The Secrets That Restaurants Don't Want You To Know
There is a lot that happens in restaurants that they don't want you to know about. Most of these can be passed off as bad management, but most of these are just down right disturbing. Here are some things that restaurants don't want you to know about.
The dirtiest place in a restaurant
The ice machine,yep your heard it folks. The Daily Mail collected ice from ten fast-food franchises like McDonald's, Burger King, and Starbucks, among them it was determined that in six out of ten locations, those innocuous-seeming cubes contained higher levels of bacteria than the water samples taken from toilet bowls at the same establishments.
So yeah, your ice is dirtier than toilet water. The mail went on to talk about how there was "enough bacteria in the machines to pose a hygiene risk to the people who drank from it". Definitely not the most reassuring thing to here. Some sources went on to report that mold could also potentially be growing under the faucets that dispenses the ice and is "more common than you might think". You can check this yourself by just looking up the ice chute and inspecting for any mold or anything else that shouldn't be there.
What they don't want you to know
Most fast-food places clean everything, including the grills and the drink machine nozzles, with super-concentrated chemicals at the end of the work day.
In the morning, on the next day, the first customer can be getting that left over residue from those strong chemicals. This is also true for the first foods being cooked that day on the grill. Many people are unaware of what is happening here and would be absolutely appalled if they knew what these types of common things are taking place right under their noses.
Not everything is as fresh as you think
Most of the food in the kitchen is probably not as fresh as you think. "Those celery sticks you get with your order of buffalo wings have been touched by at least 10 people,” says Bea C., a longtime server at an Arizona family food chain. The same goes with that lemon you requested in your water.
This is pretty offensive to the guests that decide to spend their money in that particular restaurant, of course this doesn't apply to everywhere, but is probably more common than you think.
What really is the special of the day?
Most of the times, the special of the day is just stuff from the kitchen that is about to expire and they are trying to get rid off.
"I would be cautious of soup's of the day that contain any type of fish or 'gumbo' as they probably just about to expire meat that they are trying to get rid of." -Kathy Kniss, who waited tables for ten years in Los Angeles.
It would be wise to steer away from any shady looking "specials" of the day at any establishment as this happens a lot more frequently than you might think.