(WMC TV) - One's a Highland Heights landmark. The other two are Downtown hot-spots.
All three failed their health inspections in a bad week for three good restaurants.
Yao's China Bistro, 113 S. Main St., failed its Oct. 16 health inspection with a 66, then it failed to adjust its score during a follow-up Oct. 23, according to Memphis-Shelby County Department of Health inspection records:
"cracked eggs stored in plastic container with whole eggs"
"employee placed clean pan on floor and only rinsed pan before using"
"beef, chicken, shrimp, pork, ribs (at unsafe food temp)"
Owner Yao Tan blamed the bulk of his restaurant's problems on a malfunctioning prep cooler. He said it's been fixed and is now maintaining safe temperatures.
Action News 5 confirmed that when Manager Miranda Choi allowed us to take the cooler's food temperatures. All were well within health codes.
A few doors down, Local Gastropub, 95 S. Main St., failed its Oct. 17 inspection with a 65:
"clean dishes stored in dirty pans"
"mold inside ice machine"
"ground beef, steak, crab cakes, chicken wings (at unsafe food temps)"
"(Our employees) basically filled the cooler up (with food) too high above where it's supposed to be, so the temperature was two points higher than it should have been," said Local's Chef Derk Meitzler. "So we took the burgers down so the air circulates, so everything is fine now."
Local Gastropub corrected enough critical violations to upgrade to an 85 on its Oct. 29 follow-up.
The Cottage Restaurant, 3297 Summer Ave, scored a failing 65 on its Oct. 17 inspection:
"employee washing pans without...sanitizer"
"roach noted crawling on the wall"
"gravy, raw chicken, ham (at unsafe food temps)"
"(The inspector) came when we were cooking chicken," said The Cottage's owner Lisa Prewett. "We had the gravy on the steam table, prepping it to dress the chicken when it was cooked.
"The roach? I never saw one. This place is 80 years old. Pest control comes out twice a month. There are some things we can't help."
The Cottage got a little help on re-inspection: a 78.
OTHER SCORES OF THE WEEK:
Wendy's, 4761 Navy Rd., Millington, TN, 97 on Oct. 25
Papa John's Pizza, 830 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 96 on Oct. 23
Wendy's, 7920 Highway 64/Stage Rd., Bartlett, TN, 96 on Oct. 23
O'Taste and See Simply Delicious, 2045 E. Brooks Rd., Airport Area, 96 on Oct. 22
The Donut Box, 3051 Kirby Whitten Rd., Bartlett, TN, 96 on Oct. 23
2 Guys Deli, 6750 Poplar Ave., East Memphis, 96 on Oct. 24
East Memphis Fish Market & Eatery, 156 N. Manassas St., Medical Center, 96 on Oct. 24
The Half Shell, 7825 Winchester Rd., Southwind Area/SE Memphis, 95 on Oct. 22
KFC, 727 S. Highland St., Orange Mound, 95 on Oct. 23
Dagon Sushi & Asian Restaurant, 7424 Highway 64, Bartlett, TN, 94 on Oct. 24
China King, 308 Poplar Ave., Downtown Memphis, 94 on Oct. 24
Garibaldi's Pizza, 3530 Walker Ave., U of M Area, 94 on Oct. 23
Boss Man Pit Barbecue Shop, 1621 Getwell Rd., Getwell/I-240, 88 on Oct. 26
McEwen's on Monroe, 120 Monroe Ave., Downtown Memphis, 88 on Oct. 24
Lenny's Sub Shop, 4740 Showcase Blvd., Parkway Village/SE Memphis, 87 on Oct. 25
Golden India, 2097 Madison Ave., Overton Square/Midtown Memphis, 84 on Oct. 25
Shaky Jake's, 4750 Navy Rd., Millington, TN, 84 on Oct. 25
Formosa, 6685 Quince Rd., East Memphis, 83 on Oct. 25
Boscos Squared, 2120 Madison Ave., Overton Square/Midtown Memphis, 82 on Oct. 25
Memphis Pizza Café, 2087 Madison Ave., Overton Square/Midtown Memphis, 82 on Oct. 25
Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, 8274 Highway 64, Bartlett/Wolfchase Area, 80 on Oct. 22
Cracker Barrel, 8000 Lowrance Rd., Southwind Area/SE Memphis, 78 on Oct. 22
Yum's Restaurant, 3283 Austin Peay Hwy, Raleigh, 77 on Oct. 24
The Melting Pot, 2820 Wolfcreek Pkwy, Wolfchase Area/E. Memphis, 76, date not listed
Happy Mexican, 385 S. Second St., Downtown Memphis, 74 on Oct. 22
Taqueria Camino De Michoacan, 3896 Macon Rd., Gaisman Park/E. Memphis, 73 on Oct. 24
Captain D's, 179 Crump Blvd., South Memphis, 72 on Oct. 22
Cottage Restaurant, 3297 Summer Ave., Highland Heights/E. Memphis, 65 on Oct. 17 (FAILURE)...upgraded to 78 on re-inspection (date not listed)