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Live cockroaches and flies hanging out at the smoothie prep station almost became unwanted protein mix-ins at a Delray Beach smoothie shop, one of six restaurants ordered shut last week by state inspectors.
Other restaurants forced to close included Way Beyond Bagels in Delray Beach, Wings Express and Smoothies in Hollywood, IHOP in Boynton Beach, Mr. Q Crab House in Hollywood and Hacienda El Sol in Oakland Park.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel highlights restaurant inspections in Broward and Palm Beach counties from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We cull through hundreds of restaurant and bar inspections that happen weekly and spotlight places ordered shut for “high-priority violations,” like improper food temperatures or dead cockroaches.
Sun Sentinel readers can browse full Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade county reports on our state inspection map, updated weekly (usually Monday) with fresh data pulled from the Florida DBPR website.
Any restaurant that fails inspections must stay closed until it passes a follow-up state inspection. If you spotted a possible violation and wish to file a complaint, contact Florida DBPR here. (But don’t contact us: The Sun Sentinel doesn’t inspect restaurants.)
Way Beyond Bagels, Delray Beach
Ordered shut: Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, reopened Nov. 6
Why: Inspectors spotted six violations (three high-priority), led by 129 rodent droppings “on lids of flour and salt by the [kitchen] walk-in cooler,” beneath the kitchen grill, underneath the deli case near the front counter and underneath the kitchen’s dishwashing sink. Inspectors also ordered the restaurant to throw out its tuna salad, chicken salad, veggie tuna salad, boiled eggs, Brussels sprouts, salmon salad, nova cream cheese, plain cream cheese and roast beef “due to temperature abuse.” The state kept the bagel shop closed Nov. 6 after their second inspection revealed more rodent droppings and food tainted by “temperature abuse,” but cleared the restaurant to reopen the same day when a third inspection found no violations.
Wings Express and Smoothies, Hollywood
Ordered shut: Nov. 3, reopened Nov. 4
Why: Four violations (one high-priority), including “20 rodent droppings inside an oven on the [kitchen] cook line” and “on the floor behind the griddle.” Inspectors also dinged Wings Express for failing to include a trash can in the women’s bathroom. The state allowed the restaurant to reopen Nov. 4 after finding only a pair of minor violations.
Juiceberry Organic and Natural Food, Boynton Beach
Ordered shut: Nov. 4, reopened Nov. 5
Why: The state discovered 11 violations (five high-priority), led by nine live cockroaches found crawling “on the wall next to handwashing sink” near the front counter’s smoothie prep area, beneath the ice machine at the front counter and on the floor near the kitchen’s walk-in cooler. Inspectors also saw two live flies landing “inside protein container at the … smoothie prep area” and on a “cutting board at” the front counter. Finally, the state saw three dead cockroaches on the storage area floor, beneath the ice machine and “on [the] prep cooler drawer at the front counter.” The restaurant reopened Nov. 5 with zero follow-up issues.
Ordered shut: Nov. 4, reopened Nov. 5
Why: Two violations (one high-priority), including an infestation of 116 live flies in the dishwashing area, “on clean sanitized dishes and drying hooks to the left of ice machine” in the food prep area, on a bottle of floor cleaner and on the wall above the cooking station. (A brief aside here: If inspectors lose count of these flies — they are moving targets, after all — do they start over or start estimating? We’ve always wondered.) Inspectors also noted that no doors separated the dishwashing, storage and cooking areas. The state cleared IHOP to reopen the next day after finding zero new problems.
Mr. Q Crab House, Hollywood
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Ordered shut: Oct. 29, reopened Nov. 4
Why: 12 violations (four high-priority), led by this doozy: “an open bag of rice in the dry storage area that contain weevils.” Naturally, inspectors ordered the restaurant to toss its rice “due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition.” The state also discovered 20 rodent droppings “on the back side of a booth in the dining room” and “on the floor behind a chest freezer” near the kitchen storage rack. These violations kept the restaurant closed six days, and Mr. Q reopened Nov. 4 with only a single minor issue.
Hacienda El Sol Latin Grill, Oakland Park
Ordered shut: Nov. 3, remains closed
Why: 15 violations (three high-priority), including 54 rodent droppings “on shelf in dry storage in kitchen,” on top of the kitchen’s water heater and on the prep table next to the cooking station. Once again, an inspector discovered the women’s bathroom was missing a trash can. They also noticed one employee’s open coffee cup on a prep area cutting board and spotted another employee not wearing a hair restraint. Hacienda remains shut pending a follow-up inspection.