9972 Reading Road, Evendale
69 (48 critical)
Twenty one critical violations at Homer’s were recorded during seven inspections between February and April of 2013, and 14 related to the temperature of food at the buffet-style restaurant. Hamilton County Evironmental Health Director Jeremy Hessel said the restaurant now appears to be on the right track.
Manager Robert Lam said it took a while for the restaurant to get its inspection problems under control and said he had “no excuse” for why. But staff are doing a much better job meeting the county’s requirements. "Right now we are scheduled for bi-annual check-ups," he said. "We’re no longer monthly."
545 West Plane Street, Bethel
68 (20 critical)
Clermont County inspectors found 33 maintenance violations including 10 related to labeling in 10 visits. Two visits were prompted by complaints.
Owner Charles Collins said he's invested more than $50,000 in new equipment since 2010. "It's an ongoing process," he said. "Any corrections that need to be done, we make them."
8794 Reading Road, Reading
58 (27 critical)
Hamilton County inspectors found 58 violations including 24 related to maintenance and cleaning in six visits from January to August.
"It's an old building, they ask too much, but none of the violations were serious," said Ray Musa, owner. "We try to fix, it's just an old building. It's tough, honestly."
(with Starbucks and AFC/Sushi)
6388 Branch Hill Guinea Road, Loveland
50 (15 critical)
Clermont County inspectors found 27 maintenance violations and nine related to equipment in four visits to this Loveland store.
"These violations are taken very seriously... our store associates react and address violations immediately, most times, while the inspector is still in the store. You can see from the reports where a visit required a follow up inspection, all issues had been corrected."
8697 Fields Ertel Road, Symmes Township
43 (23 critical)
More than half the violations were reported during inspections in February and April of 2013. Eight critical violations related to food temperatures.
A man who identified himself as the owner but refused to give his name said he bought the restaurant in April and didn’t know about its history of violations. "We’ve had minor violations, and they were taken care of," he said. "Someone smoked in the kitchen, a cigarette, and that was our biggest violation. I’ve disciplined that person, and that was that."
4922 Hunt Road, Blue Ash
43 (19 critical)
Hamilton County inspectors found 43 violations in 10 visits, including two prompted by complaints. The restaurant passed inspection with no violations on Jan. 14, 2014.
The restaurant declined to comment. Hamilton County Environmental Health Director Jeremy Hessel considers Win Wok a "success story" because its scores improved after food safety training.
10736 Reading Road, Evendale
43 (12 critical)
More than half the restaurants violations were recorded during three separate inspections in January 2013. Violations included soiled ceiling tiles and damaged cutting boards as well as ice mold in the ice machine and dead cockroaches. More recent inspections have found fewer problems.
"We hire some kitchen help. Sometimes they listen. Sometimes they don’t," said Owner Judy Mak. "After the inspector told us about all the violations, I had a meeting with all the employees up front and in the back. Now they understand."
1095 Ohio State Route 28, Milford
42 (18 critical)
Clermont inspectors found 24 violations in two November inspections that followed a complaint that the women’s rest room didn’t have soap available. Inspectors deemed the complaint invalid.
A store manager said he felt "pretty good about how we do things here," but declined further comment. He referred us to Steak N Shake’s corporate office, which did not return three calls.
1108 West Kemper Road, Forest Park
Hamilton County inspectors found 41 violations, including 16 for maintenance-cleaning issues and five for cockroaches in March, October and November. The restaurant passed inspection with no violations Jan. 9, 2014.
Owner David Yang said he had problems with a new inspector who was a stickler. "Finally, he recognized that most restaurants are not as clean as us."
4394 Eastgate Square Drive, Cincinnati
41 (11 critical)
During eight inspections throughout the year, violations included improper temperatures for food on the buffet and improper thawing techniques. In another instance, sushi was not marked to be discarded after four hours. Non-critical violations included "unacceptable employee beverage containers" and an employee’s cell phone and phone bill on the shelf above a prep table.
After reviewing WCPO’s inspection data, restaurant Manager Heather Qiu said in an email that she did not want to comment for this story.