Category Archives: Food Safety

The Carthay Circle Restaurant raises prices despite health violations and bad Yelp reviews


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The lounge in Disney California Adventure’s Carthay Circle Restaurant has made some changes in its menu. The biggest change is the addition of two item items: Queso Fundido for $14 and a flatbread pizza for $18. The second biggest change is an upward trend in prices. Several items, such as the $11 Santa Monica deviled eggs, cost $1-$3 more than they did a year ago. Now everything costs $11 or more, with butchers plate of meats, dried fruits and nuts topping the list at $19, according to the Press Enterprise.

Wow.  Those prices are simply awful but this story gets even worse.  The Carthay Circle Restaurant was inspected by the Orange County Health Agency on April 17, 2013.  Here is what they reported: Continue reading

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The critics like Carthay Circle, but the Yelpers and the Health Inspectors don’t


Carthay Circle Restaurant

LA Daily News reporter Linda Fields Gold gushed over Disney’s gourmet Carthay Circle restaurant, at California Adventures, in a recent article that was published on April 20, 2013.  But I don’t think she looked them up on the Orange County Health Agency’s Restaurant Inspection website.

Fields Gold reported that “The creative talent behind Carthay Circle is Andrew Sutton, executive chef of the Napa Rose. While the Napa Rose is true to Northern California Wine Country taste, Sutton said he wanted Carthay Circle to pick up the “warm flavors and brighter heat” of Southern California. He has worked the past few years with chef de cuisine Gloria Tae, who describes her style as “California Rustic with Asian accents.” They concentrate on using locally grown, locally raised ingredients and sustainable seafood.”

She then went on to describe their dishes, which to be honest sounded great.  But it looks like she didn’t know about the Orange County Health Care Agency’s inspection of Carthay Circle, on April 17, 2013.  Here is what they found: Continue reading

A look at Knott’s Berry Farm’s restaurants’ food safety record


Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant's Facebook Page

Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant’s Facebook Page

A few weeks ago we took a look at the health inspection record of Disney’s top restaurants – and it was somewhat shocking.  Even the new hard to get into Carthay Circle restaurant, at California Adventures, had two major food safety violations when it was inspected on Nov. 29, 2012.

Now it’s time to have a look at the food safety record of the restaurants and eateries at Knott’s Berry Farm.  Let’s see if they’re any better…and keep in mind the fact that Orange County’s Supervisors chose a few years ago not to use letter-grade health ratings at our restaurants, which is why you will never know how bad a restaurant really is unless you click here and look up their food safety inspection records.

And what better place to start our food safety review of Knott’s than their famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant! They were inspected by the Orange County Health Care Agency on August 22, 2012, and here is what those intrepid inspectors found: Continue reading