Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- You've probably heard the saying, "Don't sweat the small stuff," but that doesn't apply to restaurants.
As Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears reports, the little details can add up to big demerits when it comes to Dirty Dining.
AAA for restaurants usually comes with a diamond rating. But this time it comes with demerits, 38 of them, for China AAA on Maryland Parkway and Silverado Ranch.
Usually it takes more than 40 demerits for the health district to shut a restaurant down, but China AAA had an imminent health hazard.
"Health inspectors found that your water wasn't hot enough and that's a big danger. What was going on with your water?" Darcy Spears asked.
"Yeah, that day, usually we have the hot water all the time and I don't know, that day, the button, it's not working," answered Tracy Lin, the person in charge.
Inspectors also watched an employee wipe their hands on a towel instead of washing them. They were using a pie tin to scoop raw meat, and an employee's open beverage was literally sitting on the grill.
There was also a problem with temperatures, from a garlic and oil mixture to raw chicken.
"After that inspection we talk about it and then we change it, the temperature of everything, and keep everything safe right now," explained Lin.
When she took us back into the kitchen, we found raw shrimp thawing at room temperature, which is just what they were written up for with the raw chicken.
"We're going to pack and then put it in the refrigerator," said Lin, after we pointed it out.
Inspectors found barbecued pork being improperly cooled. Guess what we found sitting behind a rice cooker? Barbecued pork. Lin said it's been taken out to defrost.
"Is that normally where you defrost stuff? Back here?" asked Darcy.
"Uh no," answered Lin.
Health inspectors found a bucket of sauce sitting uncovered by the back door. Several potentially hazardous foods in the walk-in cooler were not date-labeled.
"Yeah, we all change it right now, so things going to change," said Lin.
On to Teriyaki Madness on South Stephanie in Henderson. It was also shut down for having no hot water. But it also got 32 demerits, coming in a close second to China AAA.
At Teriyaki Madness, health inspectors noted multiple foods at unsafe temperatures, utensils stored in dirty ice water, and mold in the ice machine and on the soda nozzles.
China AAA was reinspected the day after they were shut down.
They reopened with a five-demerit "A" grade.
Teriyaki Madness was also only shut down for a day.
They now have a three-demerit "A."