Clogged sink, uncovered food leads to low score at Southwest Side restaurant

El Patroncito received a score of 78

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SAN ANTONIO – A Southwest Side Mexican restaurant received a long list of demerits after a city health inspector noted a clogged sink and several uncovered food items in a walk-in cooler.

El Patroncito, located in the 600 block of New Laredo Highway, received a score of 78 on Jan. 30 after racking up other violations that included one employee washing their hands improperly and another holding a tortilla with their bare hands.

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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.

To see more health inspection scores and to go Behind the Kitchen Door with Dillon Collier, click HERE for our special section.

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.

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