Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Not-So-Fine Dining

cockroach roach

The boyfriend's family has been in the restaurant business for many years. Sometimes I ask him questions that I probably shouldn't -- questions like, "Do all restaurants have cockroaches?" He told me that most restaurants have cockroaches at one time or another -- that it is pretty much an inevitability. Food/supplies are delivered from many sources, and if those sources have even one cockroach or one egg in their delivery, they pass the fun on to the restaurants that they supply. UGGHHHHHHHHHHH. This mortifies me beyond belief. But the boyfriend mentioned that if I am ever concerned about this issue (or about any restaurant in particular), I can check the LA County Department of Public Health website which provides a listing of weekly restaurant closures (the listings include the restaurant name, address, closure dates, and reasons for closure). The boyfriend said he checks this list regularly and makes note of restaurants that should be avoided. UGHHHHHHHHHHHH.

P.S. If you click the links above, you will see that many of the restaurant closures are due to VERMIN HARBORAGE and VERMIN INFESTATION. HURL!!!!!


Anonymous said...

I used to read the health department ratings for restaurants in the newspaper on a weekly basis when we lived in Savannah. You'd be surprised how many C grades restaurants received. Particularly famous ones that were featured on Bravo and the Food Network.

Also, if you ever find yourself in Birmingham, AL or Athens, GA, the restaurants in these places are Roachmotel, USA.

Lorena said...

I just had lunch...
and this freaked me out.
I hate roaches and am terrified of them.

Gabbi said...
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Gabbi said...

eeew... I've had two roach experiences in the past. First was at my most favorite Chinese food restaurant at the time, though I never went back again of course. They'd just brought a huge yummy plate of shrimp chow mein and there was a nice little roach at the very top saying "hi" antenna wiggling and all. Looked like he'd just climbed Mount Everest. Second time was at the California Pizza Kitchen at the Wells Fargo building across from the Moca. My friend's birthday lunch and she found a roach in her pasta. So gross. I will be clicking the link even though I don't want to know, I know I should know, because I want to try to avoid a roach and noodle episode from happening ever again. Thank you DG.

Tiffany Kadani said...

I hate it when there's a really good restaurant and it closes. Now I'm realizing it's probably because of health issues, not the economy. EW!!!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

YUCK!!! i've seen roaches in restaurants before and i just got up and left. no thanks!

Vodka and Soda

Lindsey said...

Oh girl....NEVER come to Manila. I had a cockroach chase me in the shower the other day. Seriously, he followed me around until I had to run yelping to the kitchen, in a teensy towel, to beg our housekeeper to fetch him with a paper towel. I say him because surely a female cockroach would have the decency to just hide in the corner until I was done with the rinse repeat cycle.

And just so you know, we live in the cleanest apartment on the planet. I shudder to think what's going on under the surface at local restaurants. Gasp.

I have gone down the rabbit hole of health code violators on the interwebs before and it is a worthy waste of time. :) Sorry but you gotta admit, "Vermin Harborage" is a pretty awesome way to describe it no?

Trissta said...

Gross. Which is why I love to make my food at home. Much less chance of anything questionable getting into it.

Much Love,

Kathryn said...

Our local paper posts Health Dept. violations but thankfully most are minor and few include vermin or insects (probably due to living in a colder climate).

My mother worked in the restaurant business most of her life and when she lived in Florida the key to getting rid of roaches, besides the obvious exterminations by professional, was rinsing out all cans and bagging up and taking out trash as soon as possible (like eggshells). If they are sprayed, the surfaces kept clean and they have noting to eat they move on.

Lara said...

Ooooh lawd. D works for a large company that does those touch-screen cash registers and the computer systems for restaurants. He has to keep a roll of garbage bags in his car when he swaps out equipment because it's full of roaches. They love warm electronics!
It's disgusting the things he tells me about the restaurants in my state... the chain places and stereotypical dives seem to be the worst. If it's gross where you can actually see... you don't want to know what's going on where you can't!