Food & Drink

Restaurant inspections for May 20

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 at theolympian.com/thurston-health-inspections.

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.



Paisley’s Cafe

625 Capital Mall Drive, Olympia

April 23: Routine check (5 red; 10 blue)

Comments: Red — Display case cooler was at 44 degrees. Cold holding/storage must be 41 degrees or colder. Blue — Ice scoop was stored on top of ice machine. Laminate counter-top front of convection oven has exposed compressed wood surface. Poor lighting behind front counter especially in the area above the sandwich making table.

La Petite Maison

101 Division St., Olympia

April 23: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)

Mi Casa Mexican Grill

2747 Pacific Ave., Olympia

May 7: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)

Applebee’s

525 Sleater-Kinney Road SE, Lacey

May 7: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)

Paul’s Burger & Teriyaki

3959 Martin Way E, Olympia

May 7: Routine check (5 red; 5 blue)

Comments: Red — Eggs in walk-in being stored above lettuce heads. Raw meat and eggs need to be stored below vegetables and other ready-to-eat foods. Blue — Onions and rice being stored on floor in kitchen.

Ramirez Mexican Restaurant

5105 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater

May 1: Routine check (5 red; 7 blue)

Comments: Red — In walk-in cooler, there are too many cooked foods with no date labels. Blue — Walk-in light is too dim. Replace with brighter, shatterproof light. In cook’s countertop cooler, diced tomatoes are 44 degrees. Cold holding/storage must be 41 degrees or colder.

South Bay Dickerson’s

619 Legion Way, Olympia

May 6: Routine check (25 red; 6 blue)

Comments: Red — Large colander of cooked beans, about 10 lbs., at temperature of 88 degrees. These must not be stored so long to reach unsafe temperatures before next phase of cooking. Blue — Melamine panels at dish washing area incurring water damage has not been repaired from previous inspection. Restroom door mechanical closers do not work.

Hot Iron Mongolian

345 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia

May 5: Routine check (15 red; 15 blue)

Comments: Red — Missing foodhandler cards. Unmarked spray bottles with chemicals stored inside. Blue — Sanitizer solution too strong in wiping cloth bucket. Hood over griddle island is filthy with grease. Meat slicer unclean with food residual. Floor under mat in back is very filthy.

Jamba Juice

3215 Harrison Ave., Olympia

April 28: Routine check (0 red; 5 blue)

Comments: Blue — No sanitizer residual in the spray bottle.

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