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Living In: Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA
irayd8 no more! is asking: (4 answers)
OT-but 'kinda food related...recently read article about the 3 dirtiest places in a restaurant. Number 1 was LEMONS! They found fecal material on about 70% and alot of e-coli. Ask for lemon (or limes) on the side and squeeze your own (in cocktails too) Our bodies natural defenses probably protect us but why look for troubes. If you are ill or immune compromised you would be less resistant. It's just YUCKY anyway. BTW #2 was menus and #3 was seats.

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Last updated: Jan. 18, 2013 2:28 pm
Posted: Jan. 18, 2013 11:09 am
Answered by: manella
Jan. 18, 2013 11:14 am
Who would have thought?Thanks so much for the info,very good to know.I always ask for lemon in my water,not anymore.YUK is right.
Jan. 18, 2013 11:22 am
Really? Don't believe everything you read!
Jan. 18, 2013 11:22 am
I doubt asking for lemons/limes on the side will make much difference . . . the same knifes, cutting boards, and handling are likely the same whether they put it in your glass or you do.
irayd8 no more!
Jan. 18, 2013 11:28 am
ConkyJoe-Good point-never thought of all that. Shorecook, why wouldn't you believe it? There's alot of handling from the field to the table. Everyone is not as carefull as we would like to believe.
Jan. 18, 2013 11:31 am
I ate a lot of dirt as a kid too. At least it was fresh organic dirt and not like the glue paste some kids were eating that had everyones fingers in it. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
Jan. 18, 2013 11:36 am
Agree with Conky on this one. For more info see
Mother Ann
Jan. 18, 2013 12:57 pm
Totally agree with ConkyJoe on this. If you are that afraid of germs - just opening the door to the restaurant will give you a whole handful of germs; the same people sitting on the seats and using the menus opened the door to get in just like you! I own a Mexican restaurant and we wipe our menus down at least once a day as well as the salt & pepper and other condiments. Seats get wiped off after every party leaves the table - same as the table does. The lemons aren't washed but the people doing the cutting of them do wear gloves just as the cooks do. But then we may be an exception - at our last Health Dept. inspection we were told we are one of the top organized and clean kitchens in the county. :)
Jan. 18, 2013 1:30 pm
You go, MA! I saw the same report, and the lemon thing suprised me, too. Menu, no!
Jan. 18, 2013 2:28 pm
Congrats Mother Ann,wonderful.
Answered by: slave2satan
Jan. 18, 2013 11:49 am
ive noticed that most servers/bartenders don't use gloves or practice the same good hygeine that cooks use. maybe skip the lemon all together if you are worried about it, because chances are, the lemons were contaminated when the server was prepping them at the start of his shift.
Indiana Peggy
Jan. 18, 2013 12:06 pm
Other dirty places...the salt and pepper shakers, ketchup and mustard bottles. Of course, restroom door handles.
Answered by: Jacolyn
Jan. 18, 2013 12:24 pm
My husband's cousin told us never to get cut lemons put in your drink, but always to get them on the side and squeeze the juice in yourself, because they stored the lemons on the floor, didn't wash them, and they were absolutely gross! He knows from his experience as a bartender.
Jan. 18, 2013 12:25 pm
Of course some of the juice may touch the lemon rind as it squirts out, so I just don't even order lemons at restaurants anymore.
Jan. 18, 2013 12:41 pm
My son used to work at a Hardee's restaurant years ago while in high school. One day one of his teachers asked him why the iced tea always tasted like soap. It was because they'd mix up the tea in the same bucket they used to mop the floors! He swears it's true.
Jan. 18, 2013 1:31 pm
That's why you need some VODKA with that lemon, germicidal use of course! ;)
Jan. 18, 2013 1:34 pm
I'm with you, Saveur.
Jan. 18, 2013 1:37 pm're a hoot. What I love is when you go to the deli to have your meat cut and they have those gloves on and wash the counter down with a nasty rag, throw away some garbage and then start to cut your meat...with the same darn gloves. Sheesh!
Jan. 18, 2013 1:43 pm
Thank goodness Mother Nature pre-loaded our stomachs with hydrochloric acid...I understand she likes a good sub sandwich every now and then!
Jan. 18, 2013 1:59 pm
Yea, well yesterday I found out my strawberries are poisonous, my canned tomatoes are killing me...What is that song, "Everything I love is killing me". ;-P
Answered by: MATTSBELLY
Jan. 18, 2013 1:34 pm
Yep lemons. I always ask for water without a lemon. The other one to be think about is ice. The ice box NEVER gets cleaned. people dip cups in there with their bare hands....
Indiana Peggy
Jan. 18, 2013 2:01 pm
Oh, yuck!
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