Dead Flies in Tequila
Most restaurants they inspect pass easily, but only a few get glowing comments. To discover how they do it, I interviewed the owners of three places whose inspection reports included notes of praise: Bandito's on South Fourth ("Excellent Inspection"), the Blue Nile on East Washington ("Overall Great Inspection"), and the Lunch Room, which shares the Mark's Carts kitchen on West Liberty ("Kitchen looks great, thank you for all your efforts").
It helps that they know approximately when they'll be inspected.
"It's every six months, so we can predict," says Kanwar Sandhanwalia of Bandito's, "though I'd prefer it if they didn't come every six months, but say they come on October 1, maybe they should come again on October 14. Then you'd find out how clean the restaurants really are."
"We've got to inspect every one hundred and eighty days," explains Hanton. "We're audited by the state if it goes beyond that."