What's With All These "A" Ratings For Restaurants?

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Ever since the Health Department began rating the sanitary quality of various eateries' kitchens in 2010, I've been seeing "A" ratings in the most unlikely places.

I'm not talking about the above café, mind you, which looks perfectly fine.

But I've spotted the "A" in the window of unspeakably divey Chinese takeout joints, unconscionably cruddy-looking diners, icky-seeming sandwich hellholes, and devilishly crappy looking Mexican hovels.

It's a shock to me when you don't even want to step on the mat outside the entrance for fear that you'll have to later be hosed down à la Karen Silkwood, but somehow the kitchen is so immaculate it got the top score!

Shouldn't these restaurant owners be a little consistent about their sanitary habits?

Can't they apply the same rigors they uphold in the kitchen to the whole dive, from top to bottom?

And shouldn't the Health Department maybe factor in the overall cleanliness of the place, not just what happens around the actual food preparing?

I mean, do I really give a rat's rear that the kitchen is clean when I have to put newspapers on the flea-bitten chair before I'll even park my ass on it?

If the food is hot enough, the germs will disappear anyway -- but my butt is way more vulnerable than my mouth.

Maybe this needs to turn into a restaurant beauty pageant, with different categories:

Kitchen, Mat, Chairs, Talent, and Swimwear!


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Pasadena catering
Pasadena catering

The A ratings restaurants are always best.These types of restaurants are always looks perfectly fine.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Ahhhhh, qwitcher bitchin'!

In New Orleans, the filthier the kitchen, the finer the food.

anonTWO
anonTWO

I hear you, MM and I agree a thousand percent. A friend of mine refused to eat at good restaurant I'd visited several times without incident or illness because that restaurant had a B rating. We walked around in the neighborhood until we found another place that had an "A" rating and while I did not get ill from that second place I had one of the worst meals I'd ever eaten in a restaurant.let's be real, no one actually knows what A or B means and I've never seen a C rating in a restaurants window!I've seen A or B or "rating pending".I think it's a con.

Bejesus
Bejesus

If a restaurant gets a Grade Pending, you go in and pay the fine and suddenly you get a B or an A. it's such a corrupt system.

Vidi
Vidi

Imagine if a restaurant has a "Grade Pending"!! Avoid!!

Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

Sometimes, it IS a blessing to live on the Left Coast where in Los Angeles the ratings are based not only on the storage and processing of the food served, but also on the cleanliness of where you sit in either the establishment's eating area or on it's toilet 

Vidi
Vidi

I agree. When I saw an "A" at a Starbucks, I was like "Huh?"

Mrwhompers
Mrwhompers

"But my butt is way more vulnerable than my mouth."

Are you sure about that?

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