POLL: Should Dirty Philly Restaurants Be Forced to Tell You They Are Dirty?

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If you’ve spent any time at all in New York City, you’ve no doubt noticed these Department of Health letter grades stuck to the front door or window of every restaurant you pass by. And earlier this week, Per Se, one of the most expensive restaurants in New York, got some pretty awful press when it didn’t do so well on its inspection.

Other cities have similar programs, including places like Raleigh and Los Angeles. But in Philadelphia, if you want to know how a restaurant did on its most recent health inspection report and whether there was evidence of mouse or insect infestation or other gross stuff, you have to search the city’s database. And reports aren’t even posted there until 30 days after inspection.


With the city's recent push for "promoting transparency," these restaurant inspections certainly could be more transparent. But is that necessarily a good idea?

POLL Should Dirty Philly Restaurants Be Forced to Tell You They Are Dirty?


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  • Boo-urns

    Yep… every city that posts the inspection results ratings in a very large, conspicuous way is absolutely doing the right thing.

    If the restaurant lobby doesn’t want any negative repercussions then they need to do everything in their power to make sure places are run properly.

  • http://thats-normal.com/ Jamie

    YESSSS. How do we make this happen?

  • John Smith

    Who are the loons saying “the system is unfair”??

    Must be restaurant owners or lazy city inspectors.

    • aye

      same loons that don’t want GMOs listed

    • ugh

      those of us who know that Philadelphia’s government isn’t capable of regulating something like this without inevitable corruption…

  • Alimentarian

    Instead of using this grading system, the city should just require restaurants to keep their vermin in plain view like Green Eggs Cafe.

  • Terry B

    Serve Safe Certs for all….even the home cook
    Then you would be voting and educated loud YES!!!

  • Big C

    I just observe the conditions when I go in, if it looks well maintained, I eat. There’s always a bottle of Pepto at home is there’s an issue…

  • J

    In this day and age, I think people have plenty of information to make a valid call on stuff like this. I check restaurant reviews on yelp/open table…the reviews on there are brutally honest. And common sense doesn’t hurt (when I go to a restaurant, I look around, if it looks clean, its probably fine). I don’t need the govt to help me with every little thing in life. Personally, I think they should lower my taxes and get the hell out of the way.