The restaurants and food businesses health scores slipped in July. Orange County Health Inspector James Scales went to 19 restaurants and businesses during the first part of the month and only one had a perfect score of 100. Flies and gnats were found at several establishments. The perfect one was the Dollar General store on Highway 12 in Mauriceville. The Garden District on North Highway 87 in Little Cypress came close. The restaurant had three points taken off because it did not have a certified food manager on staff. The lowest score went to General Wok No. 6 on 16th Street in Orange. The restaurant had 78 with Scales finding dead roaches and feces on the top of the cooler, along with other problems. Even though the Cypress Plaza at 16th Street and Park Avenue in Orange had a score of 89, Scales reported that the store is in poor condition and had lots of trash and old equipment that needed to be discarded. He also pulled expired foods dating back to 2010 to 2012. The inspector noted that the score does not reflect the conditions of the store and that it needs to be cleaned daily.

During the first two weeks of July, 11 businesses had scores in the 90s and four had scores in the 80s. Scales also conducted pre-opening inspections on two business, Wicked Wich Sandwiches on Carla Street in Vidor, and The Hut barbecue business (formerly the Crawfish Hut) at 1804 16th Street in Orange. Other health scores were:

Panthers Den Preschool, 5970 White Oak Road in Mauriceville: 97. The pipes under the dishwashing sink were dripping water and needed to be repaired.

Wal-Mart, 795 Texas Avenue in Bridge City: 97. Shelves inside the milk cooler needed to be cleaned of old foods.

Valero Kwick Stop, 1427 Strickland Drive in Orange: 97. The ceiling in the walk-in cooler needed to be cleaned of dust.

LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 108 Texas Avenue in Bridge City: 94. Several gnats were found. The hotel does not have a certified food manager on staff.

Taco Bell, 455 North Main Street in Vidor: 94. Several flies were found throughout the kitchen. Equipment was dripping water on the floor and needed repairs.

Spanky’s Bar and Grill, 1703 North 16th Street in Orange: 94. Several flies were found throughout the restaurant. Floors needed cleaning. Ceiling tiles, air vents and walls needed to be cleaned of old foods.

Carl’s Junior, 288 Strickland Drive in Pinehurst: 93. Several gnats and flies were found in the back storage room. Hair restraints were needed.

Shipley Donuts, 2913 MacArthur Drive in West Orange: 93. The same pan liners were being used multiple times for baking kolaches. Pipes at the compartment sink were dripping water and needed to be repaired.

Little Caesar’s Pizza, 866 North Main Street in Vidor: 90. Hair restraints were needed. Storage shelves, floors and outside of equipment needed to be cleaned of old foods. The oven needed to be cleaned more often.

McDonald’s, 7311 Highway 62 in McLewis: 90. Several flies were found throughout the restaurant. Employee foods were stored with foods for public sale. The inside of the reach-in coolers needed to be cleaned of old foods. The storage room needed to be cleaned of trash and mold was found on the drink dispensers.

Cypress Plaza, 1610 West Park Avenue in Orange: 89. Several expired foods (dating back to 2010-2012) were pulled from shelves. Personal foods were stored on top of cans inside the walk-in cooler. The inside of the walk-in cooler needed to be cleaned and maintained. Old political signs were found inside the cooler.

Honey Stop No. 2, 1012 West Park Avenue in Orange: 87. The restroom had no hot water and towels were needed inside the restroom. Chemicals were stored above utensils and paper products. Mold was found on drink dispensers and inside of the ice machine. A plastic water bottle was being used to scoop ice.

Pinehurst Barbecue and Steak, 100 Strickland Drive in Pinehurst: 86. Several flies and gnats were found throughout the business. Foods inside the cooler needed to be dated. Onions were stored on the floor and a bag of brown sugar was left open in dry storage area. Walls, air vents, and storage shelves needed to be cleaned of old foods. The certificate for the food manager needed to be posted.

Sonic, 11786 Highway 62 North in Mauriceville: 86. Several flies were found. Manager was using a cell phone and bagging customer foods. All foods inside the reach-in coolers and freezers needed to be covered. Air vents were beginning to rust, as were storage shelves in the freezer. Walls and floors in the back area needed to be cleaned. Air conditioning vents were dripping water.

General Wok No. 6, 1803 16th Street in Orange: 78. Dead roaches and feces found on top of the cooler. Egg rolls were at unsafe temperature. All foods inside the coolers and freezers needed to be dated. Produce was found with mold. Pipes were dripping water underneath the dish-washing sink. The outside of storage equipment, fryers, floors and the inside of the walk-in cooler needed to be cleaned of old foods and dirt.