Health department suspends food permit at Lynnwood’s Washington Burrito

Washington Burrito is located at 19509 44th Ave. W. in Lynnwood.

The Snohomish County Health Department has suspended the food permit for Lynnwood’s Washington Burrito, citing health hazards due to repeated violations.

According to a June 29 letter from the department’s Environmental Health Division to Washington Burrito owner/operator Memo Garcia, the order was issued “due to an imminent health hazard from a lack of properly working refrigeration and due to repeat violation of their approved plan of operation.” The violation constitutes an immediate health hazard and the restaurant’s food permit was suspended.

Located in a strip mall just north of the 44th Avenue West and 196th Street Southwest intersection, Washington Burrito accrued 10 “critical” violations in 2022, including possessing unlabeled toxic substances, workers unable to present their food-handling permit, improper cooling procedures, incorrect handling of raw eggs, and cross-contamination. Critical violations are classified by the health authority as “likely to cause foodborne illnesses.”

The health department visited the restaurant four more times in 2023 and issued 18 additional critical violations and three non-critical violations. Five of these were found during the department’s last visit on June 29 and included the following violations: lack of refrigeration, cross-contamination, incorrect handling of eggs and incorrect cold and hot food-holding temperatures.

Washington Burrito will be allowed to reopen after receiving a satisfactory-grade inspection and paying a $410 permit reinstatement fee, the health department said.

Lynnwood Today attempted to contact Washington Burrito but has not received a response. The facility’s phone line connects to an automated message stating that Washington Burrito will reopen in two weeks, though it does not list a specific date or when the message was recorded. The restaurant’s health inspection records can be found on the Snohomish County Health Department’s website. 

— By Jasmine Contreras-Lewis

  1. Well now, I’m never eating there again, that’s for darn sure! The neglect & lack of respect they have for their customers is quite alarming. Hopefully they’ll go out of business permanently.

    1. Was anxious to try this place out…not any more..pretty sad that they would allow unsafe habits in the kitchen that could potentially sicken or kill people with food born illness…shouldn’t be allowed to reopen if there were issues in the past..shame shame

      1. You need to hire a person who oversees, cleaning, refrigerator temperature only handles the eggs and trains staff the proper procedure to do so and everything else that needs to be addressed!

    2. Or after they finally “comply”they might be the safest place to eat in town. That being said I don’t live there . And in Mexico I would bet money that not a single eating establishment could pass a USA health inspection.

      1. Wow, get ready for the onslaught of hate ha ha although I totally agree with you 100%. and I have drove by that place it is packed with construction workers eating there for lunch. That’s their own fault that they couldn’t get their stuff together and make that place safe to eat it looked like a real money maker with all the construction workers.

    3. If they actually follow the guidelines set down by the Health Department, they might be the safest place to eat once they reopen. Restaurants like Chipotle and Jack-in-the-Box learned the hard way, and haven’t had any further issues with people getting sick.

  2. I second Jackie’s comments above. This owner’s lack of concern over these health violations is concerning and he has no business owning a restaurant. I stopped going to that location a long time ago because I got sick from their food and the fact that the people that worked there were rude and acted like they didn’t want my business. I would guess that a large majority of their business was with food delivery companies so, when will Snohomish county start requiring these companies to start posting their food safety grades? I am guessing that a lot of people that use food delivery services have no clue on what food safety grades most restaurants have.

    1. You can review the Washington Burrito and any other restaurants health department inspection report and scores at the Snohomish County health department website.

      It is sad they consistently had they repeated violations montg after month. That said I ate there well over a dozen times and myself never got sick or was treated rude by anyone. They should be closed don’t get me wrong the violations are real and dangerous.

  3. I was a big fan and loved that we had another late-night spot in Lynnwood, however this is way too much. On top of all these violations, I had seen the whole place being run by one guy.
    Owner is a joke, 18 critical health violations in 7 months is disgusting.

  4. They open the location in Everett I’m curious if the same violations have occurred at that location as well or if the health department has it even visited that location

  5. I tried to go today and found it closed. I definitely never felt ship-shape after eating there, but it apparently didn’t stop me from returning.

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