Sausage stored in 'Thank You' bags leads to low health score at East Side deli

Panchos & Gringos receives score of 72 from Metro Health

By Dillon Collier - Investigative Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A deli east of downtown came three points away from failing a health inspection earlier this year after it was caught storing sausage patties in "Thank You" bags.

According to an inspection report from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Panchos & Gringos, in the 900 block of Nolan Street, received a score of 72 after a health inspector uncovered the food safety violation.

The deli was also cited for a kitchen employee not wearing a hair restraint, having accumulated grease and food debris on its kitchen walls, and for trash found under its stoves, the report said.

You can read the full report by searching the Metro Health website.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's scoring of food establishments is based on a 100-point demerit system.

The inspection reports, which establishments are required to post in public view, feature a number score at the top and bottom of the front page. A separate placard with the number score and a letter grade (example: 100/A) is also available upon request from the food establishment. Posting the placard is voluntary.

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Score Guide:

  • 100-90 = A (Very Good to Acceptable)
  • 89-80 = B (Acceptable to Marginal)
  • 79 or lower = C (Marginal to Poor)
  • Metro Health indicates that scores of 69 or lower are failing scores.

Here are the latest scores:

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  • Panchos and Gringos, 900 Nolan St., 72

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For food establishment complaints in the city of San Antonio, send an email to Metro Health or call 210-207-8853.

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