For the second week in a row, health inspectors found a low performer in their check of area restaurants, and last week's low performer gets a second chance. Plus a lone high performer.
Last week Tengu Hibachi Steak House on Carolina Beach Road was our lone low performer with a score of 85.5. The inspector returned for another look this week. This time around Tengu lost two points because there shellfish tags on clams. Another point off because the restaurant needs to keep shellfish tags for at least 90 days. Chemical bottles were mislabeled, and some shelving and gaskets need cleaning. Six violations in all, but an upgrade from 85.5 to 95.5 for Tengu Hibachi Steak House.
Just up the road to Monkey Junction, where Ming Yao makes the low performer list for the second time in six months. Three points off because sauces, raw chicken, raw pork, vegetables and frozen egg rolls were all stored uncovered. Three more off because dirty pans were used to store food and used soy sauce buckets were being reused to store sauces. And three separate violations for a total of five points off because various foods were at the wrong temperature. Fourteen violations in all and a score of 80.5 for Ming Yao.
This week's high score belongs to the Holiday Inn Express on Van Campen Boulevard in Wilmington. A perfect 100 plus two points for workers passing a food safety course and a score of 102.