Tidy and tainted kitchens found in Jacksonville-area restaurants

Records show violations found at 3 places, catering company given perfect score

By Crystal Chen - Assignment editor/reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Health inspectors recently headed to restaurants in St. Johns, Columbia and Duval counties, where they said tidy and tainted kitchens were found.

News4Jax dug through pages of restaurant inspection reports to find which places passed and which ones failed.

Yummy Asian Bistro

Amazing, delicious and yummy are how one Asian restaurant in St. Johns County describes its food. But according to state regulators' records, six high-priority violations were found Friday at Yummy Asian Bistro on County Road 210 near Russell Sampson Road.

Records show the violations included four live roaches and 20 dead roaches under the dishwasher, fryers and shelves throughout the kitchen. Inspectors also said employees were working without hair restraints or gloves. 

The staff members said they got rid of all the bugs.

VIEW INSPECTION REPORTS: Yummy Asian Bistro

During a follow-up inspection Wednesday, according to state records, one high-priority violation was found. Inspectors said raw chicken was stored over ready-to-eat sauces inside a walk-in cooler.

The restaurant is now waiting on another follow-up inspection.

The Country Club at Lake City

In Columbia County, the Country Club at Lake City on Fairway Drive briefly closed March 11 for nine high-priority violations, according to state records.

Inspectors said roaches and other flying insects were found dead in several areas of the kitchen, and more than 170 roach and rodent droppings were spotted.

VIEW INSPECTION REPORTS: The Country Club at Lake City

Inspectors revisited the kitchen on March 19 and allowed it to reopen once it had zero high-priority violations.

Lum Thai Restaurant

Lum Thai Restaurant on Argyle Forest Boulevard was temporarily shut down March 11 for two high-priority violations, state records show.

Inspectors said they found nine live roaches and 15 dead roaches inside the establishment. Records also show a critical citation was issued for raw ground beef stored over cooked chicken.

VIEW INSPECTION REPORTS: Lum Thai Restaurant

The restaurant was back in compliance and back to business a day later.

Me, Myself & Pies

In Jacksonville, Me, Myself & Pies in Riverside is celebrating a sweet victory.

The catering company got a perfect score during a surprise inspection March 13.

VIEW INSPECTION REPORTS: Me, Myself & Pies

Its sweet and savory pies are made to order for pickup from the Motion Sweets bakery on Park Street.

The pies can also be found at the Fernandina Beach Farmers Market.

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