“Best of Philly” 2018 Stove and Tap in Lansdale fumbles 13th inspection since September 2016; utensils stored in container of stagnant water,13 violations

“Best of Philly” 2018 Stove and Tap in Lansdale fumbles 13th inspection since September 2016; utensils stored in container of stagnant water,13 violations

Lansdale, PA

Stove and Tap


The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (MCOPH) conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 2/24/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Stove and Tap in Lansdale was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 13 violations were found and include one or more violations determined to be food borne illness risk factors.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • Hand washing sink observed draining slowly at small upstairs bar. A follow-up inspection will be conducted to ensure that sink drains effectively.

  • 1 quart of half-and-half observed at upstairs bar refrigerator with a sell-by date of 01/30/2020. Facility voluntarily discarded remainder of product during inspection.

  • Facility is not recording date of final sale/consumption/discard on shellstock tags in log book.

  • Inadequate concentration of quaternary ammonium sanitizer observed at sanitizer bucket at cook’s line. Facility adjusted concentration to an approved level during inspection.

  • (2x Repeat) Facility menus currently lack a consumer advisory statement linked to specific menu items via the use of an asterisk (*) or other effective means. Facility menus include an advisory statement, but statement is not linked to specific menu items that may be served raw or cooked-to-order. Failure to correct and maintain multiple repeat violations may lead to further legal action.

  • (3x Repeat) Facility observed using a reduced oxygen packaging (ROP) method to package deli meats. These items observed to be lacking date and time labelling indicating date and time items were packaged. EHS instructed facility on vacuum packaging guidelines without a HACCP plan including requiring foods to be held at 41F or below at all times and inclusion of a discard or remove from packaging date/time not to exceed 48 hours from time of packaging. Facility voluntarily discarded approximately 4lbs of deli ham during inspection. Facility may be subject to issuance of a citation due to continued non-compliance.

  • In-use utensils observed being stored in container of stagnant water at cook’s line.

  • Packages of single-use items observed being stored on the floor in basement dry storage room. Elevate items to a minimum of 6 inches from floor.

  • Facility observed storing single-use containers lacking handles in food containers to be used as scoops.

  • Facility observed washing, sanitizing and re-using single-use containers. These items are not designed to be washed, sanitized, and re-used.

  • Facility observed using masking tape labels on containers and squeeze bottles, and is not fully removing these labels prior to washing, rinsing and sanitizing.

  • Facility observed lining drain board adjacent to sanitize compartment of three compartment sink with absorbent cloths. Facility removed items during inspection.

  • Slow drip leak observed at drain line of upstairs patio bar hand washing sink.