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Dirty Dining: Salo Salo Grill

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Dirty Dining: Salo Salo Grill

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Jan 22, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There's no nice way to say this: It's a roach-fest on Dirty Dining this week.

Salo Salo means "family style,"  and judging by the health district's pictures, they're certainly living up to their name. The health inspector found whole roach families at Salo Salo Grill.

As a result of that and much more, the Filipino restaurant on South Jones racked up 36 demerits and a "C" grade at its Jan. 8 inspection.

"I'm very, very upset with the outcome of the inspection," said owner Marie Lim.

Lim takes a realistic approach to the roach situation.

"What about the roaches? We both agree the picture looks bad. What do you tell customers about that?" asked Contact 13's Darcy Spears.

"Oh yes, I definitely I won't lie. Tell me every restaurant there is that doesn't have those insects," said Lim.

She said the roach motel was up here on top of the water heater. Next to the fly zapper.

"But it's not on the food itself," she emphasized.

As for the food, fish, beef, pork, chicken and sauces in the fridge weren't labeled or dated. 

"We were just in the middle of prepping and she did not give us enough time to label those things."

A lot of those things were at unsafe temperatures. A repeat violation according to the report.

In fact the whole fridge unit was red-tagged.

There was also food stored on the floor to cool.

"The pot was so hot, and obviously when it's so hot and heavy, all they need to do is just put it on the floor and just ready for the cart, to be put on the cart."

The dishwasher was being used without sanitizer. Lim said they didn't know the unit had run out.

But the health report shows stuff being washed in the sink wasn't being sanitized either.

Lim blames most of their problems on the health inspector.

"I feel this is more of a discrimination. When she came in, she came in unaccordingly, not introducing herself, just barged in the kitchen. And I think her main target is to find something else that she could complain about."

We found areas of the kitchen that didn't look too clean.

And we caught a violation in progress. Employees are not allowed to handle ready-to-eat food with their bare hands.

As for what else the inspector found? Cracked and broken ceiling tiles and walls dirty with build-up.

"I don't know what she meant by dirty walls," said Lim. "Maybe she has a different meaning of being dirty and clean."

Salo Salo has to attend a supervisory conference with the health district before they can be reinspected. 

At that conference, the owner said they plan to request a new health inspector. 

For now, they still have a C grade.

Darcy Spears

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.