Rodents, live crickets lead to failing scores

Hacienda Durango, Rios Meat Market, Taqueria Vallarta #4 fail inspection


SAN ANTONIO – Three San Antonio restaurants failed their recent health inspections because of several violations.

Hacienda Durango on Callaghan Road received 43 demerits from Metro Health and were shut down on June 26 due to a rodent infestation.

The inspector required that professional pest control be called in and the restaurant be cleaned top to bottom.

An employee tells KSAT's Behind the Kitchen Door they fixed everything and were allowed to re-open after one day. She believes they now have once-a-week pest control service.

Rios Meat Market near Highway 90 and Nogalitos failed their inspection with 38 demerits.

A meat case and deli case were found at an unsafe temperature. The inspector wrote that she spent a majority of her visit throwing food away.

The owner claims he's had excellent scores since 1988 and had bad luck his time. He says he's done selling meat and may have to close.

Taqueria Vallarta #4 on Nacogdoches failed their latest inspection with 34 demerits.

The inspector found unsafe food temperatures and spotted dead and live crickets in the establishment, among other violations.

The owner says they had their walk-in cooler repaired and all other issues were corrected. Metro Health checked them out again last week.

The following restaurants just earned perfect scores from Metro Health:

  • Aloha Kitchen on Harry Wurzbach.
  • I-HOP on Hot Wells Boulevard.
  • The McDonald's in front of SeaWorld on 151. 
  • Perry's Steakhouse and Grill at the Shops at La Cantera.