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Mexican Restaurant, Food Truck Shut Down by the Health Department

One was filthy, the other had no refrigeration

Neon sign that says “health inspected”
Health inspected sign
Bradley Martin

The Southern Nevada Health District shut down Tacos El Compita at 7622 W. Westcliff Drive after a complaint about the cleanliness of the entire restaurant on Oct. 11. Inspectors found dirty tables, floors that needed cleans, dirty air ducts, and a bathroom with a clogged toilet during the survey. Other violations included dusty air ducts above the the food prep area of the kitchen, a hand sink detached from the wall, and graffiti in the bathroom. No hot water in the restaurant meant employees used cold water to wash dirty dishes and their hands after preparing food, an imminent health hazard that immediately closed the restaurant. Tacos El Compita reopened on Oct. 12 with a zero-demerit A grade.

The health department closed Fit Meals 4 U, a healthy meal prep and delivery service food truck, after inspectors found inadequate refrigeration on Oct. 3. Inspectors also said the food truck violated its permit by selling from the truck on the street. Inspectors noted that the food truck only had a permit to deliver food, not operate as a food truck. Other violations included food including cooked turkey and kitchen held at unsafe temperatures. Fit Meals 4 U earned a zero-demerit A grade on Oct. 8.

The health district conducts unannounced inspections at least once a year. Inspections are posted online about five days after the inspection. The Southern Nevada Health District routinely shuts down restaurants that receive more than 40 demerits. Restaurants have the option of requesting a re-inspection before the next scheduled inspection.

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Tacos El Compita

470 Manuel Acuña, Nueva Tijuana, B.C. 22435

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