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Phoenix Restaurant Inspection Failures - Beware!

Restaurants With Poor Inspection Results in November 2012


One of our worst offenders in November had a violation noted by the inspector that included the following: "Observed box of rotting tomatoes in walk-in beer cooler." and "Observed many ready to eat food items in walk in refrigerator with dates that had passed their seven day expiration;" among others.

This list represents those restaurants (not schools, caterers, corporate cafeterias, bakeries or other food processing businesses) that had five or more Risk Factor violations -- those that are considered a risk for foodborne illness -- during their last inspection. A restaurant that had that many Risk Factors noted would be one that I'd avoid, at least until they had subsequent inspections showing more understanding of safe food preparation standards and concern for their patrons.

Here is the list of those restaurants in Maricopa County which had five or more Risk Factor Violations, with the worst at the top of the list. After you peruse the worst, please take a look at the many Phoenix area restaurants that achieved perfect inspections during the month of November 2012. Those are arranged by zip code, for your convenience. They deserve our support and our business.

Restaurants With Worst Health Department Inspection Results For November 2012

Business Name Address City Zip Risk Factor Violations
Thunderbird Roadhouse 3549 W Thunderbird Rd  Phoenix 85053 9
Sonora Mexican Food & Panaderia 4333 W Thomas Rd  Phoenix 85031 8
Filiberto's Mexican Food 531 E Southern Ave  Mesa 85204 7
Eastwind Chandler 58 W Buffalo St Chandler 85225 7
Sushi Ave 866 N Higley Rd Gilbert 85234 6
El Manantial 5950 W Mcdowell Rd Phoenix 85035 6
Paprika 7116 E Mercer Ln Scottsdale 85254 6
Sushi Kee 6825 E Main St  Mesa 85207 6
Gus's New York Pizza 2015 N Power Rd Mesa 85215 6
Pacific Gardens 4747 E Elliot Rd Phoenix 85044 6
Planet Smoothie Cafe  444 W Main St Mesa 85201 6
Wy-Knot-Cafe 2325 N 7th St  Phoenix 85006 6
Pachanga Disco Bar 4434 N 19th Ave  Phoenix 85015 5
SAL'S PIZZA 922 E APACHE Blvd TEMPE 85281 5
Wing Stop 5905 W Chandler Blvd Chandler 85226 5
Pink Pepper Thai Cuisine 1941 W Guadalupe Rd Mesa 85202 5
La Parrilla Suiza 1622 S Stapley Dr  Mesa 85204 5
Rt O'sullivans 5830 W Bell Rd  Glendale 85308 5
Pho Chandler Vietnamese Cuisine 4055 S Arizona Ave Chandler 85248 5
Smashburger 5870 W Thunderbird Rd Glendale 85306 5
Devils Pizza Factory 920 E University Dr Tempe 85281 5
Garcia's Las Avenidas 2212 N 35th Ave  Phoenix 85009 5
Mike's Deserama Cafe 7145 E Main St  Mesa 85207 5
Cactus Moon Sports Grill 1017 N Dobson Rd Mesa 85201 5
Gelato Dolce Vita 5251 E Brown Rd Mesa 85205 5
Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar  9330 W Northern Ave  Peoria 85345 5
Thai House 6949 E Shea Blvd Scottsdale 85254 5
Carrabba's Italian Grill 5646 W Bell Rd  Glendale 85308 5
Geno's Cheesesteaks & Deli 1464 E Williams Field Rd Gilbert 85295 5
Lux | Central 4402 N Central Ave Phoenix 85013 5
Jimmy Johns 1730 W Southern Ave  Mesa 85202 5
Eastwind 13637 N Tatum Blvd Phoenix 85032 5
Sakana Sushi 1853 S Power Rd Mesa 85206 5
The Mediterreanan Grill 14880 N Northsight Blvd Scottsdale 85260 5
Coco's Con Camaron 3401 W Van Buren St  Phoenix 85009 5
Einstein Bros Bagels #3521 1447 E Williams Field Rd  Gilbert 85295 5
Ocho Locos Mexican Restaurant 3655 W Anthem Way  Anthem 85086 5
Halo Halo Kitchen 3553 W Dunlap Ave  Phoenix 85051 5

 If you want to see the details about the inspections for any of these restaurants, visit Maricopa County Environmental Services online.

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