Virginia Health Department officials inspected numerous restaurants in Arlington in recent weeks. We all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation.
"Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to Virginia Department of Health's website.
The site continues: "Keep in mind that any inspection report is a 'snapshot' of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long term cleanliness of an establishment."
Full reports can be accessed on the health department's website.These are some of the most recent inspection reports available from the health department. Click on the restaurant name for more information on each.
Essy's Carriage House, 4030 Lee Highway, saw 16 core violations during a health inspection of its restaurant last month. The violations included no paper towels or hand dryer in the men's room, which was corrected during the inspection. Also part of the violations: "Mouse droppings were observed on the floor downstairs by the peanut oil boxes." Also, the report mentions that the outer openings of the restaurant are not protected against the entry of insects and rodents (air gaps around kitchen exterior door; this is a screen door which also has a hole in the screen). Visit the complete report here.
Popeye's Chicken, 4241 N. Pershing Dr., saw four core violations during a health inspection last month; the inspector also said mouse droppings were observed. View the complete report here.
Rien Tong Thai Cuisine, 3131 Wilson Blvd., had six violations, including apparently misrepresenting fish on the menu. "The red snapper and rainbow roll with snapper are not honestly presented since they contain tilapia fish instead of snapper fish. Either change the menu to state tilapia for these menu items or provide red snapper and snapper." Also the inspector noticed that "some fruit flies exist on the premises." Read the full report here.
Pastries by Randolph, 4500 Lee Highway, had 17 violations, including: "Fruit fly pest harborage conditions exist on the premises." For the full report, go here.