Unhealthy for Anyone’s Taste: The Dirtiest Restaurants In America

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Here are the restaurants where, if you eat there you might be seeing your supper again real soon. They’re the bane of Health Depts. A couple are closed. A couple are still open and waiting – for you!
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Chick-fil-A

Midtown Manhattan. The 12.24 report mentioned unwanted guests: ‘house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies’. No wonder it was judged ‘Facility not vermin proof’.
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Jade BBQ and Seafood Restaurant

Rosemead, CA. With 77 health code violations over seven inspections, this was the most cited restaurant in LA County for 2015. If you need to throw up, better go outside, since the bathroom was judged ‘atrocious’.
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Natifnatal Restaurant

Dorchester, MA. Health Dept. report highlights included ‘raw chicken being stored at soiled drainboard with dish detergent while warewashing’ and ‘equipment not being sanitized properly at warewash during time of inspection’.
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Charlie’s Pantry

Studio City, CA. 58 violations. Inspectors found, among other infractions, dirty utensils and a lack of hot water. The restaurant was closed in January 2014.
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Grand Lux Cafe

Chicago. Report highlights: ‘Observed live roach crawling on wall at ceiling of Michigan Ave. side waiter station and one on wall at Expo Area outside of oven station. Observed 20 small flying insects on wall, ceiling and shelves at rear where glassware is kept. Observed over 30 small flying insects at both ends of main bars’ soda stations and also at bar’.
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Sunny Restaurant

El Monte, CA. 60 violations. The restaurant was especially noteworthy for plumbing violations. Use your imagination!
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The Flying Saucer

Houston. Our favorite was ‘observed slime at deflector shield in ice machine.’ In other words, it isn’t even safe to order icewater!
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La Estrella Panaderia y Carniceria

Mesa. The Health Department put it exactly this way: ‘ ***THIS IS 3RD CONSECUTIVE VIOLATION!!!*** Owner and PIC not able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge to operate food establishment properly, and without continually putting customers at risk for violations in food code categories ranked as priority/priority foundation; especially those relating to avoiding cross contamination in a cold holding unit, proper cooling of cooked food items, and proper reheating prior to utilizing hot holding unit.’
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Sluggers Grill

Chicago. From the Health Department report: ‘Observed 60 rodent droppings in the rear storage room and 20 droppings in the side party room’. Just like Mom used to make!
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