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Dirty Dining: Heart Attack Grill and two other restaurants tie with 40 demerits each

Dirty Dining: Heart Attack Grill and two other restaurants tie with 40 demerits each

By Daniel Gutierrez. CREATED May 30, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Every week, Action News pays a visit to the valley restaurant cited with the most health violations. This week, there are three different restaurants that tied for the worst inspection. And one location made it clear that our cameras were not welcome. 

Our cameraman was literally pushed out of the Heart Attack Grill.

Action News Contact 13 stopped by the Fremont Street restaurant after it was slapped with a 40 demerit C grade. Just one more demerit and the Southern Nevada Health District would have forced it to close it's doors.

Among the issues, hamburgers stored at the wrong temperature. Plus a mold-like substance was growing in the ice and an unapproved cotton candy machine was being used.

Contact 13 stopped by the Heart Attack Grill to speak with owner Jon Basso, who goes by "Dr. Jon" and asked him about the health inspection.

"Do you have a couple minutes to talk about that?" asks Tricia. "Not really, because we had an unauthorized cotton candy machine," says Dr. Jon. "Okay. so that's it? That's all you want to tell us about this?" asks Tricia. "Yep," says Dr. Jon.

Our camera watched as Dr. Jon walked away. But when we didn't leave right away, he came back and pushed our cameraman right out the door.

The second restaurant hit with a 40 demerit C grade was the Salza Grill House, inside the Q Mall swap meet on East Tropicana Avenue near U.S.95.

Problems included live roaches, expired chicken soup, and raw shrimp left uncovered. The swap meet was closed when we stopped by but we reached owner Gustavo Salinas by phone. He tells Contact 13 he believes his restaurant is clean, but says he's making all the necessary changes.

The final restaurant also slapped with a 40 demerit C grade was El Azteca Taqueria on East Charleston Boulevard near Lamb.

Inspectors found foods like lettuce and cheese at the wrong temperature. Beef was also improperly thawing and an unapproved freezer meant for household use only was being used.

Contact 13 spoke with employees at the restaurant, but were told there was no owner or manager available to speak with us about their inspection.

The Southern Nevada Health District tells Contact 13 that all three restaurants are still operating with a 40 demerit C grade. A reinspection hasn't been scheduled yet for any of the restaurants.