Wentzville’s Panda Express, O’Fallon’s Daddy Ray Burgers Win Food Safety Award

Two local restaurants have been honored with a 24 Carrot Gold Award from the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment for excellence in food safety, sanitation and employee education:

Daddy Ray Burgers, located at 8813 Veterans Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon, is a “burger shack” that pays homage to the owner’s grandfather, Ray Morris. They offer a variety of specialty burgers, chili dogs, and chicken sandwiches.

Wentzville’s Panda Express, 1985 Wentzville Parkway, opened in 2012 and offers Chinese fast food, both dine-in and take-out.

Other St. Charles County food service establishments presented with the 24 Carrot Gold Award were:

  • Ameristar Casino – Landmark Buffet, 1260 South Main Street, St. Charles
  • Pickleman’s Gournet Café, 2041 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles
  • Fratelli’s Ristorante, 2061 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles
  • Los 3 Compadres Mexican Restaurant, 1052 Wolfrum Road, Weldon Spring
  • Barathaven Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, 1030 BaratHaven Boulevard, Dardenne Prairie

While all permitted establishments within the county meet requirements to protect the customers they serve, the 24 Carrot Gold Award winning establishments exceed standards. To be eligible for consideration, recipients cannot have any critical violations during the preceding 12 months and incur no more than six non-critical violations over the same period. In addition, at least 90 percent of the food managers working on-site at the establishment must have successfully completed a food safety certification class. The facility must also have a current St. Charles County Food Establishment Permit and be in good standing with the department.

Throughout the year, the Division of Environmental Health and Protection works with area businesses and organizations to promote healthy conditions in our community. To learn how the division helps to ensure public safety, please call (636) 949-1800 or visit http://www.sccmo.org/760/Environmental-Division.