VERO BEACH, Fla. - State inspectors visited Big Boy BBQ, 338 SE Port St Lucie Blvd in Port St Lucie, and found 35 violations. That's more issues than any of the other 257 restaurants inspected last week.
Kitchen Manager Michael Paglia personally took blame for some of the errors made by workers, but in an email he said "characterizing Big Boys as the most out of compliance restaurant would be inaccurate."
Paglia went on to say the restaurant is one of the cleanest in the county, and he takes the safety of food seriously.
"The entire staff at Big Boys is disappointed in our latest review," said Paglia. "We would like our customers to know that nothing is more important to us then the safety and quality of our product. We have made the necessary changes and look forward to our next review."
Seven of the 35 violations were a high priority, and the restaurant said they were corrected on the spot.
Click here to see recent inspection reports for Big Boy BBQ . The public report indicates an issue with the restaurant's license, but the Kitchen Manager sent the Consumer Watchdog his version of the report that shows the inspector "Confirmed the license is current & owner is correct."
Shandong Noodle House, 2089 Indian River Blvd in Vero Beach, had the second most violations in last week's inspections. Thirty issues were found, and five were a high priority. The majority, 16, were basic violations.
The restaurant did not respond to calls for comment.
Siam Orchid Thai & Sushi of Vero Beach, 762 21 Street in Vero Beach, had the third most complaints last week. Twenty-seven issues were found, and eight were a high priority. Dead insects were found in the light shields in the kitchen. Several other high priority issues dealt with raw and cooked food storage and handling.
Siam is under new ownership, and management said they are renovating the restaurant.
Restaurant Manager Bee Chittavong issued the following statement:
"We do understand our listing for violations in the food inspecting was quite high, but we would like to explain on our behalf of the situation before taking everything that was written on paper. Siam Orchid is now a new ownership and new management, this is family operated and we like to treat every employee like family. As that being said, we are aware of what the report says and most of them we corrected at site. Please understand this building is very old and have been here over 25 years. We did took over in March 1 st of 2013, we knew what we were dealing with and took the challenge and risk anyway to fix it up since Siam Orchid was one of the first Sushi and Thai restaurant in town. As you can see the pictures below the before and after, we have had customers who has been going here for years see the improvements. But we do know we still have a lot of work to do. For that we will be renovating the kitchen area because that is the main and big problem of this restaurant when we first took it. We do understand the report being said there were food that was mixed with raw and cooked item, which at the time the food inspector arrived the cook was in the process of making a dish. We know we are a clean staff but we don't have any excused for what the food inspector wrote on the report. Please give us this chance to prove it wrong otherwise. We are trying rebuild this restaurant back from its finest please give us some time, but we do promise our food is great and have nothing to worry about. We promise. Thank You for your time on reading this letter and again we greatly appreciate your awareness about the report and giving us the chance to explain ourselves."
Sugar Cane Island Bistro, 353 S US 1 in Jupiter, was forced to stop selling food because it was not "in a wholesome, sound condition." A live roach was found in a bread drum container. The state also found 10-15 dead roaches under a dish machine and 3 compartment sink. Roach activity was also found in the kitchen.
The restaurant had four high priority issues, and 10 total violations. Our calls were not returned.