A restaurant in New York City recently received a B food safety score after the restaurant inspector found mice and other violations in the kitchen. Instead of plainly displaying the score on the door, an employee decided to print similar letters and create a sign advertising their Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for restaurants to hide their food safety scores. Keep reading to learn a few tips on how to find a hidden restaurant food safety score.
Look Around Corners
If you can’t find the food safety score on the door or on a wall near the door, try looking around the corner. A restaurant in my city has its poor food safety score around the corner of the entrance. Unless you are looking for the food safety score in that restaurant, you would never see it.
Look for Other Entrances
Some restaurants have multiple entrances, sometimes even on opposite ends of the restaurant. This is a common problem in fast food restaurants. If there isn’t a food safety score near the door you entered, check the other entrance areas.
Look for Disguises
Restaurants are very creative when it comes to hiding bad food safety scores. I have been to restaurants where the food safety score was hidden behind a cardboard cutout of the restaurant’s logo or placed on a wall with lots of picture frames. You will sometimes need to put on your detective’s cap to find the food safety score. Just think of it like a nice game of “I Spy”!
When in Doubt, Just Ask
If you don’t have time to search for the food safety score, just ask the nearest restaurant employee where it is. Usually, they will be able to point you in the right direction. If they have to ask what a food safety score is, though, it probably isn’t the best idea to eat there. (Yes, unfortunately, this has happened to my family many times!)
Hopefully these tips will help you find the hidden food safety scores in your area. Once you find the food safety score, be sure to give a restaurant employee an advocacy card, so they can learn why food safety is important to you. If restaurants know food safety is important to consumers, they might improve their food safety and stop hiding their food safety scores!
Does a restaurant in your area have a creative disguise for their food safety score? Let us know in the comments.• Picture of brunch sign by Peter Gerber • Story from NY Daily News via BuzzFeed •