The San Antonio buffet racks up an assortment of violations

SAN ANTONIO – A buffet with an assortment of problems, including a live bird flying inside and cockroaches in the meat grinder, topped the list of recent San Antonio restaurant health inspections.

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Grand Buffet, located in the 600 block of Southwest Military Drive, scored a 78 during its recent inspection. The violations cited by the inspector were almost as numerous as the food options on the menu.

The report says kitchen staff began cleaning when the inspector arrived, but cooks failed to wash their hands before returning to food handling.

A can of celery and cabbage was wilted and brown with a black residue. He was thrown away.

According to the inspector’s report, a box of potatoes contained a mold-like substance and the jalapenos showed signs of rot.

The meat cutter/grinder had dead cockroaches and dust on it. There were live cockroaches in the kitchen and even more dead cockroaches all over the business.

The inspector noted that there were also flies in the kitchen and even a live pigeon flying around inside the restaurant. The ice machine was also stained with black residue.

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Seven of the violations were corrected by staff members during the inspection.


Village #1 in the 1500 block of New Braunfels Avenue scored a 79.

There was a sewage backup in the food preparation area due to faulty plumbing. The report indicates that the floor is flooded when the sinks are turned on.

Raw meat was stored above loaves of bread and baked goods, and there was also an unapproved barbecue outside.

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Finally, Circle K in the 1100 block of AT&T Center Parkway scored an 81.

They had moldy cheese that was over a month past the scrap date. He was thrown away.

There was a mold-like substance on the soda machines, several fruit flies in the food preparation area, and a multitasking employee was caught eating a sandwich while preparing food for the clients.

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The reports are two years old and are frequently updated.

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