Dirty vents, moldy gaskets uncovered in Gainesville restaurants

Seafood and oyster bar in Nassau County also had high-priority violations

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three restaurants in Gainesville and one in Nassau County ran into trouble, state regulators' records show.

Dirty vents and moldy gaskets were uncovered at the McAlister's Deli in Gainesville, according to the Department of Health and Professional Regulation.

Records show the restaurant on Northwest 60th Street had seven high-priority violations, and the citations included an order to toss out sliced turkey stored at an incorrect temperature. According to records, an employee was written up for touching glasses and sour cream without washing their hands first.


Just down the street, five high-priority violations were cited at Panda Express, where a fly was found in the kitchen along with soiled gaskets and food stored incorrectly, records show.

WATCH: This Restaurant Report looks at McAlister's Deli & Panda Express

Inspectors said flies and mold were uncovered at the Mi Apa Latin Cafe in Alachua County. The restaurant on Southwest 34th street in Gainesville had high-priority violations such as potentially hazardous foods and a moldy tomato in the cooler, according to records. Two flies in the dining room and a leaky pipe were also noted.


In Nassau County, according to records, Cedar River Seafood and Oyster Bar on U.S. 1 in Callahan had five high-priority violations. That's where inspectors said cleaning powder was placed next to green beans on the prep table, and milk, sauce and sour cream had to be thrown out because of temperature abuse. A fly was also spotted and killed by the server area, inspectors said.

INSPECTION REPORTS: Cedar River Seafood and Oyster Bar

All four restaurants are waiting on a follow-up inspection.

The search for a passing score this week was easy, with no emergency closures reported in Duval, St. Johns and Clay counties.