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Guspaz
Guspaz
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Montreal, QC
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Top 50 restaurant health code violations in Montreal

Found this today:

»www.protegez-vous.ca/sante-et-al···ite.html

It's the list of the top 50 commulative fines for health code violations in Montreal...

It's probably bad that I've eaten at 4 of the places on this list, some of them often. I still regularly eat at Wok Café (several times per month) and multiple times per year at Beijing, for example...
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MaynardKrebs
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They've made you what you are today.
Looks like if you stick to deli & bagels you'll be ok.



FaxCap

join:2002-05-25
Surrey, BC
reply to Guspaz

I spent most of my working life in the restaurant supply business.

Most of you would shit a brick if you saw most commercial kitchens.

FaxCap



shrug

@videotron.ca

I have a few horror stories I could tell.

BTW, i've been to more than a few of those restaurants on that list.


MichelR

join:2011-07-03
Ottawa, ON
reply to Guspaz

A friend of mine used to work in the kitchen of a 5-star restaurant, and he packed his "civilian" clothes in a bag when he got to work and still had to double-check them for cockroaches before leaving work.



Thane_Bitter
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reply to Guspaz

Suggest you brown bag it before you end up bagging brown - food poisoning is brutal.

FaxCap is right; some of the kitchens would double as a set for the SAW franchise of films.



noemails

@bell.ca
reply to shrug

the city of ottawa posts all restaurant inspectiosn good bad or otherwise. might be something to check out if your visiting ottawa anytime soon

»app06.ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/search/i···t=fsi_en



FaxCap

join:2002-05-25
Surrey, BC
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reply to Thane_Bitter

said by Thane_Bitter:

FaxCap is right; some of the kitchens would double as a set for the SAW franchise of films.

And the old stereotypes rarely apply. Like the worst places are
Chinese restaurants. Not from what I saw. Yes, they can be as bad
as any but I have seen many many of the Greek owned Steak & Pizza
places that would curl your hair! Yet the cleanest kitchen I have
ever seen was a Greek Steak-Pizza-Pasta kitchen. You could have
done surgery in there yet the place was 20 years old.

Years ago Vancouver's only 5 star had a kitchen the size of a small
bathroom. While not filthy it was pretty bad.

FaxCap


dirtyjeffer
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London, ON
reply to FaxCap

said by FaxCap:

I spent most of my working life in the restaurant supply business.

Most of you would shit a brick if you saw most commercial kitchens.

FaxCap

i spent several years as a teenager in restaurant kitchens...the (now closed) Japanese food restaurant would have been closed by today's standards (increased inspections, etc)...the Olive Garden and Pizza Hut were very good though...in fact, the Olive Garden was phenomenal how serious they were about cleaning the place...it was the last restaurant i worked at, but it was by far the best (in terms of quality and care of the back areas).
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FaxCap

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Re: Top 50 restaurant health code violations in Montreal

said by dirtyjeffer:

the Olive Garden and Pizza Hut were very good though...in fact, the Olive Garden was phenomenal how serious they were about cleaning the place...it was the last restaurant i worked at, but it was by far the best (in terms of quality and care of the back areas).

A number of restaurants here like Earl's, The Cactus Club and
Milestones build their places with open kitchens where the public can
see how clean they are.

The Olive Garden I supplied was clean but quite simply overwhelmed
by the business they did for the first 2 years. Thus supplies were
stacked in every available nook and cranny.

FaxCap


dirtyjeffer
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yea, the Olive Garden i worked at was crazy busy...jam packed house for lunch, 1 hour line-ups for dinner, every night...to this day, i still don't understand what happened (bankrupt, closing, whatever).



urbanriot
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reply to FaxCap

said by FaxCap:

I spent most of my working life in the restaurant supply business.

Most of you would shit a brick if you saw most commercial kitchens.

Fortunately when I did my low-end dishpig restaurant tour eons ago, I didn't encounter anything that I thought was unhealthy and I worked with plenty of various ethnicities from white folk to aboriginals to Indians.

I think a lot of it depends on who you work with as I found many restaurant owners didn't set any rules or refer to any standards, yet everyone I worked with always did what I guess we all felt was right without actually talking about it.


Guspaz
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reply to FaxCap

said by FaxCap:

said by dirtyjeffer:

the Olive Garden and Pizza Hut were very good though...in fact, the Olive Garden was phenomenal how serious they were about cleaning the place...it was the last restaurant i worked at, but it was by far the best (in terms of quality and care of the back areas).

A number of restaurants here like Earl's, The Cactus Club and
Milestones build their places with open kitchens where the public can
see how clean they are.

The Olive Garden I supplied was clean but quite simply overwhelmed
by the business they did for the first 2 years. Thus supplies were
stacked in ever available nook and cranny.

FaxCap

Many of the restaurants on this list of health code violations, like Wok Cafe, have open kitchens... Open kitchens are apparently meaningless in terms of health code violations.
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koira
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reply to Guspaz

Guspaz
Did you ever become ill from the food ?
And knowing these test results will you return?

I have a local pizza place that is obviously not so well cleaned but the food is great and i keep going back. Has it caused me some upset ? Maybe but nothing major, no worse than if i ate a few too many jalapeno at home.


MichelR

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reply to noemails

said by noemails :

the city of ottawa posts all restaurant inspectiosn good bad or otherwise. might be something to check out if your visiting ottawa anytime soon

»app06.ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/search/i···t=fsi_en

Didn't know about that. Thanks for the link! Looks like the restaurants I regularly go to are doing pretty well overall.


FaxCap

join:2002-05-25
Surrey, BC
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reply to Guspaz

said by Guspaz:

Open kitchens are apparently meaningless in terms of health code violations.

On the face of it you are correct. It was the food storage areas that
got restaurants closed most of the time. But safe food handling in
the actual prep areas closed just as many as storage from what I saw.

FaxCap


ekster
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Lachine, QC
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reply to Guspaz

I know some of those restaurants, but never been to any, luckily.

And looking at the search index, none of my favourite restaurants are there. Good to know.


telco_mtl

join:2012-01-06
reply to FaxCap

said by FaxCap:

said by Guspaz:

Open kitchens are apparently meaningless in terms of health code violations.

On the face of it you are correct. It was the food storage areas that
got restaurants closed most of the time. But safe food handling in
the actual prep areas closed just as many as storage from what I saw.

FaxCap

two of the places i worked while i was a student were interesting, one small family restaurant had a kitchen that didnt "look" clean but actually food handleing was impeccable and i still eat there today. The kitchen appeared off because the equipment was old, second hand and beat up. but i to this day have never seen a walkin box that clean. Another place i worked, a 1200 seat supper club with banquet halls had a kitchen that looked as clean as an operating room. but dig beneath the surface and the food handleing was AWFUL, we had 10 walk in boxes, some didnt cool properly, some hadnt been stripped in months and dont get me started on the meat saw... it was pulled apart maybe twice a week.


Guspaz
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reply to koira

said by koira:

Guspaz
Did you ever become ill from the food ?
And knowing these test results will you return?

It's very difficult for me to know if I've become ill from specific food, because I have an incredibly horrible digestive system (possibly related to why I can't eat chocolate) that is randomly getting set off all the time. So the question in such a case is, was it something I ate, or is this "just one of those times"?
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MaynardKrebs
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reply to Guspaz

I worked as a part-time cook at a 3-400 person capacity bar when I was in my last year of high school. We spent a LOT of time cleaning the kitchen every day - tile, stainless, pulling out racks and cleaning behind/under them, ditto for the walk-in fridge. Even the inside of the Hobart dishwasher was scrubbed out each day by hand.

Got to eat a lot of steak & fish when I worked there.



koira
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A few years back I became ill from some McDonalds fish sandwiches . Hadnt eaten all day then had two of those and it made for a night to remember.
Then there was a roast beef sub from Subway,



lugnut

@communications.com
reply to Guspaz

When I lived in Montreal I always assumed it was the Mafia's business to keep the restaurants running smoothly. Just like Mussolini kept the trains running on time, the Mafia always made sure the restaurants bought LOTS of cleaning supplies


cog_biz_user
i ruin threads apparently

join:2011-04-19
Hamilton, ON
reply to Guspaz

I like how our city handles stuff for the most part... They actually keep historical records online. »www.foodsafetyzone.ca/zone3.asp

Kindof surprised to see a few places I go to have had violations recently, but I've never gotten sick.



dirtyjeffer
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London, ON

yea, we have the same thing around here:

»www.dinesafemiddlesexlondon.ca/i···ome.aspx