Corpus Christi
  • Bill Miller Bar-B-Que, 3942 US Highway 77, Corpus Christi
  • Bishop CISD High School, 100 Badger Lane, Bishop
  • Bowlero Corpus Christi, 6116 Ayers St., Corpus Christi
  • Browne Middle School, 4301 Schanen Blvd., Corpus Christi
  • Calallen After School Care, 13122 Interstate Highway 37, Corpus Christi
  • Calallen High School Basketball License, 4205 Wildcat Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Kaffie Middle School concession booth, 5922 Brockhampton St., Corpus Christi
  • China Garden, 4101 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Cindy’s Sugar Tooth Booth, 2833 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
  • County K, 5202 Interstate Highway 37; 9401 Up River Road, Corpus Christi
  • Club Estates Elementary School, 5222 Merganser Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Coastal Bend Detention Center, 2826 Farm-To-Market Road 4909, Robstown
  • Cool Me Down Snowcones, 14617 Northwest Blvd., Corpus Christi
  • Domino’s Pizza, 3812 S. Staples St. Suite B, Corpus Christi
  • Dr. JA Garcia Elementary School, 1945 Gollihar Road, Corpus Christi
  • Eddie’s Bakery Restaurant, 4810 Kostoryz Road, Corpus Christi
  • Fannin Elementary School, 2730 Gollihar Road, Corpus Christi
  • Angelloch Cafe, 5628 Williams Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Fit and Diet, 1521 S. Port Ave., Corpus Christi
  • Gollihar Neighborhood Center, 3333 Gollihar Road, Corpus Christi
  • Grandma’s Snow Cone, 116 E. Main Street, Bishop
  • Hamlin Middle School, 3900 Hamlin Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Harold T. Branch High School, 3902 Morgan Ave., Corpus Christi
  • Hawaii Poke and Ramen, 4002 S. Padre Island Drive Suite 108, Corpus Christi
  • KDubs, mobile food truck
  • King High School, 5225 Gollihar Road, Corpus Christi
  • Kostoryz Elementary School, 3602 Panama Drive, Corpus Christi
  • La Mala Taquitos, 749 Horne Road, Corpus Christi
  • Little Caesars, 4208 Ayers St., Corpus Christi
  • Lucky Panda Chinese Restaurant, 10501 Leopard St. Suite E, Corpus Christi
  • Mary Helen Berlanga Elementary School, 4120 Carroll Lane, Corpus Christi
  • Meadowbrook Elementary School, 901 Meadowbrook Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Murphy Express, 6625 Saratoga Blvd., Corpus Christi
  • Nueces County Community Services, State Highway 44 and 4th St., Banquete
  • Our Lady of Eternal Help, 5814 Williams Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Paletera La Cabana, 9802 Leopard St., Corpus Christi
  • Papa John’s Pizza, 2701 Morgan Ave .; 522 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi
  • Phat Keto Co. 3741 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi
  • Rebel Toad Brewing Co., 425 William St., Corpus Christi
  • Rock’s Discount Vitamins -N- More, 13517 Northwest Blvd., Corpus Christi
  • Roosevelt Bar & Grill, 200 E. Cotter Ave., Port Aransas
  • Sam Houston Elementary School, 363 Norton St., Corpus Christi
  • Schanen Elementary School, 5717 Killarmet Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Schlotzsky’s, 4218 Alameda St., Corpus Christi
  • Science and Technology School, 6633 Evans Road, Corpus Christi
  • Spec’s, 5625 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
  • St. Andrews by the Sea, 14238 Encantada Ave., Corpus Christi
  • St. Mark Episcopal Church, 2727 Airline Road, Corpus Christi
  • St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2233 Waldron Road, Corpus Christi
  • St. Peter Rectory, 3901 Violet Road, Corpus Christi
  • Subway, 4117 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi
  • Taco Bell, 11328 Leopard St., Corpus Christi
  • Taqueria Jalisco, 5813 Weber Road, Corpus Christi
  • Thai Orchid, 4501 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
  • The Pelican Lounge, 14330 S. Padre Island Drive Suite B, Corpus Christi
  • Tower of Pizza, 14902 Trinity River Road, Corpus Christi
  • Whataburger, 510 Texan Trail; 4126 S. Staples Street, Corpus Christi
  • Wings Plus, 6410 Weber Road No. 5, Corpus Christi
  • Yeager Elementary School, 5414 Tripoli Drive, Corpus Christi
  • Yorktown Baptist Church, 5025 Yorktown Blvd., Corpus Christi

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