Restaurant News & Reviews

The latest list of Lexington restaurants on probation, all 111 of them. And how they got there.

Editor’s note: Due to an error by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, this list of restaurants on probation originally mistakenly included the restaurant at 395 South Limestone. Crumzz is not on probation.

Since 2015, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has placed restaurants and food service providers on probation when they fail an inspection with a score of 84 or lower, or when they have a critical violation that cannot be immediately remedied.

As of mid-September, there were more than 100 restaurants and food service providers on probation, with nine more added last month. The Herald-Leader plans to update readers periodically on restaurants that are on the list. You can also search by restaurant in the Herald-Leader’s online database of inspections.

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Three food service establishments came off probation last month: Critchfield Meats, Papa John’s Pizza on Harrodsburg, and Sahara.

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Restaurants come off probation after they pass two consecutive regular inspections without any critical violations. Critical violations are those deemed by the FDA to have the highest potential to affect the public health adversely, such as a lack of hand-washing or improper dish sanitizing.

Restaurants on probation are inspected three times a year instead of two; the increased scrutiny is designed to catch potential health hazards, said Luke Mathis, team leader for environmental health.

Here are the restaurants currently on probation, when they were placed on probation and why, and their latest scores, according to the health department:

Since 2015:

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Happy Panda, 117 Town Center Drive, has been on probation since Dec. 2, 2015 for repeated failures but the latest health department score was 94 on April 24, 2018. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
  • Happy Panda, 117 Town Center Drive, on probation since 12/2/2015 for repeated failures. Latest score was 94 on 4/24/18.

  • Penn Station, 1080 S. Broadway, Suite 101, on probation since 10/7/2015 for repeated failures. Latest score was 92 on 5/16/18.

Since 2016:

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Asian Bistro, 4224 Saron Drive, on probation since April 1, 2016 for repeated failures. Latest health department score was 97 on Aug. 8, 2018. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
  • Asian Bistro, 4224 Saron Drive, on probation since 4/1/2016 for repeated failures. Latest score was 97 on 8/8/18.

  • El Gran Tako, 1801 Alexandria Drive, on probation since 6/3/2016 for repeated failures. Latest score was 97 on 4/9/18.

  • Golden Corral, 185 E. New Circle Road, on probation since 10/27/2016 for repeated failures. Latest score was 89 on 5/30/18.
  • La Cabana, 1414 Bryan Ave., on probation since 3/18/2016 for repeated failures (in March they scored 57.) Latest score was 90 on 3/30/18.

  • Lexington Country Club, 2550 Paris Pike, on probation since 12/13/2016 for repeated failures. Latest score was 98 on 8/3/18.

  • Neighborhood Grocery, 215 E. Seventh Street, on probation since 4/12/2016 for repeated failures. Latest score was 80 on 8/1/18.

  • Red Bang Bang Sushi, 3801 Mall Rd., on probation since 9/30/2016 for repeated failures. Latest score was 96 on 7/20/18.

  • Soup Kitchen, 376 Southland Dr., on probation since 9/28/2016 for repeated failures. Latest score was 89 on 4/4/18.

Since 2017:

  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 4009 Nicholasville Road, on probation since 12/4/2017 for dishwasher not sanitizing and a score of 82. Latest score was 96 on 5/1/18.

  • Bangkok House, 275 Avenue Of Champions- Basement, on probation since 1/19/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 95 on 6/20/18.

  • Bluegrass Mart, 464 Squires Circle, on probation since 9/11/2017. Latest score was 94 on 5/24/18.

  • Caramanda’s Bake Shop, 332 Southland Dr., on probation since 11/6/2017 for violation involving persons with infections not properly restricted or reported and toxic items improperly stored. Latest score was 98 7/16/18.

  • Carino’s, 2333 Sir Barton Way, on probation since 3/1/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 80 on 7/31/18.

  • Champs Skate Center, 297 Ruccio Way, on probation since 10/24/2017 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 99 on 5/29/18.

  • China Kitchen, 3094 Richmond Road, Suite 180, on probation since 8/4/2017 for dishwasher not sanitizing and a score of 78. Latest score was 95 on 4/12/18.

  • Chop House, 2640 Richmond Road, on probation since 3/20/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 97 on 4/20/18.
  • Frisch’s Restaurant, 1849 Alysheba Way, on probation since 12/18/2017 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 100 on 6/21/18.

  • G Mart, 2353 Paris Pike, on probation since 10/17/2017 for unsafe food temps and a score of 71. Latest score was 92 on 8/20/18.

  • Golden Buffet, 2907 Richmond Road, on probation since 9/21/2017 for unwashed hands or unhygienic practices, dishwasher not sanitizing and evidence of insects or rodents and a score of 75. Latest score was 97 on 8/1/18.

  • Happy Dragon, 1510 Newtown Pike, on probation since 5/9/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 95 on 7/6/18.

  • Idle Hour Country Club, 1815 Richmond Road, on probation since 12/6/2017 for lack of a variance for reduced oxygen packaging such as is used in sous vide cooking. Latest score was 98 on 6/27/18.

  • KY Blended Nutrition, 128 Burt Rd., on probation since 12/18/2017 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score of 98 on 6/15/18.

  • Lafayette at Country Place, 690 Mason Headley Road, on probation since 6/5/2017 for signs on insects or rodents and a score of 84. Latest score was 97 on 7/30/18.

  • Life Brewpub, 2628 Richmond Road, on probation since 12/8/2017 for lack of hot water. Latest score was 99 on 5/10/18. Now closed.

  • Louie’s Wine Dive, 854 E. High Street, on probation since 5/22/2017 for repeated failures, including lack of handwashing or unhygienic practices, dishwasher not sanitizing and signs of insects or rodents. Latest score was 91 on 6/25/18.

  • Lucky Hibachi Buffet, 180 E. New Circle Road, on probation since 5/23/2017 for repeated failures (in February, they scored 56.) Latest score was 94 on 5/2/18.

  • Lynagh’s Shamrock Bar & Grill, 154 Patchen Drive, on probation since 3/20/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 92 on 8/8/18.

  • Mr. Kabob, 2901 Richmond Road, on probation since 1/10/2017 for lack of handwashing or unhygienic practices. Latest score was 94 on 7/20/18.

  • New Great Wall, 393 Waller Ave., on probation since 6/2/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 100 on 4/27/18.

  • Old Chicago, 1924 Pavillion Way, on probation since 1/12/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 96 on 6/4/18.

  • Panda Cuisine, 2358 Nicholasville Road, on probation since 5/3/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 89 on 6/6/18.
  • Phillip’s Grocery and Deli, 553 S. Limestone, on probation since 5/3/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 90 on 6/5/18.

  • Puccini’s, 3801 Dylan Place, Suite 150, on probation since 5/15/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 95 on 6/20/18.

  • Puccini’s Pizza, 833 Chevy Chase Place, on probation since 5/8/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 98 on 5/17/18.

  • Richie’s Restaurant, 325 Roosevelt Blvd., on probation since 4/14/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 94 on 8/9/18.
  • Saul Good Restaurant and Pub, 3801 Mall Rd., on probation since 11/28/2017 for lack of hot water and a score of 84. Latest score was 95 on 5/21/18.

  • Shakespeare & Co., 367 W. Short Street, on probation since 6/26/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 98 on 4/16/18.

  • Super Mercada Aquacalientes, 1424 Alexandria Drive, on probation since 6/26/2017 for unsafe food conditions, lack of hand washing or unhygienic practices and a score of 85. Latest score was 93 on 8/10/18.

  • Tandoor Indian, 3146 Maple Leaf Drive, Suite 110, on probation since 12/15/2017 for lack of handwashing or unhygienic practices and unsafe food conditions. Latest score was 100 on 6/19/18.

  • Tekka Grill & Sushi, 2300 Sir Barton Way, Suite 110, on probation since 12/29/2017 for repeated failures. Latest score was 97 on 7/2/18.

  • Tortilleria Ramirez, 1429 Alexandria Drive, on probation since 9/20/2017 for unsafe food conditions, lack of hand washing or unhygienic practices and a score of 75. Latest score was 93 on 7/12/18.

  • Wah Mei, 4750 Hartland Parkway, Suite 110, on probation since 8/30/2017 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 94 on 5/2/18.

Placed on probation so far this year:

  • NEW A Taste of India, 2467 Nicholasville Road, on probation since 8/30/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 92 on 8/30/18.
  • Asian Too, 3401 Nicholaville Rd., on probation since 4/23/2018 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices, dishwasher not sanitizing and a score of 82. Latest score was 93 on 5/8/18.

  • Athenian Grill at Fritz Farms, 119 Marion, Suite 110 & 120, on probation since 3/16/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing and a score of 83. Latest score of 100 on 8/7/18.

  • Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, 115 North Locust Hill, on probation since 1/8/2018 for unsafe spoiled food conditions. Latest score was 95 on 5/3/18.

  • Black Pearl Kiosk, 3401 Nicholasville Rd., on probation since 2/1/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score of 98 on 6/13/18.

  • Blue Reef - Sushi & Grill, 1080 S. Broadway, on probation since 7/5/2018 for unsafe food conditions, lack of hand washing or other unhygienic practices and a score of 84. Latest score of 98 on 7/18/18.

  • Bluefire Bar and Grill, 401 W. High Street, on probation since 7/12/2018 for signs of insects or rodents, toxic items improperly stored, and a score of 82. Latest score of 97 on 7/25/18.

  • Bob Evans Restaurant, 2341 Buena Vista Road, on probation since 3/2/2018 for lack of hand wash or other unhygienic practices, toxic items improperly stored and a score of 75. Latest score of 90 on 3/15/18.

  • Catholic Action Center, 1055 Industry Road, on probation since 5/24/2018 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices and a score of 79. Latest score of 100 on 6/25/18.

  • Cheddar’s, 3094 Helmsdale Place, on probation since 2/16/2018 for unsafe food, lack of hand washing or other unhygienic practices, toxic items improperly stores and a score of 72. Latest score was 85 on 3/5/18.
  • Citgo Food Mart, 705 Loudon Ave., on probation since 2/13/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 96 on 6/15/18.

  • Core Life Eatery, 4040 Finn Way Ste. 110, on probation since 8/8/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 86 on 8/8/18.

  • Cosi Restaurant, 1890 Star Shoot Parkway, on probation since 3/7/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 92 on 8/8/18. Now closed.

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Denny’s at 188 Newtown Pike was added to the Lexington health department’s probation list after an inspection found a variety of issues. The restaurant scored 72 on the inspection in September. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
  • NEW Denny’s, 188 Newtown Pike, on probation since 9/11/18 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices, flies in washroom & mop sink and a score of 72. Latest score was 72 on 9/11/18.
  • Donut Days, 185 Southland Dr., on probation since 7/18/2018 for signs of insects or rodents. Latest score was 97 on 8/1/18.

  • El Milagro Dos, 1545 Alexandria Dr., on probation since 3/30/2018 for unsafe food temp and lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices. Latest score was 96 on 5/15/18.

  • Firehouse Subs, 1781 Sharkey Way, on probation since 5/10/2018 for lack of hand washing or other unhygienic practices. Latest score was 100 on 5/24/18.

  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard, 2500 Polo Club Blvd. on probation since 1/30/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 93 on 2/16/18.

  • Giovanni’s of New Circle, 128 E. New Circle Road, on probation since 1/22/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score of 97 was on 5/22/18.

  • Grand Tako, 340 E. New Circle Road, Suite 100, on probation since 1/22/2018 for lack of hand washing or other unhygienic practices and a score of 74. Latest score was 98 on 2/9/18.

  • Jalapeno’s, 3130 Maple Leaf Drive, on probation since 5/4/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 96 on 5/18/18.

  • Jamba Juice, 535 S. Upper St., on probation since 6/21/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 94 on 7/18/18.

  • Jin Jin Chinese Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road Plaza, on probation since 5/21/2018 for unsafe food temps, lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices. Latest score was 97 on 6/7/18.

  • KFC-Pizza Hut, 1907 Plaudit Place, on probation since 2/1/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 92 on 7/30/18.

  • Kroger L-721, 4750 Hartland Parkway, on probation since 2/14/2018 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices and a score of 77. Latest score as 98 on 6/18/18.

  • Lee’s Garden, 680 Lima Drive, on probation since 5/3/2018 for unsafe food conditions, signs of insects or rodents and a score of 62. Latest score was 95 on 6/11/18.

  • Lighthouse Ministries, 190 Spruce Street, on probation since 5/2/2018 for signs of bugs or rodents. Latest score was 100 on 5/18/18.

  • Logan’s Roadhouse, 140 Rojay Dr., on probation since 5/23/2018 for unsafe food temp. Latest score was 99 on 6/7/18.

  • Loudon’s Square Buffet, 801 N Broadway, on probation since 8/9/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 93 on 8/9/18.

  • Lundy’s of Lexington, 1389 Pridemore Court,on probation since 5/9/2018 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices and a score of 84. Latest score was 100 on 5/22/18.

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Mad Mushroom of UK at 561 South Broadway was placed on health department probation after an inspection found an employee eating, drinking and smoking in an unauthorized area and dirty walls, ceiling and floors. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com


  • NEW Mad Mushroom of UK, 561 South Broadway, on probation since 9/6/18 for unhygienic employee practices. Latest score was 90 on 9/6/18.

  • Mayfair Village, 10 Tates Creek Road, on probation since 1/8/2018 for signs of insects or rodents. Latest score was 100 on 5/14/18.

  • McAlister’s Deli, 836 Euclid Ave., on probation since 1/11/2018 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices and dishwasher not sanitizing.Latest score was 95 on 4/25/18.

  • Mellow Mushroom, 200 Lexington Green Circle, on probation since 1/24/2018 for unsafe food temps. Latest score was 100 on 6/11/18.

  • Mellow Mushroom, 503 S. Upper St., on probation since 3/16/2018 for unsafe food temp, lack of handwahing or other hygienic practices and a score of 83. Latest score was 96 on 7/23/18.

  • Messner Home Residential Care, 708 Hill Rise Court, on probation since 3/9/2018 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices, dishwasher not sanitizing, signs of insects or rodents and a score of 70. Latest score was 96 on 6/14/18.

  • Mimi’s Southern Cooking, 126 E. New Circle Road, on probation since 6/20/2018 for unsafe food temp, lack of hand washing or other unhygienic practices and a score of 64. Latest score was 99 on 7/5/18.

  • Minit Mart, 2297 Thunderstick Drive, on probation since 2/15/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing and a score of 74. Latest score was 98 on 3/8/18.

  • Minit Mart, 4201 Saron Drive, on probation since 7/26/2018 for unsafe food conditions, lack of hand washing or other unhygienic practices and a score of 78. Latest score was 97 on 8/9/18.

  • Mumbai Masal, 102 W. High Street, on probation since 3/1/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 92 on 7/11/18.

  • Off Tha Hookah, 504 Euclid Ave., on probation since 5/16/2018 for no hot water. Latest score was 97 on 6/20/18.

  • Proud Mary, 9079 Old Richmond Road, on probation since 7/29/2018 for repeated failures. Latest score was 97 on 4/12/18.

  • Qdoba, 2630 Richmond Road, on probation since 2/26/2018 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices and a score of 77. Latest score was 97 on 6/15/18.

  • Rally’s, 1214 S. Broadway, on probation since 2/27/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 94 on 6/22/18.

  • Rally’s, 125 New Circle Road, on probation since 1/22/2018 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices and not hot water. Latest score was 95 on 1/23/18.

  • Ramsey’s, 3090 Helmsdale Place, on probation since 6/21/2018 for lack of handwashing or other unhygienic practices, dishwasher not sanitizing and a score of 76. Latest score was 93 on 7/9/18.

  • Ramsey’s, 4391 Old Harrodsburg Road, on probation since 3/27/2018 for a sewage/waste disposal violation. Latest score was 97 on 7/26/18.

  • Ramsey’s, 151 W. Zandale Drive, on probation since 5/17/2018 for unsafe food temps. Latest score was 95 on 5/31/18.

  • Rose Manor, 3057 N. Cleveland Road, on probation since 2/23/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 96 on 7/31/18.

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Shell-Estepp’s Food Mart Deli at 1951 Stanton Way was placed on probation after a health department inspector found pork at room temperature, as well as flies and unclean surfaces. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
  • NEW Shell-Estepp’s Food Mart Deli, 1951 Stanton Way, on probation since 8/20/18 for food (pork) stored at unsafe temperature (76 degrees), unhygienic conditions, evidence of insects or rodents, and a score of 84. Latest score was 84 on 8/20/18.

  • Signature Club, 3256 Lansdowne Drive, on probation since 7/30/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 100 on 5/9/18.

  • Speedway, 447 New Circle Road, on probation since 7/31/2018 for signs on insects or rodents and a score of 78. Latest score was 96 on 1/22/18.

  • Speedway, 900 Winchester Road, on probation since 7/6/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 94 on 7/25/18.

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Stay at the Springhill Suites at 863 South Broadway lately? Its kitchen was placed on health department probation because the dishwasher wasn’t sanitizing properly. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
  • NEW Springhill Suites, 863 South Broadway, on probation since 9/10/18 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 96 on 9/10/18.

  • St. Joseph Hospital, 1 St. Joseph Dr., on probation since 6/22/2018 for signs of insects or rodents. Latest score was 99 on 7/5/18.

  • Steak Express, 125 Southland Drive, on probation since 6/20/2018 for unsafe food condition, dishwasher not sanitizing, signs of insects or rodents, toxic items improperly stored and a score of 75. Latest score was 95 on 7/16/18.

  • Subway, 690 E. New Circle Road, on probation since 1/22/2018 for repeated failures. Latest score was 95 on 5/14/18.

  • Ted’s Montana Grill, 120 Summit At Fritz Farms, Suite 180, on probation since 6/20/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 100 on 7/5/18.

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Thai Street Food Kitchen at 3340 Clays Mill Road was placed on probation after the health department found a phone, keys, medicine and other personal items on food prep surfaces; no hair restraints; no sanitizer in the dishwasher and other violations. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
  • NEW Thai Street Food Kitchen, 3340 Clays Mill Road, on probation since 8/21/18 for unsafe food conditions, unhygienic practices, dishwasher not sanitizing and a score of 83. Latest score was 83 on 8/21/18.

  • The Red Light, 780 N. Limestone Street, on probation since 4/17/2018 for unsafe food conditions, lack of hand washing or other unhygienic practices, toxic items inproperly stored and a score of 79. Latest score of 93 on 5/2/18.

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Did you get a capuccino at the Thornton’s Food Stop at 2291 Elkhorn Road? Health department inspector found evidence of mice in the drawer with the capuccino mix. Now it’s on probation. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
  • NEW Thornton’s Food Stop, 2291 Elkhorn Road, on probation since 8/21/18 for evidence of rodents. Latest score was 92 on 8/21/18.

  • UK Samaritan Hospital, 310 S. Limestone Street, on probation since 5/16/2018 for signs of insects or rodents. Latest score was 98 on 5/30/18.

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Waffle House at 153 Patchen Drive was added to the probation list after the health department found the dishwasher wasn’t properly sanitizing the dishes. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
  • NEW Waffle House, 153 Patchen Drive, on probation since 8/31/18 for dishwasher not sanitizing. Latest score was 94 on 8/31/18.

  • Waffle House, 1912 Plaudit Place, on probation since 3/6/2018 for dishwasher not sanitizing and a score of 83. Latest score was 96 on 8/6/18.

  • NEW Walker’s (formerly known as Bozlie’s), 400 Old Vine Street, No. 108, on probation since 8/15/18 inspection for unsafe food conditions, evidence of insects, missing raw food warnings, unhygienic practices and a score of 84. Latest score was 84 on 8/15/18.

  • Wildcat Market, 552 Columbia Ave., on probation since 8/2/2018 for sign of bugs or rodents. Latest score was 88 on 8/2/18.
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Walker’s (aka Bozlie’s) at 400 Old Vine Street, Suite No. 108, was placed on health department probation after scoring 84 on an August inspection that found flying insects in dry storage and no unsafe food warning on some menus. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com
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