4394 Eastgate Square Dr.
Cincinnati OH 45245
130 violations (52 critical) in nine inspections
Critical violations included improper hand washing, insect problems and dirty equipment.
China Buffet has not returned calls or emails. It has shown some improvement in its last three inspections in February and March. It had two critical violations since March 31, 2016, both of which were corrected on the spot.
1220 State Route 125
Amelia, OH 45120
87 violations (20 critical) in nine inspections
Critical violations included food stored at improper temperatures and "drain flies" in the bar area.
Owner Michael David said many of the restaurant's problems were related to a plumbing problem and other maintenance issues that he spent more than $6,000 to fix. "I would invite any customer to come to the back of my house and look at it and would be completely comfortable with them seeing how their food is made," he said.
68 violations (24 critical) in eight inspections
Inspectors documented roach problems in six occasions from May to October.
The company did not return several messages. Clermont County Director of Environmental Health Rob Perry said the restaurant has "made strides" from 2012, when it was threatened with license revocation. But "they're not a shining example" either. Records show 20 new violations in 2016, eight of them critical.
2235 Bauer Road
Batavia, OH 45103
77 violations (19 critical) in 11 inspections
Roaches found in six inspections from September to December.
Owner Michael David said that many of the violations stemmed from the restaurant's aging building and equipment that had to be replaced. He spent more than $6,000 fixing wall cracks and replacing the kitchen floor and ceiling. The restaurant has only three violations so far this year.
9500 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
57 violations (26 critical) in five inspections
Inspectors found food stored at improper temperatures on five visits from February to August.
Pin Sam bought the restaurant in September and remodeled the space with a new floor, tables and walls, he said. Records show four violations since then, three of them non-critical.
4270 Hunt Road
Cincinnati, OH 45342
47 violations (30 critical) in 12 inspections
Inspectors documented 11 violations related to food temperature and 11 more for food storage.
Head chef Edgar Bautista said last year's violations were caused by turnover. Kitchen staff left after he and the owners decided to serve food made from scratch instead of pre-prepared items that were easier to cook. The restaurant had no violations during its last two inspections in February and March of this year.
6159 Glenway Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45211
56 violations (24 critical) in two inspections
Eight violations involved hand-washing or food-handling issues, ten for food-storage issues.
Manager John Asilov said the restaurant had problems with its inspector, but declined to elaborate. "We had an issue with the lady, not because we were violating some major stuff," he said. Records show the restaurant had five violations in April, including an employee handling food with bare hands and shredded cheese that had to be discarded because it was stored at room temperature.
4394 Gleneste Withamsville Road
Batavia, OH 45103
70 violations (12 critical) in seven inspections
Non-critical cleaning and maintenance issues account for 47 violations.
In a statement, Golden Corral said it "corrected the equipment items noted in prior inspections and placed renewed emphasis on cleanliness in order to ensure that we maintain the highest food safety standards." Records show no inspections this year and one non-critical violation in its last inspection, Nov. 23.
4531 Eastgate Boulevard
Cincinnati, OH 45245
49 violations (21 critical) in four inspections
Eight violations involving food temperatures, more than 30 violations for cleaning and maintenance issues.
O'Charley's provided a statement saying it "addressed any issues observed" by inspectors in 2015. Inspectors found no violations in its last inspection Feb. 29. "O'Charley's values the safety of our guests and team members by holding all of our restaurants to high standards. We also use an independent third party to evaluate our safety standards."
4476 Gleneste-Withamsville Road
Cincinnati, OH 45245
43 violations (24 critical) in six inspections
12 critical violations involved food stored improperly. Six involved inadequate equipment for hand washing and sanitizers.
The restaurant underwent extensive kitchen renovations in 2015, forcing a temporary relocation of storage and hand-washing facilities, said Gary Rodriguez, vice president of operations for the Sharonville–based chain with 19 locations in Ohio. "We invest a lot of money in our kitchens, making sure that everybody keeps them in good order," he said. "Everything is perfect now."