BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JANUARY 27: Chinese cooks Woo (L), Yan work at the newly opened Chinese restaurant on January 27, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq. A group of Chinese people have opened a restaurant serving Chinese food in Karrada neighborhood of Baghdad. The opening of the restaurant is seen as a sign of normality in Baghdad which has witnessed a lot of attacks against non-Iraqi persons. (Photo by Wathiq Khuzai /Getty Images)

I love Chinese food. Who doesn’t?

But reading the weekly health inspector’s list about area restaurants is making me think twice about re-visiting one of my favorites. But I’m compelled to find out from week to week who’s IS on the list. Inspectors are out in the Tampa Bay area for our benefit, making sure our favorite eateries are up to code.

Sure enough, one of my FAVORITE Chinese restaurants ended up on the list this week, with the most violations, according to Channel 8.

Yummy House China Bistro on East Hillsborough in Tampa had 31 violations. They tout that they sell grouper… but it upon closer inspection… it’s NOT grouper. It was some other kind of fish called “Swai.” (I’ve heard this kind of switch-up is common.) Employees were also caught not washing their hands when they were required to. Gross!

Hong Kong House on Fowler in Tampa had almost as many issues with 28 violations.

Others with the highest number of violations on this week’s report include:

  • La Casita Grocery & Restaurant in Ruskin
  • Skinny’s Bar & Grill in Hudson
  • Shark Tales in St. Pete Beach
  • Huarache Azteca in Dunedin
  • U Poke Spot in Tampa

I haven’t tried any of these places listed above. But it does look like I will be looking for a new Chinese restaurant though.

Any suggestions?



Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .