What Was the Dirtiest Restaurant in the Cornwall Ontario Area for 2014? by Jamie Gilcig

DirectoryLabel_RestClubsCORNWALL Ontario –  I don’t think we saw anything as scary as the image above, but it’s that time of year to review the EOHU inspections for 2014 and see what restaurants had issues during the year.

It’s always surprising as some of these places crank out some very good food!

This isn’t an all encompassing list.  We randomly surveyed restaurants on the list provided by the EOHU and those that stood out for 2014 are getting a mention.

In Alphabetical Order:

Casa Paolo – meant to be a lovely get away Casa Paolo had some issues in 2014.   On April 4th they had 5 issues out of the 43 graded including proper storing of utensils, clean surfaces in good repair, cutting boards, and a lack of sanitizing test kits.  When the EOHU returned in December there were less issues, but some were about protection of food from contamination and adulteration, clean surfaces, and a freezer issue.

Family Corner which is one of the few places that dishes up Indian food in Cornwall.   They had a very long year with their neighbors next door, the EOHU.

In January they only had 3 issues, but the July visit saw them hit with 7 citations including food not high enough off the floor, refrigeration, wipe clothes not in sanitizing solution, hair nets, utensil storage, clean floors, cutting boards.

September saw them nailed another 7 times.   The EOHU returned 5 days later and gave them to be in compliance.

Grumpy’s in Long Sault saw 8 infractions in October.   Food protection, thermometers, no lids on garbage containers, screens, wiping clothes without sanitizer, corroded dryer rack, non clean surfaces, washroom issues, and dish washing solutions.

When the EOHU returned two weeks later there were still 7 citations.   Many were for the same issues although this time they cited the ceilings and walls not being clean.    In November they had righted the ship.

J&T Japanese  Thai saw a consistency of a few issue.    In January they were cited for 4 issues including food storage, hand washing basin and toweling, and insufficient cleaning levels.  In July they had 3 issues, in October 6 including wiping cloths, utensils, clean equipment surface issues, floors, ceilings, and wall cleaning issues, washrooms, and not enough chlorine sanitizer.   They came back a week later and cited J&T for 3 of the same issues.

Kelsey’s in Cornwall had 3 citations in June including food handler hygiene, equipment surfaces, and utensil issues.  In November they were down to two.

 Milano Pizza in Cornwall had 7 issues in April including food protection, refrigeration, hand washing,and  floors, walls, ceilings.   In June they’d narrowed it down to 2 and in September to one.

The Ramada Inn had a whopping 8 citations in May including food storage, refrigeration, Milk and Milk products(Discard any remaining portions unused by patrons) clean surfaces, contaminated utensils, floors, walls, and ceilings.

They cleaned up andonly had one citation the rest of 2014!

Schnitzels European Flavours had a bad May too with 6 citations including food storage, hand washing, utensils, hot water issues in washrooms.   They only had 3 the rest of the year.

The Bar Q had 5 citations in December including thermometers, hand washing, clean surfaces, frozen foods, and chlorine solutions.

To check on your favorite eatery you can visit the EOHU here.

The good news is that overall our city eateries did really well!   Here’s to a safer and cleaner 2015!

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  1. I think it would be hard to find any food establishment that had a perfect record for a whole year.

  2. Author

    Actually there were a few on the list hugger. I noted in the piece that we did pretty well as a city.

  3. I dare anybody to walk into Louie’s Pizza on First street to order food and actually decide to eat from that place

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    Nooooo Pete! Don’t go there 🙂 Have you ever read George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London? Good Restaurants were never meant to be clean 🙂

  5. Pete Walabee my former supervisor in the federal government’s first husband and father worked in heating and refrigeration here in Ottawa from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, etc. and they saw cockroaches, etc. in the finest restaurants here in Ottawa. I have smelled the former Sealtest milk industry on Cooper Street because I used to live downtown in a Chinese area when we first came to Ottawa back in 75 and stayed about a year and a half there and it stunk along with the real Chinese food.

  6. Are there any pizza joints in Cornwall where they fling and twirl the dough in the air like they do at Toto’s in Lachine?

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    Not sure if they do that Furtz, but we have five or six real old school thick Montreal style pizza joints. Romas, Riverside, North Side, Louis, Cornwall BBQ, Olympic & on a good day Philos.

  8. Im glad riverside and louos pizzaria were not included they rock for food

  9. OMG Toto’s pizzaria in Lachine is one of the worst pizza and restaurant I ever had and I lived in Lachine and Ville st-pierre for years and would never ever recommend this restaurant not even to my worst enemy. Just Saying lolll

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  11. Sheri, thousands, indeed millions would disagree with your assessment of Toto’s, the finest pizza joint on the planet!
    As an ex-Lachiner myself, I find your comment disturbing. 🙁
    BTW, there’s an excellent Facebook group called Lachine Then and Now. You have to live or have lived in Lachine to join. About 1500 members, and lots of great discussions and photos etc.

  12. How did Wing Hing fare.. Have eaten there Once. Scores? Neither are my favorites

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    Hi Jane. The EOHU link is in the story. You can check any area eatery there.

  14. Thanks for the link. Wing Hing is on my “no-go” list. My niece is a nurse and she says they get warnings on a constant basis. Scores is one of my favourites. I don’t think any restaurant could go a year without some kind of warning, even small.

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    Hugger that’s why we decided to do the clean list story too as I thought it was impressive that we had so many restaurants that in fact had zero.

  16. Thanks for link Jamie :). Wing Hing is on my no go list too ;).

  17. Although Louis and Riverside cry out for renovations, they have hands down the best food in Cornwall. Louis has the best Pizza and Ive eaten there probably once a week for the last few years without any issue. As noted above more newer establishments have worse records. Go figure. That being said, Im glad Grandpa’s chip stand on 11th got removed !! keep up the good work Louie’s and Riverside.!

  18. All restaurants and stores have their problems with equipment and sanitation and if the people knew what goes on they would be literally very sick. No matter where you work you may run into something. The best is to use hand sanitizer when you can and when home take a shower before cooking, eating or doing anything since germs linger on the body. My daughter learned the hard way.

  19. When my daughter got viral pneumonia she was working in an office and used to walk to work and it took her at least half an hour from our place. No matter where you work you are all together sharing many of the same things and precautions have to be taken. After many hospital visits she learned what to do as precaution. Restaurants, stores or anywhere else you have to use good judgement.

  20. I remember Louis and Riverside to be greasy pit stops and there were some people who liked that stuff. I never ate at any of those places at all in my entire life and don’t intend to. I used to go out with my colleagues in the federal government to the best restaurants that I could hardly afford a chef salad in that place back in the mid and late 70’s and I was always apprehensive about eating.

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