Tacos Y Mariscos Ofelia restaurant fails inspection

A small Warner Robins restaurant known for its authentic Mexican cuisine has failed its routine health inspection for a variety of reasons, ranging from lack of hairnets to improper food storage.

The Telegraph reviewed routine health inspections from December 1 to December 31 based on what was reported on the Georgia Department of Public Health online portal.

Tacos Y Mariscos Ofelia at 700 Feagin Mill Road, Suite 100, scored 66 in its routine health inspection on December 7, receiving a “U” rating for “unsatisfactory compliance.”

In its follow-up inspection on December 10, the restaurant rebounded with a perfect score of 100 with an “A” rating for “excellence in food safety.”

State health inspectors award marks based on the number of points deducted from 100, with marks of 69 and below being considered a failure.

Follow-up inspections are required when a restaurant fails its routine inspection and usually take place within 10 days.

Routine inspection

During the routine inspection of Tacos Y Mariscos Ofelia, the pork tamales, salsa, and queso inside a handy cooler were above the temperature required by state regulations in terms of food safety, according to the inspection report.

Also according to the inspection report, the salsa and refried beans were stored in a cooler without a preparation date, as required by state regulations to ensure that the food is eaten, sold or disposed of according to guidelines. Food Safety.

Cinnamon, salt, sugar and rice were discovered on the dry storage shelf with regulations requiring cover to avoid the potential for airborne contamination, according to the report.

The restaurant was also cited for an employee having a mug with a straw and without a lid on a counter next to a cutting board where the queso was being prepared and for two employees preparing food without hair ties appropriate.

Additionally, rags used to wipe down counters and other equipment surfaces were left on counters instead of being stored as required in buckets of disinfectant, according to the report.

Tacos Y Mariscos Ofelia also failed its routine inspection with a score of 51 on May 25, but returned with a 97 during its required follow-up inspection on May 27.

In 2020, the restaurant received a 97 during a routine inspection in December and an 87 during its routine inspection in November, according to state records online. The restaurant also achieved a perfect score of 100 on its initial inspection in September 2020 before it opened.

Other restaurant notes

Most Houston County restaurants received “A’s” in their routine health inspections in December, while nine received “B’s” and three “C’s.”

In addition, nearly a dozen restaurants that received “A’s” in their routine health inspections also achieved perfect marks of 100, including:

  • Casa Mexico II, 866 Ga. 96, Suite 103, Warner Robins
  • Wendy’s, 1295 South Houston Lake Road, Warner Robins
  • Taco Bell, 419 North Davis Drive, Warner Robins
  • Hibachi Express, 1080 Ga. 96, Suite 600, Warner Robins
  • Sweet of Life, 778 Ga. 96, Suite 130, Bonaire
  • BBQ Monster’s Vending & Catering, 736 Carroll St., Suite 1, Perry
  • Smoothie King, 770 Ga. 96, suite 250, Bonaire
  • Huddle House, 215 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins
  • Papa John’s, 100 North Houston Road, Suite H, Centerville
  • McDonald’s, 1979 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins
  • China House, 1019 St. Patrick’s Drive, Perry

These food trucks that operate out of Houston County have also won hundreds in routine inspections:

  • D&D Burger, Wings and Things
  • Houston County Kona Ice
  • Phatboy’z smokehouse

Here is how the marks are distributed: “A” for a mark between 90 and 100 and indicates “excellence in food safety”. “B” for a score between 80 and 89, considered as “satisfactory compliance”. “C” for “marginal compliance” based on a score of 70-79. A “U” for “unsatisfactory compliance” is assigned when a restaurant scores 69 or less.

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Becky Purser covers business news, having returned to central Georgia in 2000. She has also covered crime and court primarily in Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. She has also covered local government for the Daily Sun when it was a Warner Robins daily, for the Kingsport Times-News in Tennessee, and for the Bristol Herald Courier in Virginia. She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a BA in Communication.
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