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Old 08-16-2005, 03:17 PM   #11
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or that limp fiver?
EWWWWWW Gross You have a way with words Mudbug. That really did it for me LOL.

I have to say that I subscribe to your way of thinking though. I have eaten at restaurants that very visibly questionable. I do so because the food is just so good that it is worth the risk. I can say that because I have never gotten seriously ill from food. I am sure that if/when that ever happens then I will very quickly change my tune.

We do not have any sort of rating system here like you have in CA mish. If we did though I would be wary of places that did not have a rating of A. That does not mean I would not eat there, but I would probably at least think twice.
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Old 08-16-2005, 03:19 PM   #12
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As far as I know ratings are all over the country. Not sure about other states, but here they got away from the letter grading (A, B, etc) and now use a numeric rating (100, 99, etc). They have to be posted where the public can see them.

There are many things that an inspector looks for and can ding you for. Things that reall have nothing to do with the safety of the food or being clean. Things like light bulb brightness.

Usually when you get sick from eating out, it is probably due to food being time & temp abused. Which is very hard to do when trying to hold foods for a period of time, i.e. buffet.
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Old 08-16-2005, 03:25 PM   #13
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Things that reall have nothing to do with the safety of the food or being clean. Things like light bulb brightness.
I would think this actually has a lot to do with food safety as well as worker safety. If the light is not bright enough then accidents can happen. Also things could make their way into food that would not have slipped in if the light was bright enough. A hair, for instance, could easily be overlooked especially if the light was dimmer than it should be.
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Old 08-16-2005, 03:28 PM   #14
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EWWWWWW Gross You have a way with words Mudbug. That really did it for me LOL.
LOL. I always give instructions to leave the "limp fiver" on the dresser.
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Old 08-16-2005, 03:45 PM   #15
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I know that Hawaii, Oregan, and Washington (at least the last times I was there) do not have a visible rating system. You're either open or you're closed down by the Dept. of Health. If a restaurant in Cali has no visible rating, or none when you even ask about it, basically the Dept. of Health did not even issue one since they scored so low. The lowest possible rating that a restaurant can show is a C grade, which is pretty bad regardless. If it's even lower than that, well, run for your life.

As far as I know, I think Cali is also the only or one of the few states that requires all Chinese restaurants to serve their dim sum in stainless steel steamer baskets as opposed to the normal bamboo types. This is mainly in the Los Angeles area but I think it enforced mostly everywhere in the state. I do remember eating at a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco and the dim sum being served in SS steamer baskets.
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Old 08-16-2005, 04:05 PM   #16
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I know that Hawaii, Oregan, and Washington (at least the last times I was there) do not have a visible rating system. You're either open or you're closed down by the Dept. of Health. If a restaurant in Cali has no visible rating, or none when you even ask about it, basically the Dept. of Health did not even issue one since they scored so low. The lowest possible rating that a restaurant can show is a C grade, which is pretty bad regardless. If it's even lower than that, well, run for your life.

As far as I know, I think Cali is also the only or one of the few states that requires all Chinese restaurants to serve their dim sum in stainless steel steamer baskets as opposed to the normal bamboo types. This is mainly in the Los Angeles area but I think it enforced mostly everywhere in the state. I do remember eating at a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco and the dim sum being served in SS steamer baskets.
ironchef, you reminded me of an outstanding little restaurant I loved in San Fran (years ago) called The Potsticker. The dumplings were served in the wicker bamboo/steamer(?) as I recall. The food was wonderful, service impeccable, (as were almost all the restaurants I visited there)...& no rating system. The lemon chicken was superb! Interesting to get feedback from around the country & the world & food servers.

Re the light bulb...thought that was only used in places like Denny's? Is the purpose to keep food warm?
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Old 08-16-2005, 04:22 PM   #17
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Recently I dashed into a loca pizzeria in my lunch time and ordered a sandwich to go. While waiting, I happened to notice that a gentleman standing next to me was drying side plates with a cloth that was absolutely disgustingly filthy. I left with my sandwich but couldn't eat it. My mom (sister, gran, aunties et al) always said that a dirty dish cloth is shameful and a very very bad sign. I didn't look for a rating, but if I was a food inspector and saw a filty cloth like that.....-Sandyj
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Old 08-16-2005, 07:23 PM   #18
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I'm in Oregon, also have never noticed a grading system.

Don't most Japanese places have the little curtains hanging everywhere? Though I've never specifically noticed, I thought I remember they have those little curtains around as decoration. Places I have gone to do that, I think it's so that customers don't have to see the bustle in the kitchen. Maybe they think the little fabrics somehow make it more aesthetically pleasing. (?)
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Old 08-16-2005, 07:31 PM   #19
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Yikes. We have no tiers here at all. You either pass ALL the inspections or you are closed. You get a warning to fix whatever they found wrong within 24 hours and then if it isn't done, WHAM, you are closed.

Trying not to let my own OCD tendencies come racing to the forefront after reading this thread. *where's my hand gel???*
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Old 08-16-2005, 07:43 PM   #20
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Question & venting.

There have been many news stories re restaurant ratings called "Eat At Your Own Risk."

In the U.S. restaurants post their ratings (i.e. an "A" having passed health inspection). Have seen some with a "B" posted. Would you eat at a restaurant with anything less than an "A" rating?

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Yesterday I took out food from a Japanese/Thai restaurant. Didn't think to look at the rating. (Perhaps I missed it.) A few hours after eating my meal, I got sick. I blame myself, in part, for not looking for a posted rating. The place looked clean, but later remembered there was a curtain placed in front of the kitchen & the gal taking my order, slipped the ticket under the curtain. (The kitchen was located directly behind the ordering counter. Would you find that odd?)

So, my question is -- would you eat at a restaurant with a rating below "A"? What have your personal experiences been? Are the ratings clearly posted or posted at all in your areas? Btw, I asked for a glass of water & it was poured from a pitcher with a water filter in it that was standing behind the counter. Am I being too picky? Don't know what to think.
Mish,
hope you are feeling better. No I don't think you are being to picky..I'm so picky that sometimes my kids will grab my hand if they see I'm going to push away the silverware if it's on anything but a napkin, can't help it. I look the knife and fork over before I use them, because I've found dried on food stuck to them and no way do they go into my food or my mouth. Same with a glass, I hate getting a lipstick rimmed glass or coffee cup, or a hair in my food...YUK, phooey...I have a few favorite places and have no problem eating there, if the place is new to me, I look things over really well...I have been lucky only once did I get ill, and I'm sure it's because the food wasn't kept at the proper temp before cooking...So, don't worry about being picky, be as picky as you need to be...
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