Viva Food Mart, Souper Salad, Barton Hills Market



Posted on January 13, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 14 at 12:43 PM

Three Austin restaurants did not make the grade in this week's Eat Drink and Be Wary.  Health inspectors found everything from dangerous food, to restrooms with no toilet paper.

Let's begin at the Viva Food Mart in the 8600 block of North Lamar. It failed its recent Austin Travis County Health Inspection with a score of 66. Problems included bugs in the bulk container of masa harina, which is typically used to make tortillas, no paper towels in the restrooms, and men's restroom without toilet paper.  The inspector also observed improper cold holding of cantaloupe and watermelon. It was all thrown out immediately.

On the required follow-up inspection, Viva Food Mart passed with a score of 80.


Next stop -- Souper Salad in the 1100 block of Pecan Park Boulevard. It failed its recent health inspection with a score of 68.

Violations included pasta salad, cottage cheese and salad dressings which are all potentially hazardous food, on the salad bar held at the wrong temperature. The items were thrown out on the spot. There was no hot water at the hand sink in the kitchen and there was mold in the ice machine.

On the required follow-up inspection Souper Salad passed with a score of 88.

The last stop is Barton Hills Market at 1220 Barton Hills Drive. It failed its inspection with a score of 65.

Problems included guacamole held at the wrong temperature, dented cans on the shelf, and an employee preparing a sandwich without gloves. The inspector also spotted mold in the ice machine.

On the required follow-up inspection Barton Hills Market passed with a score of 90.

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