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.
Additional restaurant inspections, as well as restaurant inspections for the previous six months can be found in our online database.
Reading inspection scores:
▪ 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.
3501 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey
May 26: Routine check (0 red; 2 blue)
Comments: Red — Section of tiled wall exterior of walk-in cooler is damaged and should be repaired.
5th Avenue Sandwich Shop
117 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia
May 25: Routine check (5 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — Top and bottom food three-door open top cooler is at 44 degrees. Cold holding/storage must maintain temperature of 41 degrees or colder.
507 Capitol Way S, Olympia
April 15: Routine check (25 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — Wait or bar staff employee cut lemon wedges with bare hands. Ready-to-eat foods must be prepared using gloves at all times.
3425 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia
May 24: Routine check (40 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — Par-cooked chicken breast cooked for service was 102-106 degrees. This must be cooked to 165 degrees. Pan insert of red potato salad in four-drawer unit was 49-50 degrees. Other foods in unit were 33-35 degrees. Most of the refrigerators did not have thermometers.
Tacos La Esquinta II
Yelm Farmers Market
May 22: Routine check (30 red; 5 blue)
Comments: This unit was found to be operating under an imminent health hazard as it was operating with no hot water. It was closed and left the site.
Tacos La Esquinta II
422 Legion Way SE, Olympia
May 24: Reinspection (30 red; 5 blue)
Comments: Red — This unit was reopened after closure, but had violations as noted: Person-in-charge was unable to answer food-borne illness risk factor questions regarding cold-holding temperatures, hot-holding temperature requirements, handwashing time requirements or storage requirements. Handwash sink was inaccessible. Raw meat stored above ready-to-eat foods in bottom section of prep unit. Numerous food items in bottom of prep unit were in temperature danger zone. Cold holding/storage must be 41 degrees or colder. Blue — Wiping cloths stored dry on counters and not in sanitizer buckets.