Dead Flies in Tequila
Inspectors also found mice feces in Chia Shiang on Packard, a live mouse at Scorekeepers on Maynard, and a dead mouse trapped in a sticky liquid at Ron's Roadside BBQ on Pontiac Trail. They observed cockroaches at Great Shanghai on Jackson, Hello Faz Pizza on West Liberty, and Zamaan Cafe & Bakery on Packard--another place that's since closed. And they reported flies in at least twenty-two restaurants in at least thirty-five separate inspections, thirteen times in liquor bottles, including vermouth, tequila, and Dewar's. They noted flies in two of five inspections at BDs Mongolian Grill on Main and at Barton Hills Country Club, and in three of five visits to Rush Street, the Blind Pig, and the Clarion Hotel. Altogether, sixty-five restaurants made the big list.
The alarming discoveries mentioned above are hardly typical. Of the 1,100 or so food operations the health department checks regularly, most get few noncritical violations and fewer critical violations. Seven places had no critical violations at all in my five-inspection cycle (see "The Seven Best," opposite page). Nor were all sixty-five places on my list equally troubled. Just seven others accumulated a dozen or more critical violations over five inspections and forty or more noncritical violations (see "The Seven Worst").
I also interviewed inspectors and restaurant owners--those who would talk. Folks who get comments like "Kitchen looks great!" are thrilled to talk, but folks with "dead flies in tequila" are understandably less eager.