Originally posted by marberthenad
I rarely eat at national chains anymore. Cleanliness is one of the main reasons. But even that reason was derivative of the main fact that there is no atmosphere in a chain. Roadfood restaurants have atmosphere, and for the most part, the people who work in there are having fun and know that they are in a unique place. Fastfood restaurants encourage robotic service. I have found that no one cares enough to be clean -- what is the incentive?? Look behind the counter in most fast food chains -- it's usually pretty gross.
But, on a brighter note, since discovering the Stern Diaries, I have been happy and found that cleanliness is rarely an issue too.
I remember when the Subway blitzkreig hit town; I tried them several times but was appalled at the sloppiness of the prep area, which is right in front of you as they prepare the sandwiches.
I don't think I've ever been in a Whataburger in which there wasn't a mop bucket and mop and sign saying 'caution - wet floor' sitting in the middle of the restaurant, even during the peak lunch hour. I suppose that's better than there being a mess there but its not very appetizing to look at or to smell.
I work nights and hit the fast food outlets maybe 1 or 2 times a week because its all that's available and I'm bad about not leaving enough time to fix something at home; I mostly go thru drive-thrus. If I can't see it, it can't hurt me, right
But slop is not confined to the fast food chains. I refuse to eat at Goode Co. Taqueria here because their fixin's bar is allowed to get to the state of being a slop pit after hundreds of customers pick over it. I've seen salsa sitting out so long it had developed a crust on it; they don't keep the trays of sliced tomatoes, pickles, onions, salsa, etc. (they probably serve more burgers than tacos) iced down well. I've seen buspersons pass back and forth by it dozens of times while I've been in there and take no steps to pick up food that's been spilled on the floor or slopped all over the fixin's area.