LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Hotdogland, sporting its own version of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, didn’t leave the health inspector impressed on May 19.
The restaurant on East Tropicana Avenue got a 30-demerit C grade, in part due to a fruit fly infestation. There were more than 100 flies inside the kitchen on foods and food contact surfaces.
Onions, tomatoes, pineapples, and lard, all stored on the shelf below the prep table, were infested with fruit flies, according to the report. All of it was thrown in the garbage.
But that wasn’t the biggest public health threat. As recent inspections report, handwashing violations topped the demerit list.
Inspectors also found multiple containers of moldy strawberries, which were in the cooler where juice ingredients are kept.
Ham and raw beef were deep in the temperature danger zone and had to be thrown out.
There was a repeat violation for utensils stored in standing water in the temperature danger zone, and another repeat violation for improper food storage, both of which leave things subject to contamination.
Raw chicken was stored above cooked turkey, raw shrimp, and eggs, and raw eggs were above ready-to-eat sauces and limes.
More potential contamination came in the form of a spoon handle touching ready-to-eat cotija cheese.
The deli slicer and blender (which was held together by tape) were both excessively dirty.
The hand sink near the cookline was missing plumbing, and gray water was draining directly onto the floor in the prep area.
Hotdogland was back to a zero-demerit A grade on May 21.
Multiple calls for comment and messages left at the restaurant were not immediately returned to 13 Investigates.
Click here to see the health report for Hot Dog Land Las Vegas.