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I Don't Trust Restaurant Letter Grades

A, B, or C? IDGAF. Fancy letter grades doled out by clueless health department inspectors are less important than common sense and letting a restaurant earn your trust.
Grant Pardee
9.16.17
Restaurant Confessionals
Restaurant Confessionals

Hustling Weed on the Side Helps Keep My Restaurant Open

Welcome back to Restaurant Confessionals, where we talk to the unheard voices of the restaurant industry from both the front-of-house (FOH) and back-of-house (BOH) about what really goes on behind the scenes at your favorite establishments. In this...
Anonymous
9.12.17
COLOMBIA
COLOMBIA

Inside the Colombian Kitchen That's Making Rebels and Soldiers into Chefs

Former FARC guerrillas work right alongside demobilized Colombian army soliders in the kitchens of Juan Manuel Barrientos' acclaimed restaurants in Medellín and Bogotá, where the chef tries to sew peace through cooking.
Laura Dixon
9.10.17
Restaurant Confessionals
Restaurant Confessionals

My Restaurant Has Paid Human Smugglers to Bring Mexicans Over the Border

I have over 20 Mexican employees. And the real truth is that I don’t know which are legal and which aren’t. I truly don’t care. They’re loyal to me and I’m loyal to them.
Anonymous
9.9.17
WTF
WTF

Is Toilet Food Considered a Health Code Violation?

Welcome to the first installment of 'Seriously, Though, Who Is This?' I anonymously texted a bunch of revered chefs weird photos of gourds on toilet rims to deduce their true stances on food safety. The results were divided, to say the least.
Xavier Aaronson
9.5.17
robots
robots

Robots Cooked and Served My Dinner

In the Chinese city of Kunshan, a small army of robot cooks and waiters serve dumplings and fried rice to curious customers at Tian Waike Restaurant, and their owner eventually wants his robots to replace humans the world over.
Jamie Fullerton
8.30.17
Restaurant Confessionals
Restaurant Confessionals

These Are the Worst Jokes That Waiters Tell for Better Tips

"I think the customers like my jokes. I guess you kinda have to be there to get it at the time."
Thieu Custers
8.29.17
Restaurants
Restaurants

Inside the Turbulent Life of a Famous Restaurant Critic

Attempted bribery, chefs with anger management issues, and difficulty staying anonymous.
Iris Bouwmeester
7.1.17
Ramen
Ramen

A New Ramen Spot in Taiwan Had a Record-Breaking, 250-Hour-Long Line Out the Door

Hella longer than even your most shameful Netflix binge session.
Jelisa Castrodale
6.29.17
LGBTQ
LGBTQ

This Indian Restaurant Is Secretly a Gay Bar

Chef Preeti Mistry's Juhu Beach Club swaps out dive bar dinginess for community, comfort, and delicious food.
Elazar Sontag
6.27.17
Restaurant Confessionals
Restaurant Confessionals

Why I Only Sleep with Bartenders

"Every single person I’ve slept with for the last four years is a narcissist with a drinking problem."
Anonymous
6.25.17
Restaurant Confessionals
Restaurant Confessionals

How These Servers Got Revenge on Obnoxious Customers

"We once decided to make her a regular hamburger with real meat instead of the veggie patty."
Iris Bouwmeester
6.24.17