T-M-I  R-A-T

So the other I was on the internet doing nothing when I remembered there's a website where you can check health code violations of NYC restaurants.... and, of friggin course, I couldn't resist. I started poking around at all my local places. Checking out which is gross and which ain't. And for the most part they seemed aok which was nice. Some unwashed hands here. Few roaches there. But there was one place that didn't necessary flunk (a 28 is flunking. they got a 12)

But here's what it said.

Current violation points: 12
Inspection Date: 06/13/2006

Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
1.) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
2.) Pesticide use not in accordance with label or applicable laws. Prohibited chemical used/stored. Open bait station used.
3.) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to vermin exist.
4.) Evidence of rats or live rats present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.




"Evidence of rats or LIVE RATS PRESENT IN FACILITIES FOOD and/or non-food areas"?!??!?! Noooo!!! WHAT!? RATS? As in... live rats?! First off, how can you have live rats and still pass inspection? But whatever...

This is not only my favorite neighborhood place-- but this is Roscoe's favorite place too! Because they let him hang out at the bar or whatever and they're very coolio about humanistically challenged people... like Roscoe. They bring him a bowl of water and do stuff like that. They all know Roscoe by name. And it's the one place I go to where I feel like I'm sort of a regular too. During the summer when walking Roscoe I'd stop by for a beer every other day and talk to whoever. In the winter it's the only place that actually lets Roscoe inside the restaurant as long as we stay by the bar. The food has always been decently good. And I feel because of that I shouldn't totally out the place here by name.

But now it's totally ruined!! How can I eat there knowing that a rat just urinated all over my salad? Not even mice (I can deal with mice! I have one who lives here maybe!) But rats! Scary creepy diseasey contaminated cootified rats! In my place of all places! There's a side of me that feels like I should ignore this information and just keep business as usual. Blank my memory on what I know. But how can I ignore something like that?! Not even dead rats present! Live ones! Uch.

I just don't know why I had to go on the stupid health code violation site!! There's no way it could have any good news! Well actually, I guess it did sorta kinda. I had to check out the #1 most disgusting place in my zip code and fortunately I've never eaten there. Phew. Put it this way, my favorite place with rats got a score of 12. The worst offender in my zip code.... got a friggin 66.

Sorry Wendy's. You're officially the grossest.

...but at least they only have mice and roaches running around! Not mofo'kin rats!

ok bye!