Do you like to go out to eat at restaurants? Not only can you dine on tasty meals, but you don’t have to do any work yourself. When you go to a restaurant, you want to the service and food to be excellent, and the place to be clean. Whether it be a high-class restaurant, small family diner, fast-food joint, or even a bar, the business shouldn’t be filthy. Because who wants to go out and spend money somewhere dirty, with terrible food and bad service? It’s not that hard to wipe things down and refill soap dispensers. However, you would be surprised with how some establishments can be when it comes to those simple tasks.
Some restaurants have dirty, unhealthy conditions and are just plain gross to be around when you’re trying to eat your meal. Not only that, but unsanitary kitchens are a health risk for those involved. Just imagine going out to eat with some friends. The service is okay; it might not be the cleanest place you’ve ever eaten at, but you’re hungry; you turn around and get food poisoning because the kitchen is filthy, even though you had no idea. You probably wouldn’t want to return to that restaurant anytime soon, right? But how can you tell if a restaurant is clean enough to eat at? Check out these top signs to look for when you enjoy your next meal — hopefully!
20. Look at the soda fountains and ice chutes for clean standards.
According to many Reddit users, the best way to determine the cleanliness of a fast-food restaurant is to check the pop machine. More specifically, the spouts and ice chute, especially the loading part. u/earthDF has reportedly worked as a server and line cook for several years in the fast-food industry. This Reddit user says, “Number 1 red flag is the spouts on the soda fountain. Those things are one of the easiest things to clean in the whole place. If they’re mildew-y, that kills my interest in eating there.”
The Reddit user goes on to say, “I’m fine with a bit of a mess elsewhere, especially in a high volume place since it will get messy over the course of the day. However, those spouts take multiple days of no washing to get to a point where they are noticeably disgusting.” Others users also said these soda spouts and ice chutes are quite easy to clean. So if they are moldy, it is likely indicative of a general lack of hygiene for the rest of the restaurant.