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El Chico's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

El Chico's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
1751 Evans Rd
Melbourne, FL 32904
(321)722-4622

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NoticeThe Division of Hotels and Restaurants conducts regular inspections of public food service establishments to assure compliance with state sanitation and safety laws.

El Chico's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina either allowed conditions to exist that pose an immediate threat to the public's health and safety or repeatedly did not correct non-critical violations noted during routine and call-back inspections, despite being given oral and written warnings and ample time to do so.

Each of the listed cases involves either a signed stipulation (“settlement”) between the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and El Chico's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina or a Final Order issued after a formal administrative hearing has been conducted. Section 509.261, Florida Statutes, authorizes the Division of Hotels and Restaurants to fine, suspend or revoke the license of establishments that do not comply with state health and safety laws.


Case Number: 4--2010008936 - On May 11, 2010 El Chico's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Melbourne was ordered to pay $650 for violations observed during its February 05, 2010 inspection.

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3 Food Service Inspections Since July 1, 2014
Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 5476183
Inspection Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Inspection Number: 2441012
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 3
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
36-71-4 Basic.Floor drains/drain covers heavily soiled with odor/ bar area/cleaned needs more detail
14-43-4 Basic.Gaskets/seals on holding unit in poor repair. / cooks line reach in/on order
16-46-4 Basic.Old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 5381016
Inspection Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Inspection Number: 2441012
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Warning Issued - Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
Total Number of Violations: 13
Number of High Priority Violations: 5
Number of Intermediate Violations: 2
Number of Basic Violations: 6
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
24-08-4 Basic.Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried - wet nesting. /metal canbro
36-71-4 Basic.Floor drains/drain covers heavily soiled with odor/ bar area
14-43-4 Basic.Gaskets/seals on holding unit in poor repair. / cooks line reach in
10-07-4 Basic.In-use utensil stored in standing water less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. /prep area
21-10-4 Basic.In-use wet wiping cloth/towel used under cutting board/prep area
16-46-4 Basic.Old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.
03A-15-4 High Priority.All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. /Chipotle ranch, cooked steak, chicken, shredded cheese, pico sauce, cut lettuce, sour cream, cooked peppers/ onions 48-50°
03D-02-4 High Priority.Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours. / cooked taco beef
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Sour cream, soup, fire sauce ,cut lettuce, shredded cheese, milk 44-45°- recommended rapid chill -chef turned off the walk in after truck order to put product away-turned unit back on and checked 1/2 hr later back at 39°
01B-02-4 High Priority.Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
41-18-4 High Priority.Warewashing sanitizing solution exceeding the maximum concentration allowed. / dish machine 200++++- manager called company to come and check
03D-20-4 Intermediate.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooled in quantity deeper than 4 inches/
14-77-4 Intermediate.Reach-in cooler not maintaining potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food at proper temperatures. Do not store potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food in this unit until the unit is capable of maintaining foods at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. / tech came out adjusted unit

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 5280322
Inspection Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Inspection Number: 2395268
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 13
Number of High Priority Violations: 3
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 10
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
24-06-4 Basic.Clean utensils or equipment stored in dirty drawer or rack. / clean slicers on soiled shelf **Corrected On-Site**
14-09-4 Basic.Cutting board has heavy cut marks and is no longer cleanable. / cooks line
40-06-4 Basic.Employee personal items stored in or above a food preparation area. / phone on top of box of soda **Corrected On-Site**
24-08-4 Basic.Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried - wet nesting. **. Repeat Violation**
36-71-4 Basic.Floor drains/drain covers heavily soiled. / bar area
14-38-4 Basic.Food storage container/container lid cracked or broken. **. Repeat Violation**
14-43-4 Basic.Gaskets/seals on holding unit in poor repair. / reach and cooks line draw
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface.
14-17-4 Basic.Walk-in cooler/freezer shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. / has replaced 3 so far- will continue to do until done
02D-01-4 Basic.Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name. / flour **Corrected On-Site**
03C-44-4 High Priority.Cooked poultry not reaching a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 seconds. / 8 pieces of chicken/had employee put back continue to cook to 165 degrees f - re temp the 8 pieces of chicken 178-191 degrees f **Corrected On-Site**
03A-12-4 High Priority.Cut lettuce/cabbage/spinach/kale/chard cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. / cut lettuce on cooks line cooler and expediters area above the chill line - recommended rapid chill
41-18-4 High Priority.Warewashing sanitizing solution exceeding the maximum concentration allowed. / 3 comp bar area at 200++++ **Corrected On-Site**

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 5213430
Inspection Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Inspection Number: 2290067
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 2
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 2
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
36-17-4 Basic.Floor tiles missing. Dish machine area **Warning**
14-17-4 Basic.Walk-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. **Warning**

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 4964133
Inspection Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Inspection Number: 2290067
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Warning Issued - Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
Total Number of Violations: 18
Number of High Priority Violations: 3
Number of Intermediate Violations: 2
Number of Basic Violations: 13
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
36-43-4 Basic.Dusty ceiling tiles and/or air conditioning vent covers. Over clean plates **Warning**
24-08-4 Basic.Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried - wet nesting. Plastic containers and bus pans in dish area **Warning**
36-17-4 Basic.Floor tiles missing. Dish machine area **Warning**
14-38-4 Basic.Food storage container/container lid cracked or broken. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
24-18-4 Basic.Glasses stored upright with the food-contact surface up. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
23-25-4 Basic.Heavy Build-up of dust/debris on hood filters. **Warning**
10-12-4 Basic.In-use ice scoop stored on soiled surface between uses. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
16-48-4 Basic.Old food stuck to clean dish ware. Red bowls on the tables **Warning**
36-24-4 Basic.Several small Holes in wall. Dish area **Warning**
23-08-4 Basic.Soda gun holster with accumulated slime/debris. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
14-17-4 Basic.Walk-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. **Warning**
36-26-4 Basic.Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area. By hand sink **Warning**
02D-01-4 Basic.Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name. Bread crumbs **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
03D-02-4 High Priority.Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours. Over night in the walk in cooler refried beans 49° sour cream sauce 53° rice 49° chili con crane 60° **Warning**
01B-37-4 High Priority.Cooked/heated potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within six hours. See stop sale. Refried beans 102 lbs **Warning**
35A-07-4 High Priority.Several Small flying insects in bar area, expo area. Dish area. Manager states maintaing with pest control company. **Warning**
22-05-4 Intermediate.Cutting board(s) stained/soiled. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
03D-15-4 Intermediate.Food being cooled by nonapproved method as evidenced by inadequate rate of cooling during time of inspection. Over night in the walk in cooler tightly covered refried beans 49° sour cream sauce 53° rice 49° chili con crane 60° **Warning**

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 4964134
Inspection Date: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Inspection Number: 2290068
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 15
Number of High Priority Violations: 3
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 11
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-09-4 Basic.Cutting board has heavy cut marks and is no longer cleanable. / has new ones changed out **Corrected On-Site**
14-71-4 Basic.Duct tape used to repair nonfood-contact surface. / bar reach in
12B-07-4 Basic.Employee beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils**Corrected On-Site**/ cooks line **Corrected On-Site**
24-08-4 Basic.Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried - wet nesting. /glasses bar area
23-04-4 Basic.Heavy Build-up of black mold-like substance floor drain bar area
10-08-4 Basic.Ice scoop handle in contact with ice. / bar area **Corrected On-Site**
10-01-4 Basic.In-use utensil in nonpotentially hazardous food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. / sugar **Corrected On-Site**
22-19-4 Basic.Interior of microwave moderately soiled with encrusted food debris. **Corrected On-Site**
14-67-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler gasket torn/in disrepair. / hot box
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. / glass cooler bar
08B-14-4 Basic.Stored food not covered in walk-in freezer. / fried ice cream **Corrected On-Site**
03A-12-4 High Priority.Cut lettuce/cabbage/spinach/kale/chard cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. / lettuce 49 degrees f above chill line recommended rapid chill corrective action taken
03A-11-4 High Priority.Cut tomatoes cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. / 49 degrees f. Above chill line recommended rapid chill corrective action taken
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. / guacamole, shredded cheese 51 degrees f above chill line recommended rapid chill corrective action taken
31A-11-4 Intermediate.Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. / holding equipment bar area **Corrected On-Site**

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 4964134
Inspection Date: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Inspection Number: 2290068
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 15
Number of High Priority Violations: 3
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 11
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-09-4 Basic.Cutting board has heavy cut marks and is no longer cleanable. / has new ones changed out **Corrected On-Site**
14-71-4 Basic.Duct tape used to repair nonfood-contact surface. / bar reach in
12B-07-4 Basic.Employee beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils**Corrected On-Site**/ cooks line **Corrected On-Site**
24-08-4 Basic.Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried - wet nesting. /glasses bar area
23-04-4 Basic.Heavy Build-up of black mold-like substance floor drain bar area
10-08-4 Basic.Ice scoop handle in contact with ice. / bar area **Corrected On-Site**
10-01-4 Basic.In-use utensil in nonpotentially hazardous food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. / sugar **Corrected On-Site**
22-19-4 Basic.Interior of microwave moderately soiled with encrusted food debris. **Corrected On-Site**
14-67-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler gasket torn/in disrepair. / hot box
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. / glass cooler bar
08B-14-4 Basic.Stored food not covered in walk-in freezer. / fried ice cream **Corrected On-Site**
03A-12-4 High Priority.Cut lettuce/cabbage/spinach/kale/chard cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. / lettuce 49 degrees f above chill line recommended rapid chill corrective action taken
03A-11-4 High Priority.Cut tomatoes cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. / 49 degrees f. Above chill line recommended rapid chill corrective action taken
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. / guacamole, shredded cheese 51 degrees f above chill line recommended rapid chill corrective action taken
31A-11-4 Intermediate.Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. / holding equipment bar area **Corrected On-Site**

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 4642724
Inspection Date: Monday, February 18, 2013
Inspection Number: 2176398
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 8
Number of High Priority Violations: 3
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 4
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-02-4 High Priority.Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
03D-05-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. All the cooked cooling food on the speed rack in the walk in cooler was at or above 48 from the day before
14-09-4 Basic.Cutting board has cut marks and is no longer cleanable. **. Repeat Violation**
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. Pass thru cooler on the front line
22-24-4 Intermediate.Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles. Heavy slim build up at the bar location **Corrected On-Site**
24-06-4 Basic.Clean utensils or equipment stored in dirty drawer or rack. Can openers are in a dirty pan **Corrected On-Site**
28-14-4 High Priority.Evidence of mop/cleaning wastewater dumped onto ground. The kitchen mats are cleaned on the concrete outside and waste water is draining on the ground
36-26-4 Basic.Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area. Moderate

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 4299920
Inspection Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Inspection Number: 2066665
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 8
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 5
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
08B-04-1 Critical. Observed cloth used as a food-contact surface. Observed a cook use a dirty towel to touch cutomer plates Corrected On Site.
09-05-1 Critical. Observed improper use of bowl/plastic food container or other container with no handle used to dispense food that is not ready-to-eat. In pico sause on the cook line
12A-18-1 Critical. Observed employee with a very dirty apron Corrected On Site.
12A-26-1 Critical. Observed an employee with artificial nails/nail polish working with exposed food without wearing intact gloves.
33-16-1 Observed open dumpster lid.
35A-08-1 Critical. Observed live flies in kitchen. 2 to 3 small flies are in the dishroom area
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers. In the prep area Corrected On Site.
40-04-1 Observed personal care item stored with food. Cell phone in food storage Corrected On Site.

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 4299921
Inspection Date: Friday, July 08, 2011
Inspection Number: 2066666
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 6
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 6
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
10-06-1 In-use utensil not stored with handle above the top of potentially hazardous food and the container. The handle of the blue scoop was touching t e taco meat Corrected On Site.
13-03-1 Observed employee with no hair restraint. Corrected On Site.
14-37-1 Observed cutting board grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable.
14-41-1 Food-contact surface not smooth and easily cleanable. 2 metal sheet pans were broken, discarded by the manager Corrected On Site.
18-04-1 Observed old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.
24-08-1 Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried.

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 4236516
Inspection Date: Thursday, July 07, 2011
Inspection Number: 2043625
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011
Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 4232445
Inspection Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Inspection Number: 2043625
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Warning Issued - Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
Total Number of Violations: 24
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 13
Number of Noncritical Violations: 11
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-16-1 Critical. Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse (see Stop Sale Notice).
03D-01-1 Critical. Observed food being cooled by nonapproved method. /tightly wrapp before meeting proper 41 degrees fi
03D-05-1 Critical. Cooked potentially hazardous food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours. /ribs
08A-28-1 Critical. Observed food stored on floor. /walk in freezer
09-05-1 Critical. Observed improper use of bowl/plastic food container or other container with no handle used to dispense food that is not ready-to-eat. /utilizing cup bulk flour
13-03-1 Observed employee with no hair restraint. Corrected On Site.
14-36-1 Observed gaskets/seals on cold holding unit in poor repair. /both reach in coolers cooks line
15-16-1 Fixed nonfood-contact equipment not installed to allow cleaning access. /peg board on walk
15-31-1 Observed heavy,heavy build up of ice in walk in cooler going into freezer
18-05-1 Observed old food stuck to clean dishware/utensils.
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. /prep area
22-20-1 Critical. Observed moderate buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine.
22-24-1 Critical. Observedheavy buildup of slime on caf-argarita machine dispensing nozzle. Corrected On Site.
22-27-1 Critical. Observed inside chipped warmer moderatly soiled
23-08-1 Observed soda gun holster with m0derate accumulated slime/debris.
24-06-1 Observed extra dishes,utensils stored employee restroom
24-08-1 Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried. /cambro's
29-17-1 Waste line missing at soda gun holster.
31-12-1 Critical. Observed handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. /dumping ice prep area
32-15-1 Critical. No handwashing sign provided at a handsink used by food employees. /in men or ladies room
35A-08-1 Critical. Observed several live flies in kitchen/dishmachine area
36-08-1 Observed floor and wall junctures not coved. /torn wall by employee handwash sink dishmachine area
41A-02-1 Critical. Observed toxic item stored by food. /degreaser stored over bag n box soda
53A-01-2 Critical. Manager lacking proof of Food Manager Certification. /Erin Lemmar

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 3989294
Inspection Date: Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Inspection Number: 1980681
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 10
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 5
Number of Noncritical Violations: 5
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. /steak,hamburger reach in draw cooks line recommended rapid chill
03C-05-1 Critical. Cooked poultry not reaching 165 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 seconds. /recommended to keep cooking Corrected On Site.
15-31-1 Observed booze cooler heavily rusted peeling bar area
21-03-1 Observed detergent and sanitizer mixed together improperly and used for wiping cloths. Corrected On Site.
22-27-1 Critical. Observed interior of chip warmer heavily encrusted
22-27-1 Critical. Observed food-contact surfaces encrusted with grease and/or soil deposits. /tortia press
36-08-1 Observed floor and wall junctures not coved. /broken off wall by kitchen entrance
37-04-1 Observed wall heavily soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.
37-14-1 Observed light shield cracked dishmachine area
41B-01-1 Critical. Observed sanitizing solution exceeding the maximum concentration allowed. /wiping cloth Corrected On Site.

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 3989295
Inspection Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Inspection Number: 1980682
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 9
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 6
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
09-01-1 Critical. Observed improper use of bowl/plastic food container or other container with no handle used to dispense ready-to-eat food. Corrected On Site.
12B-03-1 Critical. Observed employee drinking from an open beverage container in a food preparation or other restricted area. Corrected On Site.
20A-10-1 Critical. Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength.
22-24-1 Critical. Observed buildup of slime on soda dispensing. Holster
32-16-1 Critical. Hand wash sink lacking proper hand drying provisions. At the kitchen icemachine Corrected On Site.
33-12-1 Observed dumpster rusted out on bottom. The dumpster is leaking onto the pad
33-16-1 Observed open dumpster lid.
37-09-1 Wall not smooth and easily cleanable. The wall attached peg boards in the kitchen are not easily removable to clean behind
41A-10-1 Critical. Observed toxic item improperly stored. Chemicals on top of the dishmachine Corrected On Site.

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 3650473
Inspection Date: Monday, May 17, 2010
Inspection Number: 1867817
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 19
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 11
Number of Noncritical Violations: 8
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-14-1 Critical. Observed dented/rusted cans. /1 jalopenas 6 lbs
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. /pork ribs/ shredded cheese-manager states not in cooler more than 1 hr recommend rapid chill Corrected On Site.
03B-03-1 Critical. Potentially hazardous food not held at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. /sour cream sauce recommended rapid reheat Corrected On Site.
04-01-1 Critical. Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. /small cooler middle cooks line-establishment has alternatives to keep product at 41 degrees f or below
08A-28-1 Critical. Observed food stored on floor. /salsa chips bar area Corrected On Site.
09-05-1 Critical. Observed improper use of bowl/plastic food container or other container with no handle used to dispense food that is not ready-to-eat. /flour non scoop cup Corrected On Site.
10-01-1 In-use utensil in nonpotentially hazardous food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. /sugar Corrected On Site.
10-03-1 Observed in-use utensil used with moist food not stored in running water of sufficient velocity. Corrected On Site. Repeat Violation.
14-37-1 Observed cutting board heavily grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable.
15-31-1 Observed fryer basket handle duct taped
17-07-1 Critical. No chemical test kit provided when using chemical sanitizer at three-compartment sink/warewashing machine. /chlorine for dishmachine
18-04-1 Observed old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.
22-21-1 Critical. Observed mild soil buildup inside ice bin. Repeat Violation.
22-23-1 Critical. Observed moderately encrusted, soiled material on veggies slicer. Corrected On Site. Repeat Violation.
22-28-1 Critical. Observed interior of reach-in cooler moderately soiled with accumulation of food residue. /ice cream freezer
29-17-1 Waste line missing at soda gun holster. /bar area
32-16-1 Critical. Hand wash sink lacking proper hand drying provisions. /bar area Corrected On Site.
36-10-1 Observed missing floor tiles under dishmachine causing standing water
36-22-1 Observed floor area(s) covered with standing water. /dishmachine area

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 3815086
Inspection Date: Friday, February 05, 2010
Inspection Number: 1867818
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Admin. complaint recommended
Total Number of Violations: 4
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 1
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-37-1 Violation: 14-37-1Observed cutting board heavily grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable. Callback - observed heavy grooves in all cutting boards in use in kitchen.
22-18-1 Critical. Violation: 22-18-1Observed heavily soil residue in storage containers. Callback-Observed heavy build up iside of tortilla chip bucket.
27-16-1 Critical. Violation: 27-16-1Hot water not provided/shut off at employee hand wash sink. /handsink in bar area 75 degrees f. Observed 70 degrees f.
27-16-1 Critical. Violation: 27-16-1Hot water not provided/shut off at employee hand wash sink. /employee handsink dishmachine area. Observed temperature of 71 degrees f.

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 3650474
Inspection Date: Thursday, December 03, 2009
Inspection Number: 1867818
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Warning Issued - Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
Total Number of Violations: 28
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 17
Number of Noncritical Violations: 11
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-16-1 Critical. Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse (see Stop Sale Notice).
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. /shredded cheese-recommended rapid chill Corrected On Site.
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. /dice chicken,beef-can't determine amount of time out of temperature stop sale
06-04-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food thawed at room temperature. /chicken (still frozen) Corrected On Site.
09-05-1 Critical. Observed improper use of bowl/plastic food container or other container with no handle used to dispense food that is not ready-to-eat. /metal bowl with duct tape utilizing as scoop
10-03-1 Observed in-use utensil used with moist food not stored in running water of sufficient velocity.
10-07-1 Observed in-use utensil stored in standing water less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. /ice cream scoop
14-33-1 Observed reach in freezer left side of fryer-interior peeling/rusting
14-37-1 Observed cutting board heavily grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable.
15-35-1 Nonfood-contact equipment exposed to splash/spillage not constructed of materials that are corrosion resistant, non-absorbent, smooth and easily cleanable. /cambro's shelving heavily rusted
16-01-1 Critical. Observed missing/inaccurate warewashing machine data plate.
20B-03-1 Critical. Thermotape failed to turn black to indicate that the sanitization temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit was achieved on the dish surface.
22-18-1 Critical. Observed heavily soil residue in storage containers.
22-20-1 Critical. Observed heavy buildup of slime/rust in the interior of ice machine.
22-23-1 Critical. Observed heavily encrusted, soiled material on slicer. /pepper slicer
22-23-1 Critical. Observed heavily encrusted, soiled material on slicer. /onion slicer
23-05-1 Observed heavy residue/sludge build-up in drains bar area.
24-06-1 Observed soiled cambro's with clean cambro's
24-08-1 Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried. /cambro's
27-16-1 Critical. Hot water not provided/shut off at employee hand wash sink. /handsink in bar area 75 degrees f
27-16-1 Critical. Hot water not provided/shut off at employee hand wash sink. /employee handsink dishmachine area
30-11-1 Critical. Observed spray hose at dish sink lower than flood rim of sink.
32-10-1 Critical. Covered waste receptacle not provided in women's bathroom. /employee restroom
32-17-1 Critical. Handwashing cleanser lacking at bar employee handsink
33-16-1 Observed open dumpster lid.
34-09-1 Observed heavy grease on the ground and/or pad around grease receptacle.
34-10-1 Observed heavy amount garbage on the ground and/or pad around dumpster.
41B-03-1 Critical. Observed unlabeled spray bottle. /sanitizer ?

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 3196174
Inspection Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009
Inspection Number: 1676063
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 6
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-37-1 Observed cutting board grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable; tabletop cutting boards and line cuttingboards badly stained and pitted.
22-19-1 Critical. Observed interior of microwave soiled. Corrected On Site.
22-20-1 Critical. Observed mild buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine.
36-22-1 Observed floor area(s) covered with standing water.
40-04-1 Observed personal care item/makeup stored in food prep area. Corrected On Site.
41A-08-1 Critical. Observed toxic item stored by utensils and food in prep area. Corrected On Site.

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 3196175
Inspection Date: Monday, August 18, 2008
Inspection Number: 1676064
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 4
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 4
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
10-01-1 In-use utensil in nonpotentially hazardous food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. Scoops, handle down in food in bulk containers.
14-37-1 Observed cutting board grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable. Observed countertop cutting boards badly pitted and stained.
23-03-1 Observed build-up of grease on hood filters above fryers and heavy buildup above char broiler.
37-18-1 Observed dusty ceiling tiles and/or air conditioning vent covers above makeline.

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008
Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 2956293
Inspection Date: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Inspection Number: 1607472
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 11
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 8
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
12B-03-1 Critical. Observed employee drinking from an open beverage container in a food preparation or other restricted area. Employee drink on cook line.
15-28-1 Hood filters are not tight-fitting and firmly held in place - leaving open spaces above fryers. Corrected On Site.
15-30-1 Shelves in walk-in not constructed of materials that are corrosion resistant, non-absorbent, smooth and easily cleanable. Coatin peeling on shelves and shelves rusting.
18-04-1 Observed old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.
24-03-1 Non-prewrapped utensils not properly presented. Soup spoons not presented handle up at line. Corrected On Site.
24-06-1 Observed clean utensils/equipment stored on the floor, salad containers and cutting board, in prep area.
32-17-1 Critical. Handwashing cleanser lacking at handwashing lavatory on back prep line outside bathroom. Corrected On Site.
35A-07-1 Critical. Observed small flying insects in bar area.
36-15-1 Observed food debris accumulated on freezer floor.
37-04-1 Observed wall soiled with light accumulation of black debris in dishwashing area.
40-04-1 Observed personal care item stored with food. Jackets in dry storage.

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
License ID: 2135583
Inspection Visit ID: 2956294
Inspection Date: Monday, October 15, 2007
Inspection Number: 1607473
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 4
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 1
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-33-1 Observed handle of fryer wrapped with plastic wrap and duct tape.
31-12-1 Critical. Observed handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. Handwashing sink used as dump sink in kitchen.
36-11-1 Floors not maintained smooth and durable; floor going into freezer in disrepair.
37-18-1 Observed dusty ceiling tiles and/or air conditioning vent covers in kitchen and near exit to dining area.

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007
Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
Inspection Date: Monday, May 07, 2007
Inspection Number: 1534503
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Complaint Full
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 13
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 5
Number of Noncritical Violations: 8
Details
1 risk violation of code 02 which requires:
  • “02 - Original container; properly labeled, date marking, shell stock tags.”
  • “02-11 - Consumer advisory on raw/undercooked oysters.”
  • “02-13 - Consumer advisory on raw/undercooked animal products.”
1 risk violation of code 08 which requires:
  • “08a - Food protection during storage, preparation, display, service, transportation.”
  • “08b - Cross-contamination, equipment, personnel, storage.”
  • “08c - Potential for cross-contamination, storage practices; damaged food segregated.”
1 violation of code 10 which requires:
  • “In use food dispensing utensils properly stored”
2 risk violations of code 12 which requires:
  • “12a - Hands washed and clean, good hygienic practices (observed), alternative operating plan.”
  • “12b - Proper hygienic practices, eating/drinking/smoking (evidence.)”
1 violation of code 13 which requires:
  • “Clean clothes, hair restraints”
1 violation of code 15 which requires:
  • “Non-food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located”
1 violation of code 21 which requires:
  • “Wiping cloths clean, used properly, stored”
1 violation of code 23 which requires:
  • “Non-food contact surfaces clean.”
1 violation of code 25 which requires:
  • “Single service items properly stored, handled, dispensed”
1 risk violation of code 32 which requires:
  • “Restrooms with self-closing doors, fixtures operate properly, facility clean, supplied with hand soap, disposable towels or hand drying devices, tissue, covered waste receptacles.”
1 violation of code 36 which requires:
  • “Floors properly constructed, clean, drained, coved”
1 violation of code 40 which requires:
  • “Employee lockers provided and used, clean”

Inspection For: EL CHICOS MEXICAN REST&CANTINA
License Number: 1504913
Inspection Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Inspection Number: 1488634
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 27
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 12
Number of Noncritical Violations: 15
Details
1 risk violation of code 02 which requires:
  • “02 - Original container; properly labeled, date marking, shell stock tags.”
  • “02-11 - Consumer advisory on raw/undercooked oysters.”
  • “02-13 - Consumer advisory on raw/undercooked animal products.”
1 critical violation of code 05 which requires:
  • “Thermometers provided and conspicuously placed.”
2 risk violations of code 08 which requires:
  • “08a - Food protection during storage, preparation, display, service, transportation.”
  • “08b - Cross-contamination, equipment, personnel, storage.”
  • “08c - Potential for cross-contamination, storage practices; damaged food segregated.”
1 violation of code 10 which requires:
  • “In use food dispensing utensils properly stored”
1 risk violation of code 12 which requires:
  • “12a - Hands washed and clean, good hygienic practices (observed), alternative operating plan.”
  • “12b - Proper hygienic practices, eating/drinking/smoking (evidence.)”
1 violation of code 14 which requires:
  • “Food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located”
1 violation of code 15 which requires:
  • “Non-food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located”
3 violations of code 22 which requires:
  • “Food contact surfaces clean and sanitized.”
2 violations of code 23 which requires:
  • “Non-food contact surfaces clean.”
2 violations of code 24 which requires:
  • “Storage/handling of clean equipment, utensils”
3 risk violations of code 32 which requires:
  • “Restrooms with self-closing doors, fixtures operate properly, facility clean, supplied with hand soap, disposable towels or hand drying devices, tissue, covered waste receptacles.”
1 violation of code 34 which requires:
  • “Outside storage area clean, enclosure properly constructed”
4 violations of code 36 which requires:
  • “Floors properly constructed, clean, drained, coved”
1 violation of code 37 which requires:
  • “Walls, ceilings, and attached equipment, constructed, clean”
1 risk violation of code 41 which requires:
  • “41a - Toxic substances properly stored.”
  • “41b - Toxic substances properly labeled, used.”
2 violations of code 51 which requires:
  • “Other conditions sanitary and safe operation”

NoticeEach restaurant inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day El Chico's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Melbourne Florida may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent restaurant inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at Melbourne's El Chico's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina.

A summary of violations found during inspections are listed in the Food Service Inspection boxes above. Cited are violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

Effective January 1, 2013, the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants adopted a new three-tiered violation classification system that replaces the "critical" or "non-critical" classification in use up until then. The new system uses the terms "High Priority," "Intermediate" and "Basic" which better define violation information for consumers, making it easier to understand.

In general, High Priority violations are those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury. Although the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) uses the term "High Priority", varying degrees of severity and potential risk to the public require inspectors to assess each situation in determining the appropriate action. In addition, while El Chico's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina may have multiple violations, the inspectors' training and judgment formulate the overall result of the inspection to ensure public health and safety.

Intermediate violations are those which, if not addressed, could lead to risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness or injury. Basic violations are those which are considered best practices to implement.

Formally, Critical violations were those that, if not corrected, were more likely to contribute directly to food contamination, illness or environmental damage. Noncritical violations did not directly relate to foodborne illness risk, but were preventive measures that included practices and procedures which effectively controled environmental conditions. Left uncorrected, noncritical violations could undermine the overall food safety program of an establishment and lead to the development of critical violations.

While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division's procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary.

Violations listed refer to the revelant section of Florida regulation that has been observed to be deficient during the inspection. Each establishment must comply with the language of the inspection statement. For purposes of enforcement and compliance, the DBPR recognizes the status as printed on the inspection form, although the severity of the violation observed may warrant additional action regardless of its "High Priority/Intermediate/Basic" or "critical/noncritical" designation.


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