We've all got our favorite hole in the wall establishments, whether it's a local dive bar or hamburger stand. Deep down inside we all know that these places might not have the cleanliest kitchens and facilities but it never stopped us from walking through their doors with our heads held high.
Okay, now let's get a little more specific, the restaurant industry... Some of us know about that one place with a B-rating that always seems to have customers in it and never gets shut down. Heck, some of us are customers at those B-rated restaurants, attribute that rating as 'extra flavor', and ignore the possible health complications that could come with those fish tacos. But have you ever wondered what's really floating in your cheddar broccoli soup? Do you want to continue to live in denial or would like to become enlightened or informed about the horrors that go down at your local favorite sandwich shop?
Some say ignorance is bliss, but we say knowledge is power. We've compiled some of the dirtiest and most disgusting restaurants the United States has ever seen. Please be warned, if you ever come across any of these restaurants during your travels, turn around and run. Run as fast as you can.
12 Prosperity Dumpling, New York, NY
We hate to go right into the Chinese food restaurant stereotypes, especially since a majority of those stereotypes are pure and utter bull, and authentic Chinese food is actually for the better and more refined taste palette. But when you're in New York's Chinatown, choose otherwise when it comes to dining here. Let's break this down, New York City is considered to be one of the most diverse, congested, and dirtiest places on planet earth. For some reason, New Yorkers are proud of their unkempt and filthy environments and unfortunately that also comes with the territory when it comes to dining in the city.
11 Pizza Hut, Kermit, WV
It seems like every couple of months a news headline is released with some dumb teenagers violating health code and customer's food items by either sticking bell pepper toppings up their nose, wiping their butts with hamburger buns, or spitting in some poor guy's McFlurry in pure barbaric fashion. Luckily, with the advancement of technology, with in-store cameras and social media we're able to catch these delinquents more frequently than in days past.
10 QL's, Muncie, Indiana
Most of the time when we think barbecue, we automatically think of a semi-rugged cooking environment. Standing outside over a hot grill, the intense billows of smoke, the barbecue sauce dripping down your hands and face, things tend to get messy. But what was found during a surprise inspection at QL's in 2013, a local barbecue shack in Muncie, Indiana, shocked the health inspectors that not only did they close the eatery on the spot, they were left green in the face and sickly without even eating the food.
9 Best Wings, Lawrenceville, GA
Who doesn't like wings? They're perfect for almost any occasion, whether you're watching the game with the fellas or on a casual date with that special someone, nothing brings people together like wings and a cold beer.
8 Nicky's Chinese Food, Hyde Park, IL
If you ask anyone who is into authentic Chinese cuisine they will surely laugh in your face if you brag about the quality of the broccoli beef and orange chicken at your favorite Chinese food spot. Most of the items you see on these menus are nothing but American interpretations of what we think Chinese food is and doesn't even exist in China.
7 Rascal's BBQ and Crab House, New Castle, DE
The Northeast is known for having some of the best seafood and shellfish across the country, but Rascal's BBQ and Crab House decided to step into the public eye with their restaurant's financial and cleanliness struggles. Let's just say that things got to be pretty bad when even Food Network's Restaurant Impossible can't even save your business. Chef Robert Irvine, visited the restaurant during the show's first season back in 2011. Upon entry, Chef Irvine first encountered large heaps of garbage and old restaurant furniture in the back of the restaurant, then later noticed large amounts of rat feces, he and his inspecting team were able to find 13 dead mice at the restaurant and he, the restaurant staff, and the rest of his crew were forced to wear bio-hazmat suits in order to clean the restaurant for restoration.
6 Mandarin House, Knoxville, TN
When we think of Chinese food, we usually don't automatically think of Tennessee. There are far too many places for a good steak and quality barbecue in Tennessee for us to get a hankering for Chinese in a state known for some of the best barbecue in the USA. Anyways, if you just so happen to be in the Volunteer State and feel the need to get your chow mein fix, we suggest you avoid Mandarin House in Knoxville.
5 Mar Y Tierra, Lilburn, GA
Mexican food has officially crossed over as an American staple to the point that Americans have invented their own Mexican food items, i.e. the burrito, and created a watered down, over-processed version of the food, i.e. Taco Bell. What really makes Mexican food special is the authenticity and simplicity of the ingredients that create such powerful and tasty dishes for all of us to enjoy.
4 China City, Opa-Locka, FL
Opa-Locka, Florida is suburb right outside Miami, which culinary wise is known for Cuban, Jamaican, and other islander foods. When in South Beach why not get into the islander swing of things and enjoy some oxtail, plantains, and dirty rice? But fortunately for those who are either ignorant to the deliciousness of islander food or over it, they have every alternative culinary option underneath the sun in south Florida including Chinese food.
3 Soup To Nuts Diner, Tavares, FL
1950's themed restaurants are usually perfect dinner and a movie date nights but if you ever wanted to break up with your significant other, taking them to Soup To Nuts Diner in Tavares, Florida, would have been the perfect place to do so. We only say 'would have' because today this diner is no longer with us, and for a good reason, too. This place had a huge infestation problem. From flies, to gnats, to roaches Soup To Nuts was a breeding ground and paradise for insects.
2 Red Flower Chinese, Williamsburg, KY
The jokes of Chinese food containing alternative meat sources, such as a pigeon, cats, and dogs are pretty played-out but then again, if we see a veterinarian next to a local Chinese takeout spot we might avoid that particular restaurant all together. A lot of the restaurants on this list have yet to reach the horrific scene that was spotted outside of Red Flower Chinese in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
1 Lucky River, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco has one of the most elaborate and beautiful Chinatowns in the country. With a plethora of Chinese food options to choose from, Lucky River may be suffering from a bad rep after a citizen caught this guy slamming slabs of meat on bare concrete like Hulk Hogan did Andre The Giant in WrestleMania. What was this cook's reason for doing this you might ask? When contacted by health department, he claimed he was just trying to defrost those bad boys.
Fortunately, the restaurant didn't get into too much trouble, but the cook was fired from the restaurant immediately after the video had gotten into the hands of the local media. We understand that heat does kill bacteria while cooking but for this guy to think it was a good idea to do this on the street in broad daylight was kind of dumb. Now Lucky River has to live with a tainted reputation and a fluctuating customer base. At least the rest of the restaurants on this list were at least trying to be secretive about their gross habits. Then again... we do hope that guy found another job.
Sources: Mandatory.com, NewYorkDailyNews.com, HuffingtonPost.com
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