Going to a bad restaurant is the worst. Sometimes it's not only the food that's bad, but the whole vibe of the place is off. Here are some clear signs that a restaurant is a no go.
What is a sure sign you are in a bad restaurant?
The whole place smells, and not like delicious foodGiphy
When the not-quite-clean smell from the restrooms somehow permeates the entire place.
Check out the crowdGiphy
There are no other customers, or the customers are all pensioners. If a lot of locals eat there, it's usually good.
If the front is sorta dirty, decor items kinda broke, bathrooms kinda need a good cleaning, and the corners and under the tables have napkins or crumbs, you can be damn sure the kitchen is dirty. What really goes on in a dining room? A kitchen is busy, stuff gets dropped, and when things get busy they cut corners. If they've started cutting corners where customers can see, then I'd bet money they are cutting corners in the kitchen.
When they bite off more than they can chewGiphy
An overly diverse menu.
No, I don't think you are experts at Italian AND Mexican AND Japanese AND American BBQ.
Cleanliness starts in the detailsGiphy
Look at the salt and pepper shakers. If they are clean someone cared enough to check.
All the red flagsGiphy
Tons of menu items. Greasy/dirty menu. Not busy. If you see kitchen clutter in the dining area. Bad Smells. Poor lighting.
When the upkeep endsGiphy
A row of proudly displayed excellent hygiene certificates... That stop a few years ago.
If the food doesn't stay downGiphy
Once I saw someone barfing outside of an Old Country Buffet. I thought that was an appropriate indication of what the food situation was inside.
Pay attention to the art workGiphy
When you walk into a mexican restaurant and there's a portrait of an indian chief stabbing a pregnant woman.
I can't make this up. They microwaved the quesadillas we ordered. They fortunately are no longer in business
When the plastic menu sticks to the table and requires peeling to remove...