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Oct 2, 2010 01:34 PM

Would a roach scare you away if the food was good and the place did not look dirty?


A few months ago, we ate a sushi restaurant that had just opened up near my office. While we were dining, a small roach ran across our table (the hubster trapped it under the soy sauce pot). We showed it to the server and he was exceedingly embarrased as he dispatched it and hustled away.

We were tempted to leave, but our food seemed fresh, properly prepared, and was tasty. I was creeped out the whole time and looking for more bugs, but saw nothing else out of the ordinary. Everything within sight looked clean... the carpet, the fixtures... everything tidy, nothing dingy or grimy or smelly. The health department sign in the front was an "A."

We did not get comped anything, which I thought odd, since we didn't immediately leave and refuse to pay, which some people would have, I presume. But we haven't been back since. I know I should have summoned the manager to report the bug, but having never been in that situation, I wasn't sure what to do.

What would you have done? Would you ever return?

  1. I have a cockroach phobia. I'd have run out screaming, even if it had been ten feet away. I sure wouldn't go back because the roaches you see represent the gadzillions that aren't out in the open, visible. <*shudder*>

    1. After working in restaurants for 12 years, I came to expect roaches. They are ubiquitous, especially in areas where restaurants are tightly grouped. One bug would not freak me out at all.

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      1. re: mojoeater

        Where there is one roach there are many more!

        1. re: 37998Susan

          Yep. And they are in just about every restaurant or grocery store you've ever entered.

      2. It would not bother me.

        Having grown up in restaurant kitchens and worked at restaurants a good part of my life, roaches are part of restaurants -- even the ones you can't see.

        As an aside. Ever been to Hawai'i? Anyone who is freaked out by one roach should never dine out, or even visit the Islands.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Would have been the deal breaker for me.If I don't know... that's how it is.When you see them in the dining area there's that many more in the kitchen and food storage area.Everytime I hear a review of a great restaurant and some one mentions roaches or mice I cross it off my list.I may eventually just be eating my own cooking.

          1. re: casalbore spirit

            Roaches and assorted other critters are in the boxes that come into the restaurant through deliveries,
            as many as 20-30 deliveries a week in some cases Not only do you see Roaches, it is the ones that get cooked ,mixed, blended into food items that you have to realize you have eaten plenty of vermin in your lifetime, The USDA even has a minimum standard for rodent hairs and insect parts that are acceptable in Grains and Flours. Hey "It is all protein!"

            1. re: ospreycove

              Ever work in the loading/unloading areas of supermarkets?

              An absolute cornucopia of roaches and other protein-rich critters ... Yum!

              1. re: ospreycove

                It is funny that you mention the USDA specs because I will never forget reading a Readers Digest magazine article that spelled out what the tolerance was for foreign matter in different foods. It was a long tim before I could eat anything without giving it a real looking over.

                Now I am a little older and wiser and have worked in a couple restaurants and markets and know that the little buggers will outlive human life on Earth and I don't sweat it if I see one in an otherwise clean establishment.

                1. re: ospreycove

                  Roaches lay eggs in the glue that holds the cardboard boxes together.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                " Ever been to Hawai'i? Anyone who is freaked out by one roach should never dine out, or even visit the Islands"

                I once worked with someone who'd lived in Hawaii. He referred to the roaches as ""747s."

                1. re: mcf

                  I'm from Hawaii originally. We call them "747s" because they are huge and fly.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  In Florida, you have to tip the roaches. Or they might key your car.

                  1. re: Steve

                    I hate the critters but living in Fl it's a way of life - I used to run when I saw them but now I have perfected the art of a glass over the top of the Palmetto bug and put it outside or reach for the Raid.

                    1. re: smartie

                      After my sister in No. Miami Bch had Borid or Drione blown into all the voids in her house via outlets, etc, she didn't have to spray any more, never saw roaches again. I never saw one there, either. I visited repeatedly, years after the treatment.

                    2. re: Steve

                      In Hawaii, our rental was so infested with roaches we started asking them for restaurant recommendations and sightseeing tips.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        did they come up with any good ones? (I'd doubt their perspective as 1. they don't pay and 2. I wouldn't know how to begin to judge their palate.)

                        1. re: hill food

                          Well, roaches will eat anything. Figure if there's a place even they would not dine at, it's definitely a place to avoid.

                        2. re: ipsedixit

                          Did they send you off to Moose McGillycuddy's or Cheese Burger in Paradise? Or to a snorkel boat trip on the Trilogy?

                          1. re: boyzoma

                            One thing nice about the Trilogy experience is the "diving cockroaches."


                        3. re: ipsedixit

                          lol....the same goes for New Orleans (or Houston, for that matter...). During our recent trip to New Orleans we had just parked in a restaurant parking lot when what I thought was a rat ran across my foot. It took me a minute in the dim evening light to realize that it was actually a was just the size of a rat!! (Ok, maybe I exaggerate a little...but not much!)

                          I decided I was NOT going to let it ruin my evening out, and I did NOT mention it to either son or DH, since both have definite cockroach phobias.....

                          1. re: janetofreno

                            The critter that ran across your foot wasn't named Gregor by any chance, was he?

                            1. re: janetofreno

                              Yeah, down NOLA-way, the cockroaches can get pretty large. They expand exponentially, when they fly! Their wing cases open up, and about 10,000 wings come out. They are about the size of a CA condor, at that point.

                              When we go to the zoo, and they bring out the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, and tout them as the largest on Earth, I want to challenge those bugs to a "cage match" with a NOLA flying cockroach. My money is on the NOLA bug.


                              PS - regardless of how clean your home is, and how much you pay Terminex, there WILL be cockroaches, and there is no way around that, other than "leg traps" in the yard.

                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                we get some big -uns in So Fl, fortunately not all that frequently in my kitchen but the bathrooms ....... Even my big dogs are scared of them.

                                1. re: smartie

                                  Yes, the Tropics do have quite a few. Even here in the High Sonoran Desert, we have had a bad year with the little buggers. Won't see any for several years, and then there was this Summer! Made me think that I was back in the Tropics. Fortunately, out here, they were all relegated to the pool patio and the putting green - we always called a Mulligan, if one altered the line of the putt.


                          2. Palmetto bug or German roach?

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                            1. re: smartie

                              um, regular "will survive the apocalypse" cockroach. young.

                              1. re: smartie

                                smartie, Palmetto bug is enough for a family of

                              2. I know we have roaches in Minnesota, but I've never seen one here, either in our home or in a restaurant. If I saw one on a table, I'd stay and eat the food, but I probably would find another place to eat next time around.