Restaurant Report Card: One place scores 25 critical health code violations

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DENVER -- Super Buffet on West Alameda has super bad health inspections according to the health department.

Super Buffet

The Lakewood restaurant scored an “F” on Restaurant Report Card with 25 critical health code violations in its April 2015 and December 2014 unannounced health inspections.

In April, inspectors pointed out, “Evidence of roaches found over the prep cooler. Large accumulation of roaches found in the sticky traps in prep area.”

The inspector also said, “Person in charge does not demonstrate food safety knowledge” and “slicer had excessive food debris build up and is not getting properly washed and sanitizer after each meat is sliced.”

The report also said raw meats including pork, beef and chicken were held at unsafe temperatures and that can cause food poisoning. The Jefferson County food expert also said the floors and walls were excessively dirty and greasy.

We left messages for the owner, but our calls were returned by someone who claimed to be speaking on behalf of the owner and did not provide a statement so we stopped by the restaurant.

A female employee grabbed the camera during our visit and did not want to talk on camera.

Records show inspectors returned to Super Buffet for follow up inspections five times before finding all the violations corrected. Super Buffet is located at 6206 West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood.

StevO's Pizza

StevO's Pizza and Ribs in Aurora earned an “F” on our report card for 11 critical mistakes in its last two unannounced inspections in March 2015 and August 2014.

In August, a Tri-County Health inspector said, “Flies were observed throughout the facility. Dead cockroaches were observed by the mop sink. Dead flying insects were observed on top of the reach in freezer.”

In March, the health expert found “hot and cold water were not provided at the kitchen hand sink.”

And, a food thermometer was not available to ensure food was held at the correct temperature and would not make customers sick.

The manager said the owner had no comment about the violations. StevO’s passed a follow up inspection in March. The pizza place is located at 800 South Havana Street in Aurora.

Dairy Queen - South Colorado Blvd. in Denver

The “A” goes to Dairy Queen at 2380 South Colorado Boulevard for back-to-back inspections with no critical violations. The owner thinks scoring an “A” on our report card is the icing on the cake.

How restaurants appear on our Report Card

Restaurant Report Card airs on FOX31 Denver News at 9 each Thursday night and it features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County and restaurants under the jurisdiction of the Tri-County Health Department. The Tri-County Health Department includes Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

HEIDI HEMMATAn inspection is a “snapshot” of what is happening during the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have more or fewer violations than noted in an inspection. Also, at the time of an inspection, violations are recorded and can be corrected prior to the inspector leaving the restaurant. If violations are not corrected, a follow-up inspection is scheduled.

The criteria FOX31 Denver uses to give a restaurant a failing grade includes the evaluation of two unannounced inspections by county health inspectors. A failing restaurant must have five critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five critical violations on the previous regular inspection. Health inspectors may conduct critical or follow-up inspections, due to the number of critical violations found during a regular inspection. Those inspections may also be considered for our reports. We recognize restaurants with two perfect regular inspections in a row by awarding them an A.

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