Restaurant inspections are conducted by the Niagara County Health Department.
Every establishment that serves food is evaluated at least annually by the department. Restaurants rated as high-risk, because they serve children or the elderly, or serve foods that require a lot of processing or are prepared hours or days before serving, are inspected at least twice a year.
There is no rating for exemplary restaurants; only violations are noted.
Many restaurants will have one violation or more at one time or another. They are coded by the health department as: Critical items that could lead to food-borne illness, which must be immediately attended to; or as items relating to sanitation, design, maintenance and cleanliness, which must be corrected by the next regular inspection or as soon as an inspector returns.
Sandy's Coffee Shop, 8835 Buffalo Ave. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: One (no shield for light bulb in kitchen). Inspected Aug. 9.
Club Venus, 1902 Main St. No violations. No food served here. Pre-operational inspection Aug. 11.
Snack Bar C-1, Niagara Falls Convention Center, 305 Fourth St. No violations. Inspected July 13.
Snack Bar C-2, C-3, C-4, Niagara Falls Convention Center, 305 Fourth St. No violations. Inspected Aug. 11.
M & J Lounge, 1013 Niagara St. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Two (soap needed in men's restroom; some worn floor tiles in front of bar). No food served here, only prepackaged snacks. Inspected Aug. 3.
Pine Plaza Restaurant, 8345 Pine Ave. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Three (no visible thermometer in rear refrigerator; cooking area needs to be cleaned and fryer baskets should be replaced; dumpster cover left open, corrected at this time). Inspected Aug. 9.
St. Angelo's Restaurant, 4709 Military Road. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Six (thermometer not available or visible in cooler; meat and vegetable slicer has food build-up; hair restraints needed by all food prep workers; floors around and under equipment has grease build-up and food build-up on wall and floor behind meat and vegetable slicer; dust build-up on walls and ceiling of walk-in-cooler; dumpster not covered, covered with a tarp at this time). Inspected Aug. 8.
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Leon's Pizzeria, 1926 Military Road. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Three (accurate thermometer needed in all refrigerators and freezers, corrected at this time; all storage in and out of refrigerator should be six inches off floor; hair restraints needed by food prep workers, corrected at this time). Inspected Aug. 3.