Flies in the rice, shrimp and flour, roaches falling in restaurants failing inspection

We were starting to wonder if inspectors were giving South Florida restaurants more leeway after Rona re-opening. Turns out, they were just waiting for the other roach to fall and the other fly to land.

After two low volume weeks, the Sick and Shut Down List contains six restaurants representing three counties. Let’s get to it.

What follows comes from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation restaurant inspections. If you see a problem in a restaurant, don’t email us. Go here and file a complaint. We don’t control who gets inspected or how strictly. We report without passion or prejudice, but with a doggie bag of humor.

And we go in alphabetical order:

Chicos Restaurant, 4070 W. 12th Ave., Hialeah: Chicos didn’t have a good encounter with The Man.

Let’s start with the 55 live roaches, over 20 of which were on the wall behind the cookline and

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Our food reviewer finds something to like at 5 new restaurants

The restaurant business is tough at the best of times, but opening during a pandemic, when diners often couldn’t even enter your restaurant? That levels up the difficulty to a mind-boggling degree. Several Sacramento eateries whose opening plans collided with a historic crisis have waded into the fray, trying to build a customer base through word of mouth, takeout and delivery.

Some newcomers have done well with casual, focused menus, including street food like tacos and other items well adapted to takeout. Madar Afghan Fusion Street Food — the area’s first to focus on Afghan and Uzbeki street food — was in the works for eight months. The Roshan siblings’ new restaurant is a tribute to their mom’s home cooking (the name means Mother), with dough made from scratch to their mother’s specifications for their bolani (filled flatbread) and tandoor-baked samosas — a popular Uzbeki street food, according to brother

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