17 Restaurant Inspector Secrets And Stories That You Probably Shouldn't Read If You Enjoy Going Out To Eat
"If you can't see a recent certificate of inspection or even a license in public view, get out immediately."
1. "I work with restaurants, and one particular Michelin-awarded, super high-class restaurant is my client. I went to the kitchen to talk to the chef about an ongoing order, and while I was talking to him, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a huge thing that I first thought was a cat. It was a rat. An obese rat. When I pointed it out, the chef said, 'Oh, that's Frank, we leave him alone.' They fed the rat leftovers too."
2. "I can't tell you how many times I've pulled the cap off of soda guns to see maggots crawling around in the buildup. Think about that next time you order a Coke at your favorite restaurant!"
3. "My friend was inspecting a restaurant and walked out the back to find a man stirring a huge pot of curry. With his arm. No spoon or anything, just up to his hairy elbows in curry."
4. "My uncle is a health inspector and once got several complaints about a fish and chips shop with reports of people getting chunks of hair in their hot chips..."
"After my uncle saw the property and gave a few basic suggestions, the only other thing he noticed that needed immediate attention was the deep fryer itself. The oil was old and filthy, so he ordered the guy to drain it out right then and there. The owner did so, and at the bottom of the oil vat was a dead, deep-fried and crispy...cat. Turned out, a few months before, the shop had been having a rodent problem, so the owner brought in a cat to catch them. He had thought the cat escaped overnight and ran away. Nope. All this to say, the clumps of hair locals were complaining about weren't from the half-man-half-wolf owner, but the fur and flesh of a dead cat."