Dirty Dining: La Antioquena Bakery and Sandwich Shop earned 2 poor grades from state

Bakery received 2 poor, 5 fair grades in one year

TAMPA - Have you tried arepa de chocolo, also known as sweet corn pie? Or pastelillo de guava y queso -- guava and cheese pastry?

The specialty dishes are served up at La Antioquena Bakery and Sandwich Shop on Waters Avenue in Tampa.

But one local customer, Joey, says his experience was so unappetizing, he snapped some pictures.

"See that on the bottom? That's roach feces! You can just tell by looking at it," said Joey, as he showed ABC Action News anchor Wendy Ryan the photos on his phone.

Sanitation specialists from the Department of Agriculture did not find roaches, but did find other critical issues, failing the bakery twice over a one-year period on 8/21/12 and 9/1/11 with poor sanitation ratings.  They also gave the place five fair grades on 9/18/12, 7/17/12, 6/7/12, 1/20/12, and 9/18/11.

More: Scroll down to see scores for all 25 bakeries.

State inspectors score facilities with either good, fair or poor grades during each inspection.

So Ryan went into La Antioquena to try and get some answers.

"Can we talk to the manager?" Ryan asked.

"He's not here," a female employee answered.

"Can you talk to us about your latest inspection reports over the last year?" Ryan went on to ask.

But the employee claimed she only worked there a month and she didn't know much about the bakery conditions in the past.

But our ABC Action News camera caught some unpleasant conditions in plain sight, like bugs crawling on kitchen equipment and other questionable sanitary practices.

However, it's the temperature issues that had sanitation specialists busy this year, documenting meat pies at a hazardous temperature in September, July and January of 2012.

Other critical violations included no cold running water for employees to wash their hands, no date marking on left-over foods and a sewage leak so severe last year, the place had to stop selling any products for 24 hours until it was fixed.

"What about the owner?" Ryan asked the employee.

"He's coming tomorrow," she responded.

But tomorrow won't come for Joey.

"I just don't think they care too much about being clean," Joey adamantly said.

Over the past week and a half, Ryan called the bakery several times to speak to the owner or manager but no one returned her calls.

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How did your local bakery perform on inspections over the last 12 months?

The bakeries below listed with an asterisk* have been inspected by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants. All other bakeries are inspected by the Department of Agriculture.


LA ANTIOQUENA AND COLOMBIAN CAFE
3023 Waters Ave 33614
Tampa, FL
2 POOR, 5 FAIR
9/18/12-FAIR
8/21/12-POOR
7/17/12- FAIR
6/7/12-FAIR
1/20/12 FAIR
9/18/11-FAIR
9/1/11- POOR

CAFE DE PARIS BAKERY
2300 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach
2 GOOD
1/31/12-GOOD
7/31/12-GOOD

PIE FACTORY
12777 Walsingham Road, Largo
1 FAIR
8/14/12- FAIR

GOLDEN KRUST BAKERY *
2525 E Hillsborough Ave, Tampa
12/13/10 thru 7/10/12
4 inspections
4 critical violations

OLYMPIA BAKERY & CATERING *
2201 N Howard Ave, Tampa
2/24/11 thru 7/11/12
5 inspections
30 critical violations

WRIGHT'S GOURMET HOUSE *
1200 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
10/26/10 thru 7/7/12
5 inspections
11 critical violations

PANE RUSTICA *
3225 South MacDill, Tampa
4/22/11 thru 7/6/12
5 inspections
29 critical violations

TOOJAY'S *
2223 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa
12/17/10 thru 7/13/12
5 inspections
26 critical violations

ALESSI BAKERY
2909 W Cypress St, Tampa
1 GOOD, 2 FAIR
3/28/12- GOOD
8/6/12-FAIR
10/18/11-FAIR

MAURICIO FAEDO'S BAKERY
5150 N Florida Ave, Tampa
1 POOR, 1 FAIR
3/7/12-FAIR
2/7/12-POOR

LA SEGUNDA CENTRAL BAKERY
2512 N 15th St, Tampa
2 FAIR
3/26/12-FAIR
10/12/11-FAIR

KALUPA'S BAKERY
2602 S Macdill Ave, Tampa
2 FAIR
1/9/12-FAIR
7/2/12- FAIR

FRIDA'S CAFE & BAKERY
9700 Ulmerton Rd Largo, FL  
1 FAIR
4/10/12-FAIR

FLORIDA BAKERY
3320 W Columbus Dr, Tampa
1 FAIR, 1 GOOD
2/17/12-FAIR
8/15/11-GOOD

CAFÉ MOZART BAKERY INC
6754 4th St N, St Petersburg
1 GOOD
7/17/12-GOOD

A SPECIAL TOUCH CAKES BY CAROLYNN
3153 5th Ave. N. St. Petersburg
1 GOOD
12/15/11-GOOD

LET THEM EAT CAKE
3805 S Westshore Blvd, Tampa
2 FAIR
5/4/12-FAIR
10/7/11-FAIR

JJ GANDY'S PIES
3725 ALT 19 # 19 PALM HARBOR
2 GOOD
8/2/12-GOOD
12/8/11-GOOD

HELLA'S BAKERY
785 DODECANESE BLVD, TARPON SPRINGS
1 GOOD
2/3/12-GOOD

MARIANA'S PASTELERIA/PANDERIA
1705 JAMES L REDMAN PKWY STE H, PLANT CITY
1 FAIR, 1 GOOD
3/20/12-FAIR
11/17/11-GOOD

HABIBA BAKERY
14611 LIVINGSTON AVE, LUTZ
2 GOOD
3/7/12-GOOD
11/7/11-GOOD

HOUSEWIFE BAKE SHOP
6821 N ARMENIA AVE, TAMPA
1 FAIR
2/22/12-FAIR

DON PAN INTERNATIONAL BAKERY
202 N DALE MABRY HWY, TAMPA
2 FAIR, 1 GOOD
8/2/12 - GOOD
3/26/12 - FAIR
12/21/11- FAIR

A PIECE OF CAKE
5915 MEMORIAL HWY, TAMPA
1 GOOD
12/12/11- GOOD
 
CAKES PLUS
1728 S DALE MABRY HWY, TAMPA
2 FAIR
5/14/12- FAIR
11/2/11- FAIR

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