Comments are taken directly from Thurston County’s latest inspection reports, which are available at each food establishment, the Thurston County Office of Environmental Health, and on their website at co.thurston.wa.us /health/ehfood. For questions about these reports, contact the health unit at 360-867-2667.
Report restaurant complaints, including violations related to COVID-19 restrictions, online via the complaint form here: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/eh-problem.aspx.
Reading inspection scores:
- Particular attention should be paid to the type of violation (red vs. blue) and whether the restaurant has a history of red violations or repeat violations.
- Red infractions are most likely to cause foodborne illness and should be corrected immediately if possible or according to a compliance schedule established by the health officer. Example: not keeping food at the right temperature.
- Blue violations relate to general cleanliness and working order and must be corrected according to a compliance schedule established by the health officer. Example: a worn floor to be replaced.
- Some common abbreviations: PHF/TCS is Potentially Hazardous Food/Time Control for Safety; RTE is ready to eat; PIC is responsible; FWC is the power worker card; The CDI is corrected during the inspection.
2427 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia
February 24: 5 reds; 0 blue.
Comments: Lettuce and tomatoes were held between 44 and 45 degrees rather than below 41 degrees as required.
Capitole market and Asian grocery store
2419 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia
February 24: 35 reds; 8 blue.
Comments: The hand washing sink in the prep area lacked hand towels. Pho broth was kept at 122-135 degrees on a stove top with no temperature control. This was heated and kept under temperature control on site. Dishwasher did not dispense sanitizer. The upper grill brush has been stored in room temperature water rather than a dry, clean place.
Blue Heron Bakery
4419 Harrison Ave. NW, Suite 108, Olympia
February 24: 0 red; 5 blues.
Comments: The disinfectant solution was not strong enough to register on a test strip.
2100 West Bay Drive NW, Olympia
February 28: 15 reds; 0 blue.
Comments: Two employees had expired food worker cards. Several foods, such as lettuce and beef, were kept at 42-46 degrees rather than at or below 41 degrees.
Panda Express #708
575 Trosper Road SW, Suite A, Tumwater
February 28: 5 reds; 0 blue.
Comments: An employee had an expired food worker card. Another employee did not have a Washington State-issued food worker card.
Burger King #7782
5252, boul. Capital SE, Tumwater
February 28: 10 reds; 0 blue.
Comments: There was no trash can near the main hand washing station.
1807 Harrison Avenue NW, Olympia
March 2: 45 reds; 3 blues.
Comments: The towel dispenser at the hand washing station was empty. Eggs were observed at room temperature. Several foods at the prep table were above 45 degrees. Several utensils, such as a rice paddle, were kept in water at room temperature. Utensils in use should be kept in ice below 41 degrees, in water above 135 degrees, or cleaned from sight and touch.
No violation :
- Best Western Tumwater Inn (5188 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater)
- Steamboat Grill and Greens (6325 Sunrise Beach Road NW, Olympia)
- Cafe Au Lait (2925 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia)
This story was originally published March 9, 2022 5:45 a.m.