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20 Cities with the Dirtiest Restaurants

People often don’t complain about a dirty restaurant.

“I’ll bet that our kitchen at home is dirtier than a restaurant kitchen is, so why worry about it?” is a oft-cited statement.  And while that may be true, you’re at least aware of what is or isn’t dirty and take steps to recitify that before you dine.

If you didn’t care about this cleanliness perception, then why do you bother to clean your house before guests arrive? Why polish the silver or wipe down the haze from the glassware?

Exactly – you really are concerned about whether your home kitchen is clean, you just don’t want to admit it.

Restaurant Basics Revisited: Why Guests Don't Come Back ... and What You Can Do About It
Restaurant Basics Revisited:
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So maybe that dive down the street isn’t as clean as it should be.  You’ve heard good things about restaurants in other cities – surely THEY don’t have a food safety concern. Only restaurants in YOUR town are dirty.

Well, that may not necessarily be true – and there are SOME CITIES THAT HAVE DIRTIER RESTAURANTS THAN OTHERS.

At least, that’s what the CSPI (the Center for Science in the Public Interest) discovered in a recent analysis of food inspection reports from major metropolitan areas.

Based on the 20 BEST CITIES list published in COOKING LIGHT magazine, here are the CSPI rankings of the DIRTIEST RESTAURANT CITIES, from Worst to Least Worst:

  1. Austin
  2. Boston
  3. Milwaukee
  4. Colorado Springs
  5. Kandas City
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Denver
  8. las Vegas
  9. Washington, DC
  10. New York
  11. Atlanta
  12. Portland OR
  13. Baltimore
  14. Minneapolis
  15. Chicago
  16. St Louis
  17. Seattle
  18. Philadelphia
  19. San Francisco
  20. Tuscon