Jacksonville, FLA. - Among the beautiful oak trees and Spanish moss the Club Continental sits right along the Saint Johns River in Orange Park. The club website boasts fine dining, fresh seafood and prime meats at a premier waterfront location... but this week the state health inspector found 19 violations here 13 of them were critical.
Top round meat was found in the kitchen four days after it should have been thrown out, the inspector found a moldy tomato, an employee was seen touching corn with their bare hands and the hand wash sink wasn't accessible at all times. You can see the state report here.
When we asked to see the manager, Sheldon Harris came out right away. We asked him for a response to Club Continental landing at the top of the critical violations list this week.
Harris says, "We wouldn't do as well as we do here if we ignored problems." He went on to say he considers all the violations minor and that they were all taken care of right away.
When we asked to see inside the kitchen Harris said, "I can't right now. I would love to but I'm busy right now. I didn't expect you and if you had called and made an appointment I would have been all ready for you."
We asked one more time to see inside the kitchen. Harris answered back quickly, "Um... no. I'm busy right now. You caught me at a bad time."
Here are the other restaurants at the top of the list this week with critical violations.
At Whitey's Fish Camp there were 13 critical violations including live flies in the kitchen.You can see the state report here.
At Wendy's on Mayport Crossing Road in Atlantic Beach there were 13 critical violations including an employee handling raw burgers and then going back to the grill without properly washing hands. You can see the state report here.
The following restaurants had zero health violations and get our clean plate award of the week!
ATLANTIC DRYDOCK: HECKSCHER DRIVE
CHUBBY BOYS ROASTERS: CESERY BLVD
THE JENKS HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST INN: POST STREET
HAMPTON INN & SUITES DEERWOOD PARK: SOUTHSIDE BLVD
ST JOHNS SUITES: JEFFERSON ROAD
ANDO'S RED HOTS: ST AUGUSTINE ROAD
RITTER'S FINEST: A1A
MOTHER FLETCHER'S: DOBBS ROAD
If you would like to search for a restaurant report click here
If you would like to make a complaint with the state click here