Popular South Side Mexican Restaurant Gets Bad Health Score

SANTO ANTONIO — A popular South Side Mexican restaurant failed its health inspection in April, and when KSAT Investigates reporter Tim Gerber dropped by this week to find out what happened, the manager had no response. He disappeared behind the kitchen door.

Taqueria La Tapatia

Taqueria La Tapatia, located in the 6700 block of South Flores Street, has seen its previous score of 82 drop to 67. That’s a bad score, according to Metro Health.

The inspector found a long list of violations, including six repeat violations.

They had to throw away the food in a cold cellar which was very hot.

Knives stored in the knife holder contained food scraps.

Workers did not wash their hands when changing jobs and handling food. Those who were washing their hands were doing so in the wrong sink.

Other employees were seen touching food with their bare hands.

In all, the inspector found 22 violations.

Gerber stopped by the restaurant this week to see what they had to say about the drastic drop in scores.

The duty manager looked surprised when Gerber showed him the inspection report.

The manager went behind the kitchen door to review his records but never came back to answer any questions.

KSAT Investigates requested a copy of the re-inspection report from Metro Health.

El Potosino Mexican Restaurant

Mexican restaurant El Potosino, in the 7200 block of Avenida San Pedro, earned a 79 in the April inspection.

Raw meat was stored above vegetable containers.

The inside of the ice machine was dirty.

The inspector observed a cook cracking a raw egg and then handling ready-to-eat food without changing gloves.

An employee’s medication was found stored near a portable cooler.

Clean utensils still had food leftovers.

They also needed to do a deep cleaning of the business.

Seoul Asian Market

Seoul Asian Market in the 1000 block of Rittiman Road scored an 85.

An employee had to dispose of several foodstuffs in a cooler that was too hot. The inspector told them it needed to be fixed before they could use it again.

Black residue has accumulated in the ice machine.

Kimchi bowls were damaged.

Dead bugs needed to be removed.

Employees were reminded to wear hair clips and the air vents needed to be cleaned to remove dust and debris.

Scoring Guide

100-90 = A (Very Good to Acceptable)

89-80 = B (Acceptable for Marginal)

79 or lower = C (marginal to poor)

*Metro Health indicates that scores of 69 or less are failing scores

Other scores from this week’s inspections

downtown food store, 100

531 Elm Street


Fast Eddies Neighborhood Billiards, 100

7616 Culebra Rd


Ice Cream and Chocolate by the River, 100

123 Losoya


Longhorn Steakhouse, 100

5706 W FM 1604 N


McDonalds, 100

9600 IH 10 W


jack in the box, 99

9330 Wurzbach Rd


Gibby’s Ice House, 98

2402 SE Military Dr.


I still don’t know Café & Lounge, 97

1229 Babcock Street


New Prado Coffee, 96

2424 Broadway


Dunkin/Baskin Thousand Oaks, 95

2882 ​​Thousand Oaks


Chile Tomate y Cebolla Mexican Restaurant, 94

1009 Donaldson Avenue


Bill Miller BBQ, 93

135 WW White Rd S


El Pollo Loco, 92

Avenida San Pedro 7327


fast tacos, 91

1823 Martin St W


Common Wealth Cafe and Bakery, 90

112 Pecan St E

Want to know who has good grades and who doesn’t? KSAT 12 has a new tool for this.

Just click on this link and it will take you to a new mapping tool that shows the recent scores of San Antonio food companies.

Reports go back six months and are updated frequently.

You can catch Tim’s BKD reports on Thursdays on Nightbeat.


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