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Old 04-01-2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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Do you worry about sanitation when eating out?

a few years back i saw a piece on 60 minutes or one of those news shows that talked about unsanitary conditions in many resturants. i was at a casino last week and one of the poker players got up to use the restroom, when he came back he tells the table that he just saw a cook use the toilet(not urinal) and leave without washing his hands. just wondering if this issue is on your mind when eating out?

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Old 04-01-2010, 12:41 PM   #2
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I do not worry about it when I eat out. That is unless I actually see something that gives me reason to worry. My thoughts are that you can not live your life in a bubble. You are going to be exposed to things that you would rather not be exposed to. People who cook and handle your food WILL do things that are gross, unsanitary, and could possibly get you sick. You can either accept that or you can choose to only eat what you have prepared yourself. I go with the "whatever does not kill you makes you stronger" mindset and just hope that whatever I am exposed to will not be anything my body can not handle.
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:43 PM   #3
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GB presented my point of view as well.
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:55 PM   #4
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Same here.
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Old 04-01-2010, 01:15 PM   #5
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Old 04-01-2010, 01:58 PM   #6
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Before I order, I always check the Health Department Sanitation Score that, by law, must be posted in full view at the front desk/counter of every restaurant. I even noticed my local Harris Teeter Grocery Store's Deli Department where I was ordering thinly sliced Turkey Pastrami and the score was a whopping 106 (100 is condsidered tops usually)! I'm happy though with anything over 95 because it's difficult to get a score in the upper ninties as standards are quite high here (in the usa). After that I then go with GB and throw caution to the wind and never give it another thought.
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Old 04-01-2010, 02:04 PM   #7
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There's a local restaurant that has the best burger in the area. The place could use a good scrubbing, and I'd hate to see what the health dept reports look like. But this place has been around for decades, and run by a Korean man and his wife. It's been like that for the 12 or so years I've been going there.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:19 PM   #8
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Don't know how it is now, but the last time I went to the Peking Duck in NYC's Chinatown, they had a lot of ducks stacked from the floor up against a wall next to the doorway to the men's room. I used to eat out quite frequently when I worked in NYC and rarely had a problem. Now that I live in the boonies, I've noticed getting the trots from the food at quite a few establishments. Needless to say I'm not a willing return customer to those places.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:22 PM   #9
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vagriller...Char-Grill is the #1 Top-rated burger in my area of NC and always has excellent Health Dept sanitation scores. It's a fast food drive-through of all things. It had 105 score once. When I drove through I gave them a thumbs up and congratulated them (praise encourages them to continue their efforts). I don't eat burgers anymore though. For those who like rare burgers then The Raleigh Times (downtown Raleigh), Abbey Road (Cary), and Ham's (Chapel Hill) are good choices in my area.
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Old 04-03-2010, 03:35 PM   #10
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Normally, it is not something that is foremost in my mind when I got out to eat. But I will have to admit that I have looked at the sanitation scores that are posted on the local newspaper website. Depending on what the infractions are has determined whether or not I will eat at that restaurant. Food storage and sanitation is high on my list. But I am not so paranoid that I won't go eat in a new to me restaurant without checking the scores.
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