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No Critical Violations at Café Rio Mexican Grill

Falls Church restaurant had three non-critical violations in last inspection.

In Virginia, restaurant inspection reports are not quite as simple as getting a letter grade or an easy-to-see number rating to post in the front window.

With that said, we all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation.

A "critical violation" is one that "poses a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served." Non-critical violations are generally related to cleaning or maintenance.

"Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to the Virginia Department of Health's website.

The site continues: "Keep in mind that any inspection report is a 'snapshot' of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment."

In the past month, the following Falls Church restaurants have been inspected by the VDH. The full reports can be accessed on the health department's website.

Hai Ky Mi Gia

6757 Wilson Blvd., 24, Falls Church

Inspected Nov. 21: four critical violations, one non-critical violation

“Observed an ambient temperature above 45°F in the Beverage Air 2DR prep cooler holding raw shells eggs.”

Café Rio Mexican Grill

6108 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church

Inspected Nov. 21: no critical violations, three non-critical violations

“Unlabeled food containers with the following food items that are not easily identified by appearance: two spray bottles of cooking oil, one spray bottle of water and container of sugar.”

Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken

6134-H Arlington Blvd., Falls Church

Inspected Nov. 21: no critical violations, three non-critical violations

“Observed that sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands is not provided at all hand washing sinks used by food employees.”

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