Comments are taken directly from the latest Thurston County inspection reports, which are available at each food establishment, at the Thurston County Environmental Health Office and their website at co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehfood. For questions concerning these reports, contact the health office at 360-867-2667.
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.
3816 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey
Dec. 18: 5 red; 5 blue
Comments: Sanitizer was at 100 ppm, and must be 200-300 ppm. Maintain dispenser, and use test paper to monitor strength of solution. One employee had an expired food worker card. Obtain renewed card within two weeks.
3215 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia
Dec. 16: 25 red; 0 blue
Comments: Observed worker put on gloves to handle food without first washing hands. Must wash hands before putting on fresh gloves and when changing tasks.
1304 Yelm Ave. E, Suite A101, Yelm
Dec. 15: 0 red; 3 blue
Comments: Food probe thermometer checked. Missing lid on trash bin in toilet room. Continue working on keeping lids on dumpsters in shared trash area.
Bonsai Teriyaki & Wok
408 Cleveland Ave. SE, Tumwater
Dec. 14: 35 red; 8 blue
Comments: Next to wok on table, cooked chicken and cooked beef was 66 to 69 degrees. Food must not be left out on counter without refrigeration. This is a repeat violation. There is not enough refrigeration to keep all foods cold and convenient to cooks and salad plating (under serving window table). Added commercial refrigeration is required.
One waitress had a food worker card that expired three days ago; another worker had no card. Obtain cards or copies by Jan 3.
Cardboard food containers used to place deep-fried foods onto and cool foods with. You must place foods on hotel pans (or food plastic pans). Purchase more food pans by Jan. 3.
The electronic thermometer battery is dead, and the dial thermometer (0-550 range) is not accurate. Replace battery.
Grease-soaked cardboard on many surfaces. Remove and clean often.
South Bay Dickersons
619 Legion Way, Olympia
Dec. 13: 5 red; 0 blue
Comments: An employee had a food worker card that expired nine days ago. Obtain current card and post by Dec. 28.
112 Fourth Ave. W, Olympia
Dec. 13: 0 red; 5 blue
Comments: Garbanzo beans left in open can in cooler. Put in plastic.
Fix ventilation fan in non-gender restroom by Jan. 15.
Reroute ice machine pump hose to a in-direct (cupped) drain (like ice bins) by Jan. 15.
Install splash guard left side of bar hand sink, at least 6 inches above sink rim. Splash guard could be made of cutting board material that hangs down to sink bottom, and can be removed for washing. Indirect drain must be before trap.
Martin Way Diner
2423 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
Dec. 13: 5 red; 0 blue
Comments: Several employees expired food worker cards. Obtain renewed cards in two weeks.
413 Lilly Road NE, Olympia
Dec. 12: 0 red; 5 blue
Comments: In-use sanitizer had less than 100 ppm content. Use test paper to monitor that sanitizer is maintained at 200-300 ppm.
10501 Creek St.
Dec. 12: 0 red; 3 blue
Comments: Food probe thermometer checked. Frozen chicken, thawing out of fridge, not under cold running water. Thaw in refrigerator or under cold running water. Operator moved to walk-in cooler.
At end of inspection, floor sink (for kitchen hand wash sink, fountain unit drain) drains slowly, over flooded on to floor. Operator will use wait staff hand wash sink (35 feet away) until evaluated and fixed.
Split in cutting table. Fill material worn, beginning to collect debris. Use portable cutting table instead of cutting tables surface until the cutting table is fixed.
Some items stored on floor in walk-in fridge. Look at obtaining additional shelving for walk-in so foods are stored off floor.
Food prep sink appears to be directly connected to sanitary sewer pipe. It needs to have an air-gapped discharge connection.
Floor tile worn in spots in kitchen area. Start budgeting to correct.
1412 Yelm Ave., Building C, Olympia
Dec. 12: 5 red; 0 blue
Comments: Food Probe thermometer checked.
The Traulson sandwich/salad prep fridge has a malfunction. Do not use until repaired. Right side food products (marinara and meat sauce) in bin area 42-44 degrees, center and left side bin area 39-41 degrees. Store potentially hazardous foods at 41 degrees or lower.
Marinara sauce in counter top pump unit was 120-125 degrees in center and 180 degrees near sides. Was heating for an hour to 90 minutes. Heat it quickly, stirring frequently and once heated, turn thermostat down to maintain at least 135 degrees or more.
4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater
Dec. 12: 45 red; 0 blue
Comments: Pasta in pan 4 inches deep, covered was 65 degrees in middle, per cook it was water cooled before putting in pan; per worker it was then to be placed into cooler. Food like this requires temperature control and may not be covered or greater than 2 inches deep until 41 degrees or less. Moved to 2 inch deep pan, uncovered.
Large cooked beef roast in walk-in cooler (appears over 10 pounds) is 6 inches thick. Intact meat chunks or roasts over 4 inches thick must be cooled in pieces no thicker than 4 inches thick (cut it up before cooling). No cover. Mark roast “heat to 165 degrees internal before future use.” Again, any cooling must be 4 inches or less, uncovered. Turn cooler or service immediately.
For more than 30 minutes, a trash can blocked hand sink access. Correction: Trash can moved. (Make permanent place).
One food worker card expired last month. Obtain current card by Jan 2. A follow-up inspection will occur after Dec. 22.
Vic’s Pizzeria LLC
2822 S. Capitol Blvd., Olympia
Dec. 8: 5 red; 0 blue
Comments: One of the two electronic probes malfunctioning, 9 degrees low. It was discarded.
1100 Puget St. NE, Olympia
Dec. 8: 5 red; 2 blue
Comments: As soon as possible, purchase dial or electronic probe thermometer to check hot case foods (must be 135 degrees).
Not enough light in kitchen. Place light (fluorescent) above fryer and sink area. Install within six weeks.
533 Custer Way SE, Tumwater
Dec. 8: 30 red; 0 blue
Comments: Worker washed hands, then dried them on apron and work pants. Same worker would constantly (every minute) rub hands on apron and sometimes on pants. This leads to buildup of food debris on apron. Worker must not touch apron or pants.
Electronic thermometer flashed “low battery” and did not work. Stem thermometer read 4 degrees too low. Change batteries and calibrate.
No violations found
▪ Dairy Queen (6530 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater)
▪ Domino’s Pizza (10501 Creek St.)
▪ Occasions Catering (1615 State St. NE, Olympia)
▪ Oly Taproom LLC (312 Columbia St. NW, Olympia)
▪ Pints Barn (114 East E St., Tumwater)
▪ Rainier High School Gym Concession Stand (308 Second Ave., Rainier)
▪ Safeway Fuel Station #4616 (3205 Harrison Ave., Olympia)
▪ South Bay Market (3425 Shincke Road NE, Olympia)
▪ Subway (1050 Plum St. SE, Olympia)
▪ Sushi Kyo (1908 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia)
▪ Taco Bell #31337 (3815 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey)