Comments are taken directly from the latest Thurston County inspection reports, which are available at each food establishment and at the Thurston County Environmental Health Office. For questions concerning these reports, contact the health office at 360-867-2667.
Reading inspection scores:
As of May 2013, compliance ratings (percentage scores) will no longer be given due to changes in the state food code. Attention should be given to the type of violation (red versus blue) and whether the restaurant has a history of red violations or repeat violations.
Red violations are those most likely to cause food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately if feasible or according to a compliance schedule established by the health officer. Example: not keeping food at the right temperature.
Blue violations relate to the overall cleanliness and condition of operation and must be corrected according to a compliance schedule established by the health officer. Example: a worn floor that needs replacing.
THAI WAY EXPRESS
Westfield Capital mall, Olympia
Oct. 16: Routine check (0 red; 5 blue)
Comments: Blue — Personal belongings stored on same shelf used to store food. Personal items should be stored away from food.
Westfield Capital mall, Olympia
Oct. 11: Routine check (15 red; 10 blue)
Comments: Red — Reach-in refrigerator was 43 degrees. Cold storage must be 41 degrees or below. Handwash sink not currently working, and no other handwash station is available for use. Blue — Sanitizer bucket had no concentration. Ice bin is causing condensation damage inside the cabinet .
4660 Whitman Lane SE, Lacey
Oct. 14: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)
4640 Whitman Lane SE, Olympia
Oct. 14: Routine check (25 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — “Time as a Control” for cut greens and tomatoes did not have correct times on stickers. Procedures and methods not being followed correctly.
2735 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia
Oct. 10: Routine check (35 red; 22 blue)
Comments: Red — Improper cooling practices: three gallons of oyster sauce was at 145 degrees inside walk-in cooler, and cooked tofu stored in 4-5 inches inside top food prep cooler. Blue — Residential refrigerator/freezer has broken apart inside the freezer door, which no longer provides a cleanable surface. It also needs cleaning. Ice machine needs cleaning. Spray bottles need labels. Large food prep table used to store various vegetables and raw meat is in use but not working. Temperature was at 55-58 degrees. Several food items were left uncovered and not protected. Door seal to food prep table was torn. Meat slicer unclean at bottom of metal slicer where older food residual appears to collect. Hood ventilation over cook’s line is dripping with grease. Hood is overdue for cleaning. General cleaning is needed for most nonfood surfaces. Floors are very filthy with spills and old food residual. Missing several light shields in kitchen.
205 Cleveland Ave., Tumwater
Oct. 8: Routine check (0 red; 17 blue)
Comments: Blue — Egg wash in spray bottle left unmarked and stored inside three-door reach-in. Significant opening in middle of double door in back. Opening needs to be sealed to prevent pest entrance. Several containers of food left uncovered after given time to cool. Back wall behind twocompartment sink is in poor repair and condition.
3959 Martin Way E., Olympia
Oct. 10: Routine check (10 red; 2 blue)
Comments: Red — Handwash sink had paper cup on the handle used for filling steam table. Sink must be accessible at all times. Blue — Repairs are needed under sink opening.
219 Legion Way, Olympia
Oct. 16: Routine check (10 red; 3 blue)
Comments: Red — Handwash sink on line is restricted in access by placement of four-shelf rack and configuration of line refrigerator. Blue — A few bags of frozen ground meat being thawed in multi-use sink.
303 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
Oct. 17: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)
MARIACHI ALEGRE RESTAURANT
19947 Old Highway 99, Rochester
Oct. 17: Routine check (5 red; 8 blue)
Comments: Red — Open-top cooler with salad and sour cream was 44-45 degrees. Cold storage must be 41 degrees or colder. Blue — Raw meat thawing in warm still water. No visible thermometer found for twodoor cooler.
2427 Harrison Ave., Olympia
Oct. 17: Routine check (5 red; 2 blue)
Comments: Red — Chili hot holding at pickup window was 131 degrees. The unit was not turned on after transferring chili from reheat to hot holding. Blue — Maintenance and sanitation of the floor in several areas are in poor condition.