A fishy situation contributed to the “F” grade given to a Tioga eatery by the Grayson County Health Department.


The GCHD 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.


Texas Oasis, 228 S. Ray Roberts Pkwy, received the failing grade on its inspection back at the end of November.


The inspection report said the ice machine was observed in the same area where the bait minnows were stored. The public was allowed to walk into the kitchen and use the microwave while the inspector was there. Additionally, the inspector found “rodent-like droppings” in the cabinet in the self serve area.


Additionally, the cooler in the prep area was found to have a “heavy accumulation of rust and water.” And the establishment didn’t have a certified food service manager on duty when the inspector arrived. The establishment was told it needs to make sure all staff are food service manager-certified since they each work alone. The report also said the kitchen was closed until all items noted on the report were corrected and the Health Department performed a follow-up inspection. That inspection was subsequently performed and they were allowed to reopen the kitchen.


The following establishments received “C” grades on their most recent inspections:


Southern Maid Donuts-Lamar, 1725 E. Lamar, in Sherman;


Lucky Stop, 2826 W. Morton Street, in Denison;


Logan’s Roadhouse, 3700 Hwy. 75 North, in Sherman;


Diamond Crown Store, 317 N. Hwy 377, in Collinsville.


The following eateries received “B” grades on their most recent inspections:


Italian Affair, 104 North Woods, in Sherman;


Get & Go, 2001 S. Crockett Street, in Sherman;


Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 211 N. Hwy. 75, in Denison;


VFW Lake Texoma Post 7873, 250 V.F.W. Drive, in Pottsboro.


The following establishments received an “A” grades on their most recent inspections:


Caterpillar, 3501 S. FM Hwy. 1417, in Denison;


Scott Middle School, 1901 S. Mirick Ave., in Denison;


Quik Trip, 6120 Hwy. 75 North, in Sherman;


Starbucks Coffee, 5131 S. U.S. Hwy. 75, in Denison;


Higher Grounds Coffee House, 601 N. Union, in Whitesboro;


Las Haciendas Mexican Grill, 2400 East Hwy. 82, in Whitesboro;


Grab N Go, 101 Hwy. 120 West, in Pottsboro;


Hannah’s BBQ, 83493 N. Hwy. 289, in Pottsboro;


Texoma Retreat Center, 269 Methodist Lane, in Pottsboro;


Medina’s, 205 Gene Autry Dr., in Tioga;


Tejas Mexican Grill, 1209 N. Pecan, in Bells;


Holiday Inn Express-Sherman, 2909 Michelle Dr., in Sherman;


Hot ‘n Creamy Donuts No. 1 Sherman, 717 W. Lamar St., in Sherman;


B McDaniel Middle School, 400 Lillis Ln., in Denison;


Mayes Elementary School, 201 Jennie Ln., in Denison;


Montessori Academy of North Texas, 906 Cottonwood, in Sherman;


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


Two Brothers Hibachi Mobile, 917 E. Centennial, in Sherman;


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


Walmart Bakery, 401 E. Hwy. 82, in Sherman


Walmart Deli, 401 E. Hwy 82, in Sherman;


Family Dollar Pottsboro, 102 W. FM 120, in Pottsboro;


Track’s, 109 N. Woods St., in Sherman;


Antojitos Y Mas, 901 E. Lamar, in Sherman.