Behind the Kitchen Door: Popular South Side Mexican Restaurant Gets a Bad Health Rating

SAN ANTONIO A popular South Side Mexican restaurant failed an April sanitation check, and when KSAT Investigates reporter Tim Gerber dropped by this week to find out what had happened, the manager gave no answers. He disappeared through the kitchen door.

Taqueria La Tapatia

Taqueria La Tapatia, located in the 6700 block of South Flores Street, has seen its previous score drop from 82 to 67. This is a poor result, according to Metro Health.

The inspector found a long list of violations, including six repetitions.

They had to throw away food in a cold hold that was too warm.

There were leftover food on the knives stored on the knife shelf.

Workers did not wash their hands when changing jobs and handling food. Those who washed their hands did so in the wrong sink.

Other employees were seen touching food with their bare hands.

In total, the inspector identified 22 violations.

This week, Gerber stopped by a restaurant to see what they had to say about the plummeting ratings.

The duty manager was surprised when Gerber showed him the inspection report.

The manager went out the kitchen door to review their notes but never returned to answer any questions.

KSAT Investigates has requested a copy of the re-examination report from Metro Health.

Mexican restaurant El Potocino

Mexican restaurant El Potosino in the 7200 block of San Pedro Avenue received a score of 79 in an April review.

Raw beef was stored over containers of vegetables.

The inside of the ice maker was dirty.

The inspector watched as the cook cracked a raw egg and then accepted the ready-to-eat food without changing gloves.

Medicines of one of the employees were found next to the refrigerator.

Food remains on clean dishes.

They also needed to do a deep clean of the business.

Seoul Asian Market

The Seoul Asian market in the 1000th block of Rittiman Road scored 85 points.

The employee had to throw some food into the refrigerator, which was too warm. The inspector told them that it needed to be fixed before they could use it again.

Black sediment has accumulated in the ice maker.

The kimchi bowls were damaged.

Dead insects must be removed.

Employees have been reminded to wear hair restraints and air vents must be kept free of dust and debris.

Evaluation Guide

100–90 = A (very good to acceptable)

89-80 = B (Acceptable to Marginal)

79 or below = C (marginal to poor)

*Metro Health indicates that a score of 69 or below is unsatisfactory.

Other results of this week of checks

Grocery store in the city center, 100

st. Elm, 531


Billiards Fast Eddies Neighborhood, 100

7616 Culebra Road


Ice cream and chocolate by the river 100

123 Salmon


Steakhouse Longhorn, 100

5706 W FM 1604 N


mcdonalds, 100

9600 IR 10W


Jack in the box 99

9330 Wurzbach Road


Gibby Ice House, 98

2402 SE Military Doctor


I don’t know Cafe & Lounge yet, 97

1229 Babcock Road


New Meadow Coffee, 96

2424 Broadway


Dunkin/Baskin Thousand Oaks, 95

2882 ​​Thousand Oaks


Mexican restaurant Chile Tomate y Cebolla, 94

1009 Donaldson Avenue


Barbecue Bill Miller, 93

135 WW White Rd S


El Pollo Loco, 92

7327 San Pedro Avenue


speed tacos, 91

1823 Martin Saint W.


Common Wealth Coffee Shop and Bakery, 90

112 E Pecan Street

Want to know who is doing well and who is not? KSAT 12 has a new tool for this.

Just click on this link and you will be taken to a new mapping tool that shows you the latest ratings for San Antonio food businesses.

Reports are six months old and are updated frequently.

You can watch Tim BKD report on Thursdays on Nightbeat.


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