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Mexican restaurant has violations dating back six years

Mexican restaurant has violations dating back six years

By Courtny Gerrish. CREATED Aug 8, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 8, 2013

The restaurant is Taqueria Arandas on South 15th Place and West Lincoln Avenue.  Health inspectors keep finding the same problems at this place, dating back to 2007.  Things like employees touching customer's food with bare hands.  This time it was tomatoes.

There were food temperature issues as well, including a pan of BBQ pork sitting out at room temperature, and pork skins that should be at 41 degrees or colder.  We asked for the owner to find out why a pot of cooked chicken was sitting on a dirty kitchen floor, and why breaded meat, hanging outside a cooler, was resting against that cooler's dirty door.
A bin used to store bread was dirty, and so was the container holding shredded lettuce.  The owner, reportedly, was not there. We tried to leave a message for him and were told "no."
Taqueria Arandas was fined by the health department for flies in the food prep area.  The screen on a back door was ripped; it was propped open when we stopped by.  Also, both the knife holder and knives have old food debris stuck to them.  
Also "dirty" this week, a buffet place we told you about in July still has not cleaned things up.  Best Buffet on the far northwest side is on its second re-inspection.
Keeping things clean on its latest inspection: The Chinese Chef on Appleton near Congress.
Courtny Gerrish

Courtny Gerrish

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Courtny Gerrish started at TODAY'S TMJ4 on March 13, 2006. A graduate of Indiana University, Courtny first called Evanston, Illinois home.