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This week on DineSafe: Country Style, Jimmy the Greek, New Seaway, Oja, Oriental Food Mart, Richlee's, The Friendly Thai, Wanda's Pie in the Sky

Posted by Robyn Urback / February 5, 2013

toronto public health dine safeThis week on DineSafe was a rough one for Kensington Market. As most of us are probably aware by now, New Seaway Fish Market was closed down after someone snapped a photo of a few unwelcome guests at the Baldwin Street fishmonger. Possible cousins of said guests were also found at Wanda's Pie in the Sky a minute or so away. Both shops have since reopened. The DineSafe police also nabbed a number of shops outside of the Market, including Jimmy the Greek at York University and Country Style on the Danforth. Fortunately, no further rats were found. Here is a look at DineSafe this week.

Country Style Donuts (2929 Danforth Ave)
Inspected on: January 30
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 9 (Minor: 2, Significant: 5, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: Failure to protect food from contamination, Inadequate food temperature control

New Seaway Fish Market (195 Baldwin St)
Inspected on: January 28
Inspection finding: Red (Closed)
Number of infractions: 5 (Minor: 2, Significant: 2, Crucial: 1)
Condition(s) for closure: Operator fail to prevent a rodent infestation

Oja (689 Yonge St)
Inspected on: Jannuary 31
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 6 (Minor: 2, Significant: 3, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Failure to protect food from contamination

Oriental Food Mart (250 Alton Towers Crcl)
Inspected on: January 31
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 8 (Minor: 1, Significant: 4, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: Failure to ensure/provide for proper employee hygiene/handwashing, inadequate food temperature control

Richlee's Restaurant (1959 Avenue Rd)
Inspected on: January 31
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 2, Significant: 4, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Failure to protect food from contamination

The Friendly Thai (223 Roncesvalles)
Inspected on: January 31
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 11 (Minor: 3, Significant: 7, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Inadequate food temperature control

Wanda's Pie in the Sky (287 Augusta Ave)
Inspected on: January 29
Inspection finding: Red (Closed)
Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 3, Significant: 2, Crucial: 2)
Condition(s) for closure: Operator fail to prevent a rodent infestation

Discussion

29 Comments

WTF WANDA? / February 5, 2013 at 08:20 am
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Massive Rodent Infestation?
Is that why her pies were so expensive?
To pay for the rat feed?
Brandon / February 5, 2013 at 09:33 am
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Ahh, the joys of being located so closely to Chinatown! I believe that Wanda's has reopened though, and that their main issue was that they had many traps that had been triggered, but no one had removed the dead rodents, whereas New Seaway had live fuckers roaming around the store.
Soren / February 5, 2013 at 10:16 am
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Dennis Lee, time to come out of retirement.
EricM / February 5, 2013 at 10:34 am
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Maybe it's just the juxtaposition, but somehow a place that sells pies and sweets and also has a rat infestation seems even grosser! I don't think I'll be going there again...
ROB / February 5, 2013 at 10:40 am
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Rodent infestation? That's the last time I go to Wanda's.
someonehastoaskit... / February 5, 2013 at 10:48 am
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It seems week after week there is always a huge proportion of Chinese restaurants, groceries and places near to Chinatown listed here... Why? There are older buildings with restaurants in them all over the city that don't seem to have issues to this degree. Is it a cultural thing or does Toronto Public Health need to have more Chinese speaking officers? Are the safe food handling courses run in Chinese, because if not maybe they should be as things are getting lost in translation? Let's hope there is a solution to be found, because it's a bit of a black eye and only feeds a stereotype that for some is rooted in bigotry.
Shannon / February 5, 2013 at 10:57 am
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Those must be the rats photographed just the other week in Kensington Market... just lovely!
How do you have rats when you make pies?! I can understand a fish market because rats love smelly places, but pies? What is this, Ratatouille?
Mark Bee / February 5, 2013 at 10:59 am
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Where is the breakdown on Jimmy's at York U? I just had a really lousy lunch there last week. I'm curious to know what is going on there.
Gordon / February 5, 2013 at 11:02 am
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Amazing how people forget that all rats and mice and bugs like warm buildings. It's winter guys. Prep your restaurants accordingly. Just silly how many don't do this.
Nicole / February 5, 2013 at 11:03 am
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I have never had hospitable service at Wanda's Pie in the Sky. Their employees are rude and uncourteous. And now they have rats. Never again.
Jessica replying to a comment from someonehastoaskit... / February 5, 2013 at 11:17 am
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"Is it a cultural thing"... you're completely right, we all eat with rats at night and don't speak a word of english.

Happy Chinese New Year, you moron.
Chris West replying to a comment from someonehastoaskit... / February 5, 2013 at 11:21 am
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@someonehastoaskit...

Maybe it's a stereotype, maybe it's the reporting. Every time I pass by the "upscale" Pusateri's at Avenue and Lawrence I'm reminded about how they shut down for the same problem. Don't kid yourself into thinking that Chinatown is the only place with a rat or cockroach problem.
Arthur replying to a comment from Mark Bee / February 5, 2013 at 11:38 am
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http://www.toronto.ca/health/dinesafe/index.htm?show=detail&;id=94186
Carly replying to a comment from Jessica / February 5, 2013 at 11:43 am
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That went way over your head if what you got was that chinese people eat rats..
I didnt write it, so maybe this person meant to be offensive, but Im pretty sure its factual that yes, a lot of proper restaurant practices aren't known or even considered in china town & everywhere in the city. Not just a chinese restaurant thing, an everyone in the restaurant biz thing. this list doesnt even name any china town places so im confused why the reference was even made in the first place.

problems happen because the people managing the food on a daily basis, often dont have Proper food handling training. it could be because yes, maybe they are newly immigrated to canada, and working in the service industry back house because it makes the most sense. and maybe they dont understand english Thaaaat well. in any case, thats not the problem, the problem is not understanding proper food handling.

if suggesting food handling rules should be translated makes someone a moron, than okay, they're a moron in your eyes. but id say, its moronic to eat in these restaurants that clearly have a problem grasping proper cleanliness & practice, whether it be a language barrier or just simply bad direction.

someonehastoaskit replying to a comment from Jessica / February 5, 2013 at 11:46 am
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I don't think I was in anyway dismissive, and in fact there is clearly a problem that should be solved and new solutions to be found. Sorry to look for solutions in a way that would help everyone. At this point demographically speaking we are a country of English, French and Chinese... perhaps we should adapt? There are of course many places that have problems but this seems far to consistent. How can things get better? Happy Year of the Snake to you and thanks for the unwarranted dismissive.
Brenda replying to a comment from Mark Bee / February 5, 2013 at 11:47 am
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From the DineSafe website on Jimmy the Greek... Is there a decent place to have a meal up there? *Le sigh*
Operator fail to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated
Operator fail to use proper procedure(s) to ensure food safety
OPERATOR FAIL TO ENSURE CHIPPED DISH NOT USED IN FOOD HANDLING
IMPROPER MAINTENANCE / SANITATION OF FOOD CONTACT SURFACES / UTENSILS /EQUIPMENT
Operator fail to use proper cloths
Operator fail to properly wash multi-use utensils
IMPROPER MAINTENANCE / SANITATION OF NON-FOOD CONTACT SURFACES / EQUIPMENT
Operator fail to provide easily readable thermometer(s)
Operator fail to provide proper equipment
Operator fail to properly wash equipment
INADEQUATE FOOD TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Operator fail to thoroughly re-heat hazardous food item(s)
Devin replying to a comment from Shannon / February 5, 2013 at 11:55 am
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How do you have rats when you sell pies ? Pies are food. I had a friend who ran a shoe store and even there they're a constant problem.
Rob replying to a comment from Carly / February 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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The problem is as much not being able to receive food handler certificates/language barrier as it is health officials looking for foreigners to make their dirty restaurant quotas. There's a game that needs to be played and lots of immigrants can't play it because they don't know how. You see absolutely filthy restaurants with English-speaking proprietors pass all the time. Don't take too much away from DineSafe... it's as much about looking for something as it is noticing something.
MB / February 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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If you operate a food-based establishment, you're fighting a losing battle against pests. Like many have agreed on these pages before, Toronto buildings are often old and it's easy for pests to sneak in. I've worked in Kensington Market and I've worked in high-end places, and the owner/managers are always aware of the problem. The thing that's common that no one talks about are the number of ultra-fine restaurants in this town that keep "kitchen cats" who prowl around after dark to kill any interlopers. You never hear of these fine places having a problem - methinks kitchen cats are doing their job!
Rob / February 5, 2013 at 05:01 pm
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Kitchen cats are a great idea.
n / February 5, 2013 at 07:30 pm
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even old buildings it is not excuse to serve food with rodents, insects and roaches. if you have these have your premise treated regularly and have the place spotless clean. note that most of the tickets are not because of insects, but because of handwashing. i am sorry, but if you mix (contamination), leave it outside of the fridge then it's your own fault of getting these tickets. also, i think they announce their arrival. regarding the targeting of the immigrants or non-english establishments - not true - if you don't wash your hands while preparing food you get a ticket. besides most of the places have immigrant chefs or kitchen staff these days (even high end)... prepare your food at home people
claire / February 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm
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I will NEVER buy cupcakes from Wanda's ever again! GROSS!
Leigh / February 6, 2013 at 12:06 am
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So where's the break down on Jimmy the Greek ???????????
kim / February 6, 2013 at 01:16 am
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Wanda's gonna serve RAT PIE soon! The place is always dirty and the baked goods are always stale. Why this place is still around is beyond me.... Maybe this will finally be the nail in the coffin!
AV / February 6, 2013 at 08:50 am
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Leigh are you new? Look 7 posts above yours:



Brenda replying to a comment from Mark Bee / FEBRUARY 5, 2013 AT 11:47 AM
From the DineSafe website on Jimmy the Greek... Is there a decent place to have a meal up there? *Le sigh*
Operator fail to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated
Operator fail to use proper procedure(s) to ensure food safety
OPERATOR FAIL TO ENSURE CHIPPED DISH NOT USED IN FOOD HANDLING
IMPROPER MAINTENANCE / SANITATION OF FOOD CONTACT SURFACES / UTENSILS /EQUIPMENT
Operator fail to use proper cloths
Operator fail to properly wash multi-use utensils
IMPROPER MAINTENANCE / SANITATION OF NON-FOOD CONTACT SURFACES / EQUIPMENT
Operator fail to provide easily readable thermometer(s)
Operator fail to provide proper equipment
Operator fail to properly wash equipment
INADEQUATE FOOD TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Operator fail to thoroughly re-heat hazardous food item(s)
Josh / February 9, 2013 at 11:30 am
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I rented two different houses in Kennsington in the past 10 years and the rodent problem in the whole neighborhood is just out of control. I'll probably keep going to Wanda's for her Key lime pie despite the irritable staff and rats. I got pretty used to finding them when I lived in Kennsington.
Patricia N. / February 9, 2013 at 04:18 pm
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Ok, I don't dine out too often, I mostly cook my own food and I'm a frequent visitor to Indian/Asian groceries. Some places look truly filthy and, frankly, repulsive. Fortunately, you can wash/ clean/peel/scrub/whatever your groceries and assure proper handling. However, there are some places that are really nice and clean and well supplied, too.
Wendy / February 13, 2013 at 07:14 pm
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A rodent problem is not one to be taken lightly and they can move into the finest of restaurants.... its good to see that Wanda is back in business. I will return and eat some pie.
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