These 18 restaurants in Niagara County had health inspection violations last month. Dining out can be convenient and even a treat for a special occasion, but we often don't know what's happening in the kitchen. Is it clean? Are there pests? Are employees following hygiene rules? Thankfully, Niagara County has published a list of restaurants that had multiple or critical health code violations during their latest inspections in October.

1. CATARACT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
6431 GIRARD AVENUE, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 4A- Critical Violation [RED] Toxic chemicals are improperly labeled, stored or used so that contamination of food can occur.

2. LAHORI FRIED CHICKEN & GYRO
1738 PIERCE AVENUE, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 8A- Food not protected during storage, preparation, display, transportation and service, from potential sources of contamination (e.g., food uncovered, mislabeled, stored on floor, missing or inadequate sneeze guards, food containers double stacked).
Item 11C- Food contact surfaces not washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any time of operations when contamination may have occurred.
Item 14A- Insects, rodents present.

3. WENDY'S #515/5450
6020 PORTER ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 5A- Critical Violation [RED] Potentially hazardous foods are not kept at or below 45°F during cold holding, except smoked fish not kept at or below 38°F during cold holding.
Item 11A- Manual facilities inadequate, technique incorrect; mechanical facilities not operated in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
Item 12E- Handwashing facilities inaccessible, improperly located, dirty, in disrepair, improper fixtures, soap, and single service towels or hand drying devices missing.

4. THE GRAIN TAP HOUSE
1693 QUAKER ROAD, BARKER

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Item 5E- Critical Violation [RED] Enough refrigerated storage equipment is not present, properly designed, maintained or operated so that all potentially hazardous foods are cooled properly and stored below 45°F as required.
Item 8A- Food not protected during storage, preparation, display, transportation and service, from potential sources of contamination (e.g., food uncovered, mislabeled, stored on floor, missing or inadequate sneeze guards, food containers double stacked)
Item 10B- Non-food contact surfaces and equipment are improperly designed, constructed, installed, maintained (equipment not readily accessible for cleaning, surface not smooth finish).
Item 15B- Lighting and ventilation inadequate, fixtures not shielded, dirty ventilation hoods, ductwork, filters, exhaust fans.

5. GAGSTER'S RESTAURANT
708 EAST MARKET STREET, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 8E- Accurate thermometers not available or used to evaluate refrigerated or heated storage temperatures.
Item 11D- Non food contact surfaces of equipment not clean.
Item 12E- Handwashing facilities inaccessible, improperly located, dirty, in disrepair, improper fixtures, soap, and single service towels or hand drying devices missing.
Item 15A- Floors, walls, ceilings, not smooth, properly constructed, in disrepair, dirty surfaces.

6. CASA NOVA RESTAURANT
3041 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 10B- Non-food contact surfaces and equipment are improperly designed, constructed, installed, maintained (equipment not readily accessible for cleaning, surface not smooth finish).
Item 15B- Lighting and ventilation inadequate, fixtures not shielded, dirty ventilation hoods, ductwork, filters, exhaust fans.

7. STEVIE V'S PIZZERIA
6318 ROBINSON ROAD, LOCKPORT

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Item 2E- Critical Violation [RED] Accurate thermometers not available or used to evaluate potentially hazardous food temperatures during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
Item 8E- Accurate thermometers not available or used to evaluate refrigerated or heated storage temperatures.
Item 10B- Non-food contact surfaces and equipment are improperly designed, constructed, installed, maintained (equipment not readily accessible for cleaning, surface not smooth finish).
Item 11B- Wiping cloths dirty, not stored properly in sanitizing solutions.
Item 12D- Toilet facilities inadequate, inconvenient, dirty, in disrepair, toilet paper missing, not self-closing doors, missing hand wash signs.
Item 12E- Handwashing facilities inaccessible, improperly located, dirty, in disrepair, improper fixtures, soap, and single service towels or hand drying devices missing.
Item 15A- Floors, walls, ceilings, not smooth, properly constructed, in disrepair, dirty surfaces.
Item 15B- Lighting and ventilation inadequate, fixtures not shielded, dirty ventilation hoods, ductwork, filters, exhaust fans.

8. THE CLUB HOUSE
3386 NIAGARA FALLS BOULEVARD, NORTH TONAWANDA

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Item 10B- Non-food contact surfaces and equipment are improperly designed, constructed, installed, maintained (equipment not readily accessible for cleaning, surface not smooth finish).
Item 11A- Manual facilities inadequate, technique incorrect; mechanical facilities not operated in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.

9. MC DONALD'S
1726 PINE AVENUE, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 11A- Manual facilities inadequate, technique incorrect; mechanical facilities not operated in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
Item 11D- Non food contact surfaces of equipment not clean.
Item 15A- Floors, walls, ceilings, not smooth, properly constructed, in disrepair, dirty surfaces.

10. TIM HORTONS #9305
3024 PINE AVENUE, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 8A- Food not protected during storage, preparation, display, transportation and service, from potential sources of contamination (e.g., food uncovered, mislabeled, stored on floor, missing or inadequate sneeze guards, food containers double stacked).
Item 11C- Food contact surfaces not washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any time of operations when contamination may have occurred.
Item 11D- Non food contact surfaces of equipment not clean.

11. AARON MOSSELL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
160 PASSAIC AVENUE, LOCKPORT

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Item 10B- Non-food contact surfaces and equipment are improperly designed, constructed, installed, maintained (equipment not readily accessible for cleaning, surface not smooth finish).
Item 12C- Plumbing and sinks not properly sized, installed, maintained; equipment and floors not properly drained.

12. OLYMPIA NORTH FAMILY RESTAURANT
3312 NIAGARA FALLS BOULEVARD, NORTH TONAWANDA

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Item 4A- Critical Violation [RED] Toxic chemicals are improperly labeled, stored or used so that contamination of food can occur.
Item 8A- Food not protected during storage, preparation, display, transportation and service, from potential sources of contamination (e.g., food uncovered, mislabeled, stored on floor, missing or inadequate sneeze guards, food containers double stacked).
Item 8B- In use food dispensing utensils improperly stored.
Item 15B- Lighting and ventilation inadequate, fixtures not shielded, dirty ventilation hoods, ductwork, filters, exhaust fans.

13. ANTONIO'S RESTAURANT
7708 NIAGARA FALLS BOULEVARD, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 11D- Non food contact surfaces of equipment not clean.
Item 15A- Floors, walls, ceilings, not smooth, properly constructed, in disrepair, dirty surfaces.

14. 2210 PIZZERIA, INC.
2210 NIAGARA STREET, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 2E- Critical Violation [RED] Accurate thermometers not available or used to evaluate potentially hazardous food temperatures during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
Item 5C- Critical Violation [RED] Potentially hazardous foods are not stored under refrigeration except during necessary preparation or approved precooling procedures (room temperature storage).
Item 6A- Critical Violation [RED] Potentially hazardous foods are not kept at or above 140°F during hot holding.
Item 12C- Plumbing and sinks not properly sized, installed, maintained; equipment and floors not properly drained.
Item 12D- Toilet facilities inadequate, inconvenient, dirty, in disrepair, toilet paper missing, not self-closing doors, missing hand wash signs.
Item 15B- Lighting and ventilation inadequate, fixtures not shielded, dirty ventilation hoods, ductwork, filters, exhaust fans.

15. NIAGARA HOTEL
58 NORTH TRANSIT STREET, LOCKPORT

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Item 12D- Toilet facilities inadequate, inconvenient, dirty, in disrepair, toilet paper missing, not self-closing doors, missing hand wash signs.
Item 15B- Lighting and ventilation inadequate, fixtures not shielded, dirty ventilation hoods, ductwork, filters, exhaust fans.

16. CRAFT COFFEE HOUSE LLC
6612 CAMPBELL BOULEVARD, LOCKPORT

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Item 1D- Critical Violation [RED] Canned foods found in poor conditions (leakers, severe dents, rusty, swollen cans).
Item 5B- Critical Violation [RED] Potentially hazardous foods are not cooled by an approved method where the food temperature can be reduced from 120oF to 70oF or less within two hours and 70oF to 45oF within four hours.
Item 14B- Effective measures not used to control entrance (rodent-, insect-proof contruction). Harborage areas available for rodents, insects and other vermin.
Item 15A- Floors, walls, ceilings, not smooth, properly constructed, in disrepair, dirty surfaces.

17. THE CADENCE
200 RAINBOW BOULEVARD, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 5C- Critical Violation [RED] Potentially hazardous foods are not stored under refrigeration except during necessary preparation or approved precooling procedures (room temperature storage).
Item 11A- Manual facilities inadequate, technique incorrect; mechanical facilities not operated in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
Item 12E- Handwashing facilities inaccessible, improperly located, dirty, in disrepair, improper fixtures, soap, and single service towels or hand drying devices missing.
Item 15A- Floors, walls, ceilings, not smooth, properly constructed, in disrepair, dirty surfaces.

18. THE PUNJABI HUT
26 NIAGARA STREET, NIAGARA FALLS

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Item 2E- Critical Violation [RED] Accurate thermometers not available or used to evaluate potentially hazardous food temperatures during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
Item 12D- Toilet facilities inadequate, inconvenient, dirty, in disrepair, toilet paper missing, not self-closing doors, missing hand wash signs.
Item 14B- Effective measures not used to control entrance (rodent-, insect-proof contruction). Harborage areas available for rodents, insects and other vermin.

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