RESTAURANT REPORT CARD: Seafood spot cited for what you don’t see in the kitchen

Restaurant Report Card, Mariscos Chihuahua

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A popular place for seafood in Tucson was cited for what employees weren’t doing in the kitchen.

Mariscos Chihuahua on Irvington Road near South 12th Avenue was cited by a health inspector earlier this month.

According to report from the Pima County Health Department, an employee wasn’t wearing a glove while putting what sounds like a salad - lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers - on a plate.

The inspector noted that another employee didn’t wash their hands between handling raw food and ready-to-eat food. Even though that employee changed gloves, which is required when handling raw meat, seafood, or eggs to handling ready-to-eat foods, they missed a required step.

To avoid cross-contamination, food handlers must wash hands thoroughly before putting on gloves and when changing to a new pair.

As stated in the report, “changing gloves does not replace hand washing."

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The southside restaurant was also cited for a rusted shelving unit and for not keeping a seafood broth cool enough.

The restaurant corrected several violations at the time of the inspection, but the health department still handed it a satisfactory rating.

One a scale of one to five, with one being “excellent” and five being “probation,” Mariscos Chihuahua is on file right in the middle, at a three.

As for the restaurants doing it right, here are a few spots around Tucson that earned an “excellent” rating in January:

  • Wendy’s #413: 3535 E. Irvington
  • Snow Mountain Creamery: 13905 N. Sandario
  • BurgerRito: Parked all around Tucson

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