POLL: Do Fruit Flies In Restaurants Disgust You?


The other day, I visited a prominent Philadelphia restaurant and sat at the bar for dinner. I noticed a few small insects flying about. And then one landed in my companion’s wine.

I guess a member of the staff overheard me saying “damn fruit flies!” because he interjected, “They’re not fruit flies — they’re flies.”

Then a senior staffer got wind of the fruit fly conversation quietly going on at the bar and spoke up: “We don’t have fruit flies in this restaurant, but the regular flies we can’t do anything about.” The door and windows were open.

Then the other guy felt the need to add, “They’re just really, really small flies.” Meanwhile, another tiny insect had landed in my friend’s wine.

Now, I’ve seen my share of fruit flies in my life, and I’ve seen my share of flies. And I know the difference. These were definitely fruit flies.

But this wasn’t some kind of ridiculous fruit fly presence, like the time that I counted at least 30 fruit flies on the wall behind me at a certain South Philadelphia restaurant.

And, frankly, I didn’t really care about the little buggers at this more recent restaurant until the staff’s adamant protests of their obvious existence.

I’m not naming the restaurant, because I don’t think they have a serious infestation, and I’ve eaten there many times before and have never been bothered by any insect of any kind.

But my friend was very put off by the bugs. And another friend (and local restaurant industry veteran) I mentioned it to said, “I think that when you get two fruit flies in your glass of wine, there’s a problem.”

Or are fruit flies in a restaurant just a fact of life? You tell us.

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  • Frankie fingerz

    Fruit flies are from not cleaning the bar properly. Duh

  • Alimentarian

    I bought a steak at Wholefoods last weekend and cooked it correctly. It was delicious. And way to go dredging up your old hatchet job in which you complained about a shrimp boil being done exactly the way it’s done in Louisiana.

    • vfiorillo

      Don’t forget about the disgusting fruit fly infestation.

  • Suria

    Went to a certain Whole Foods in PA area last night and wanted to pick up a danish. There must have been about 25 fruit flies flying around in the enclosed pastry case. I brought it to a workers attention but I dont know what happened next because I left without buying any danish

    • JA

      I’ve seen that at other supermarkets…you may or may not have noticed that some pastry displays have fans in them which is meant to keep the “flies” away from the pastries.

      A certain new REALLY BIG (hint) supermarket that opened recently in Havertown decided to put the bakery right next to the produce department and is having a problem with fruit flies hanging out in the pastry display…the also just started installing fans in and sround the bakery to thwart the flies.

  • everwundah…

    Victor is quickly becoming the foodie-dbag version of Andy Rooney.

  • shakespeare

    Agreed, Victor’s tired commentary draws more flies than any restaurant in Philadelphia.

  • Katie

    So sick of food writers bloggers with there nose in the air writing about food culture with such cynicism. Like they have a clue?Have you lost touch with reality that much that a few flys in a restaurant is really something to write about? I can’t believe people actually think that this is news/ information worth anything. Get a grip.