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.
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▪ 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 an operation and must be corrected according to a compliance schedule established by the health officer. Example: a worn floor that needs replacing.
111 Tumwater Blvd. SE, Tumwater
June 8: Routine check (75 red; 5 blue)
Comments: Red — At time of inspection, the handwash sink was dry and unused, and no paper towels were in dispenser. Gloves not being used by food workers and no evidence of previously used gloves was found. Fried fish and raw shrimp was being stored at room temperature. Blue — Woks and wooden cooking spoons were not fully cleaned and sanitized for reuse. The three-compartment sink and the dishwasher were not set up for proper dishwashing.
2528 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia
June 8: Routine check (0 red; 3 blue)
Comments: Blue — Ice scoop storage container has accumulated debris. All food contact surfaces should be cleaned every four hours.
3816 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey
June 2: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)
4830 Yelm Highway SE, Lacey
June 3: Routine check (10 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — Two employees have expired foodhandler cards. Container of raw bacon was stored on top of lettuce. Raw meats should be stored away from or below ready-to-eat foods.
5401 Corporate Center, Lacey
June 3: Routine check (5 red; 5 blue)
Comments: Red — One employee had an expired foodhandler card. Blue — Sanitizer was prepared too weak.
Lemon Grass Restaurant
212 Fourth Ave. W, Olympia
May 24: Routine check (40 red; 3 blue)
Comments: Red — Head cook was using bare hands to cut cucumber wedges that are served without cooking. Ready-to-eat foods must be prepared using gloves. Cold holding/storage units were not holding foods at proper temperatures. Cook was unable to locate a cook’s thermometer. Blue — Shelves near stove were soaked with grease and need to be replaced. Follow-up: A follow-up inspection was conducted on May 31 with 15 red points being noted. Cold storage was still inadequate.
Brewery City Pizza
5150 Capitol Blvd. S.
June 7: Routine check (10 red; 5 blue)
Comments: Red — Front handwash sink had no soap or paper towels and was blocked by sanitizer bucket and ice bucket. Blue — Dishwasher test strips unavailable, and dishwasher was not heating over 160 degrees.
4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater
June 1: Routine check (5 red; 8 blue)
Comments: Red — Two-door and three-door prep coolers were not operating at or below 41 degrees. Blue — Single set of tongs being used to obtain raw meats and to turn or carry cooked meats. Refrigerator doors and handles and prep refrigerator interior have food grime and need to be cleaned and sanitized regularly throughout the day.
Tacos La Esquinita
422 Legion Way, Olympia
May 20: Routine check (40 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — Worker in front making large burrito with bare hands. Dishwasher had no foodhandler card. In front open-top case, foods were 44 degrees. All cold holding/storage must maintain temperature of 41 degrees or below. No cook’s thermometer was found. Follow-up: A follow-up inspection was conducted on May 31 when 10 red points were noted for a blocked handwash sink.