29 eateries get top rating from health officials

Steve Zillinger can’t wait to frame his restaurant’s latest award.

Zillinger’s business, My Favorite Muffin & Bagel Cafe, was one of 29 recipients of the 2008 Blue Ribbon Award from the Mesa County Board of Health.

The Board of Health hands out Blue Ribbon Awards annually to food-service establishments that receive no critical violations during unannounced inspections for an entire calendar year.

“The award will be right up front by where we make our smoothies,” Zillinger said. “We have to get another frame, but you’ll be seeing it up there.”

Critical violations are anything potentially associated with a food-borne illness, such as employees not washing hands in designated sinks or temperatures of meat not being cold enough, said Darleen McKissen of the Board of Health.

Food-service establishments eligible to receive the Blue Ribbon Award must serve a “full service” menu, provide seating and be open to the general public.

Blue Ribbon recipients

The following 29 Mesa County food-service establishments received no critical violations during unannounced inspections in 2008 by the Mesa County Board of Health:
•  Beans about Beans, 759 Horizon Drive, Suite F

•  Blink Coffee Company, 11011 Colorado Highway 65, Mesa

• Burger King No. 1267, 1730 North Ave.

• Burger King No. 2350, 233 N. First St.

•  Burger King No. 3781, 3210 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton

•  Cookies Outlaw Cafe, 2493 U.S. Highway 6&50, No. 4

•  Diorios of Palisade, 309 W. Eighth St.

• The Drive-In, 57482 Colorado Highway 330, Collbran

•  Fraps & Wraps, 150 W. Main St., Unit C

•  The Glacier Ice Arena, 2515 Riverside Parkway

•  Il Bistro Italiano, 400 Main St.

•  Kentucky Fried Chicken Clifton, 3219 F Road, Clifton

•  Main Street Cafe, 504 Main St.

•  McDonalds of Fruita, 555 Jurassic Court, Fruita

•  Mesa Lakes Lodge & Resort, 3619 Colorado Highway 65, Mesa

•  Munchies Deli & Pizza, 319 West Aspen, Fruita

•  My Favorite Muffin & Bagel Cafe, 683 Horizon Drive, Suite 109

•  Pablo’s Pizza, 319 Main St.

•  Palisade Cafe, 113 W. Third St., Palisade

•  Pizza Hut No. 772, 705 Horizon Drive

•  Powderhorn Resort, 4828 Powderhorn Road, Mesa

•  Qdoba Mexican Grill, 592 32 Road, Unit B, Clifton

•  Red Pear Grill, 2889 North Avenue, No. 7

•  Side Pocket Grill, 476 28 Road

• Slice O Life Bakery, 105 W. Third St., Palisade

• Taco Bell No. 2080, 2428 U.S. Highway 6&50

•  Taco Bell No. 5011, 736 Horizon Drive

•  UTEC-Snack Bar, 2508 Blichmann Ave.

•  Vega Lodge Resort, 67270 64 6/10 Road, Collbran


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