Two restaurants came within two points of being shut down by the Southern Nevada Health District after routine inspections.
TC’s World Famous Rib Crib, the barbecue restaurant at 3655 S. Durango Drive, earned a 39-demerit C grade after an inspection on May 6.
Inspectors found expired buttermilk, mold in the ice machine, and ribs, sweet potato pies, and refried beans held at unsafe temperatures. The kitchen had “heavy dirt, grease and old food debris throughout the kitchen, especially under and behind equipment and on the hot line,” according to KTNV. Everything from the walls and floors, ceilings and drains, needed to be cleaned. The hood filters and catch pan had heavy grease buildup. And a can opener blade, meat slicer and utensils in clean storage had dried food on them. Additionally, one food handler had a counterfeit health card and the chef’s health card expired.
As of May 24, the restaurant still has a C grade.
Urban Crawfish, the Cajun seafood restaurant at 4821 Spring Mountain Road, also earned a 39-demerit C grade on May 7. Inspectors found sausages, cooked corn, cooked red potatoes, and garlic butter held at unsafe temperatures, no sanitizer on the wash clothes, and more during the routine inspection. The restaurant earned a zero-demerit A grade on May 9.
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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