Forget all those delicious pictures of food, I just don't want to get sick.

I have some friends and family that work in a business adjacent to the restaurant business. Let's just say they service a lot of kitchens. Let's also say they have let me know where NOT to go. I should also say that these folks keep pretty mum after that, almost like a doctor-patient privilege. The most I get out of them when I mention a restaurant they don't approve of is they look down and shake their head.

I'm not putting this off on the employees either; this is purely a manager/owner problem. These days folks will cut hours to save on the bottom line even if it affects food safety. Myself, I kind of don't even understand this. When I was a teenager, I had a job at Dairy Queen in little ol' Brownfield, Texas and we DID NOT get to go home until everything was 100 percent scrubbed.

I also had my own pizza kitchen for a bit and we also operated on a food safety-first program. After all, you can't have Lubbock's Most Beloved Radio Personality giving people food poisoning, now can you?

So yes, I'm now at the point where I don't give a damn what you serve. Don't even put a picture of the food on the menu. Put a picture of the kitchen from an hour ago on the menu or even run a video camera to the kitchen so we can see our food prepared.

In short, if you can't keep a restaurant clean, get out of the business.

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