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Restaurant Inspections: A-Town Bar & Grill, Ping and More

This week's restaurant inspection reports for Arlington County.

The Virginia Department of Health’s inspection reports for restaurants in Arlington reflect visits from inspectors during the last few weeks. Restaurants are paid periodic visits.

To see a list of reports for restaurants in Clarendon, Courthouse and Rosslyn, visit Clarendon Patch. The full reports can be accessed on the state Health Department's website:

La Cote Dor Cafe
2201 Westmoreland St.
Date of inspection: Dec. 18
Stock, soup and chicken, prepared and held in the food establishment for more than 24 hours is not clearly marked to indicate the date or day by which the food shall be consumed on the premises, sold, or discarded.
 
Ping by Charlie Chiang's
4060 Campbell Ave.
Date of inspection: Dec. 18
Employees are not properly sanitizing cleaned multiuse equipment and utensils before they are reused. An employee did not know how to set up the three-compartment sink properly.
 
A-Town Bar & Grill
4100 N. Fairfax Drive
Date of inspection: Dec. 17
The nonfood-contact surface of the duct tape used on the microwave and on the dish machine is not corrosion-resistant, nonabsorbent, and/or smooth. The location is in the process of getting a new dish machine and is considering getting a new microwave.
 
Chesapeake Bagel Bakery
2453 N. Harrison St.
Date of inspection: Dec. 17
Consumer self-dispensing bulk food is not prominently labeled in plain view of the consumer. The one day old bagels and muffins at the end of the register are not labeled.
 
Costco Wholesale Restaurant #233
1200 S. Fern St.
Date of inspection: Dec. 17
A food employee failed to wash his or her hands before donning gloves for working with food.
 
El Pollo Rico
928-932 N. Kenmore St.
Date of inspection: Dec. 17
Fruit fly pest harborage conditions exist on the premises.
 
Joe's Place Pizza & Pasta
5555 Lee Highway
Date of inspection: Dec. 17
A sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands is not provided at the back hand sink.
 
The Broiler
3601 Columbia Pike
Date of inspection: Dec. 14
The sliced ham container lid in the walk-in refrigerator, the walk-in refrigerator shelves, and the shelves in the prep refrigerator are not clean to sight and touch.
 
Young Chow Restaurant
420 S. 23rd St.
Date of inspection: Dec. 14
The hand washing sink located at the bar is not maintained so that it is accessible at all times for employee use.
 
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar # 379
950 N. Glebe Road Suite 130
Date of inspection: Dec. 13
Insect, rodent, and/or other pest harborage conditions exist on the premises. Fruit flies observed throughout the facility.
 
Portofino Restaurant
526 S. 23rd St.
Date of inspection: Dec. 13
Excessive bare hand contact with exposed food that is not in a ready-to-eat form was observed by a food employee.
 
Ravi Kabob Family Restaurant
250 N. Glebe Road
Date of inspection: Dec. 13
The hand washing station at the kitchen is being used to clean equipment and utensils.
 
Saigon Saigon
1101 S. Joyce St. B-16
Date of inspection: Dec. 13
Couple cans of bamboo were found dented on their top seams on storage shelf.
 
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar # 291
2450 Crystal Drive Suite R-015
Date of inspection: Dec. 12
An employee was drinking in an area where contamination of exposed food or clean equipment may occur.
 
District Taco
5723 Lee Highway
Date of inspection: Dec. 12
Food in contact with soiled equipment or utensils. The handle of a scoop was observed touching cooked shrimp.
 
El Rancho Latin Grill
3610 Columbia Pike
Date of inspection: Dec. 12
Flan, tres leches, and rice pudding packages in the display case refrigerator prepared and held in the food establishment for more than 24 hours are not clearly marked to indicate the date or day by which the food shall be consumed on the premises, sold, or discarded.
 
Fettoosh
5100 Wilson Blvd.
Date of inspection: Dec. 12
Paper towels could not be obtained from paper towel dispenser at rear kitchen area.
 
Manhattan Cafe
1655 N. Fort Myer Drive #101
Date of inspection: Dec. 12
No paper towels at restroom hand sink.
 
Market Basket
1669 Crystal Square Arcade
Date of inspection: Dec. 12
A sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands is not provided at the front hand washing lavatory used by food employees and/or is not clearly visible to food employees.
 
Brick's Pizza
4809 N. First St.
Date of inspection: Dec. 11
Ready-to-eat food is not protected from cross contamination by separating them from raw animal foods. Raw beef observed stored over ready to eat bacon.
 
Cafe Pizzaiolo
2800 S. Randolph St. # 130
Date of inspection: Dec. 11
The food establishment is not under the immediate control of a Northern Virginia certified food manager.
 
Earl's of Ballston
4215 N. Fairfax Drive
Date of inspection: Dec. 11
The food establishment is not under the immediate control of a Northern Virginia certified food manager.
 
Ravi Kabob House
305 N. Glebe Road
Date of inspection: Dec. 11
The nonfood-contact surface of the cardboard used as floor mat by back exit door is not corrosion-resistant, nonabsorbent, and/or smooth.

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