A Local Mexican food place received the lowest passing score on the most recent round of restaurant inspections by the Grayson County Health Department.


The Grayson County Health Department rates restaurants and other establishments that serve food based on their adherence to codes set by the Texas Department of Health. Restaurants are given an “A,” “B,” “C” or “F” score. An “A” means sanitarians reported no or only a few minor violations. Those with a “B” were found to have several minor violations, but nothing major. Restaurants with a “C” might have a major violation or repeat offenses, but in the inspectors’ opinions, nothing bad enough to warrant an “F.” An “A” means sanitarians reported 10 or fewer demerits. Those with a “B” received 11-20 demerits. Restaurants with a “C” had 21-30 demerits and restaurants with “F” ratings received more than 30 demerits.


Arroyo’s Mexican Food, located at 166 North Main Drive in Van Alstyne, received a C on its inspection in early December.


The inspection report for Arroyo’s said that “multiple foods were observed with expired ‘use by’ dates” and were discarded immediately. Additionally the report said that several packets of frozen meats appeared to be discolored and a packet of raw chicken was found to be stored above raw beef.


Two food warming drawers were also observed to be heavily soiled and the staff were told that they must be cleaned daily. Additionally, the inspection noted that no food manager certificates were observed during the inspection. The establishment is supposed to have a minimum of two food managers. The report also said that two-thirds of the food handlers on duty at the time had valid permits and the others did not.


Additionally, multiple pans of food were observed without labels and all food should be labeled and date marked. The report also noted that the establishment was required to close on Dec. 5 due to a sewage back up but was allowed to reopen the next day after the problem had been repaired. Everything that had been prepared on Dec. 5 and the next day was discarded.


The following establishments received a “B” grade:


Hilton Garden Inn, 5015 S. U.S. Highway 75, in Denison;


Chicken Express, 1824 Texoma Parkway, in Sherman;


Walmart Super Center, 401 E. Hwy. 82, in Sherman;


The following establishments received an “A” grade:


Tackle Box, 83924 N. Hwy. 289, in Pottsboro;


Mo’s Grill@Highport, 120 Texoma Harbor Dr., in Pottsboro;


Wakefield Elementary School, 400 Sunset Blvd., in Sherman;


Kroger Food Store No. 824, 1820 Loy Lake Rd., in Sherman;


Fine BBQ, 1743 Texoma Pkwy., in Sherman;


Sherman High School, 2201 E. Lamar, in Sherman;


Armstrong Food Mart, 500 S. Armstrong, in Denison;


Sonic Drive In, 1820 Texoma Pkwy., in Sherman;


Donut Chef, 388 N. Waco, in Van Alstyne;


Sonic Drive In Pottsboro, 202 E. Hwy. 120, in Pottsboro;


Van Alstyne High School, 1722 N. Waco, in Van Alstyne;


Quick Check, 130 Van Alstyne Pkwy., in Van Alstyne;


Cooley Bay Winery, 292 Cartwright Rd., in Van Alstyne;


Red Lobster, 3600 U.S. Hwy. 75 North, in Sherman;


Texoma Christian School, 3500 W. Houston, in Sherman;


Allsup’s Convenience Store, 100 Hwy. 120-East, in Pottsboro;


The Java Stop, 5,700 N. FM 1417, in Sherman;


Fairview Elementary School, 501 W. Taylor St., in Sherman;


Sage Café, 210 W. Houston St., in Sherman;


Lone Star Food Store, 1007 North Travis, in Sherman;


Sory Elementary School, 120 Binkley Park, in Sherman;


Howe Elem/Middle School, 313 Roberts Street, in Howe;


Howe High School, 200 E. Ponderosa, in Howe.