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What Would You Do?

We've all been in crazy situations, and I want to know how you handle entertaining fiascoes and bad restaurant behavior. I'll present a situation and you tell me what you would do. Here's today's scenario:

You've just moved into a new neighborhood, and the friendly family next door stops by to say hi. They happen to own a nearby restaurant that you've been curious about and wanting to try. The hang-up? They invite you over, and it turns out their house is disorganized, dirty, and ill kept — which leaves you questioning the restaurant's cleanliness and health standards. As you leave, the family encourages you to come to the restaurant sometime for a meal. What would you do?

To find out what I would do in this scenario — it happened to a friend! —


Because they're such nice neighbors, I'd go to the restaurant to make nice. I would avoid ordering anything raw (like oysters), instead opting for a small dish and a drink. I'd choose something that's popular on the menu, as the food is more likely to be fresh and routinely prepared. And I'd definitely take a look at the health inspection scorecard on my way out!


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Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
Hahaha Mykie7 you just reminded me, my grandfather was a Daily News photographer and there are barely any family photos with my mom as a child, but boxes upon boxes of his professional work! I wouldn't doubt this could be the case!
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I agree with going anyway - but I'd check the health records BEFORE going - around here, there's a website you can go check on local restaurants!
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I think it's like the plumbers whose pipes are all broken. The restaurant is probably fine, but like suggested before, I'd see what their past Health department record looks like.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I find that a lot of people run their homes very differently than they conduct business. So I couldn't really judge the restauarant until I saw it. Plus, as ilanac said, restuarants operate under health codes so it's held to a much different set of standards than their private home. I'd definitely still go and check out the restaurant. If the home gave me too much cause for concern, I'd mention that I'd love a tour of the kitchen to get a "behind the scenes" look if that was ok. The family would take it as a sign of interest in them, and you could check out the cooking area to set your mind at ease (or run, given the state of the place).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I would go once, to be polite, than make a judgement based on the experiance, food and decor.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
see i thin kthat it would go to their restaurant under the assumption that at least the place will be abiding by health codes and hope that it lives up to my expectations. think about this in another context. you work at a retail store and you have to fold and clean clothes all day long. when you get home, you just don't have it in you to do the same thing there so your closet is just a bit more messy than you'd like and you have a pile of clothes on the floor. the 2 things are separate entities so you can't assume one thing based on the other.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 8 years
This one is...not such a big deal. There is a difference between home and business. Your home may be messy but that doesn't mean your business is the same way. Other people are seeing it. And like mondaymoos said, running the business could be the reason why their house is a bit messy.
steen steen 8 years
I would try the restaurant out to be nice, although I'd come with a healthy dose of skepticism. Their household may not necessarily reflect their work ethic; they may be too busy keeping their restaurant in tip-top condition to really spend a lot of time keeping their home up!
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
I'm overly picky when it comes to dining out. If I knew the owners of such restaurant intimately, I would go once. Of course I would check the rating, as I always do. Actually, I would order the most expensive thing on the menu, and go off that. You never know, maybe they're horrible homemakers who put their efforts into their business. If I didn't like the meal, I'd never return.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
I guess I'm in with the majority of comments thus far. I'd go. As a former brick and mortar store owner with a child, I can tell you the house would be a mess, but I'd freak if the shop wasn't spotless. Two years after I closed my shop I'm still in the process of getting the house organized! But I will say this, key areas such as the bathroom and kitchen are always spotless -- perhaps messy at times, but always spotlessly clean. My idea towards housework is rather lax, I like things clean, but I'm not a neatnik, I have far more important things to be doing than scrubbing every surface every day (like a neighbor I have -- her house is classic "Felix Unger" and a drag to visit.)
kia kia 8 years
I would probably try their restaurant. Some small business owners practically live at their businesses and can neglect their homes so that they succeed. This could be one of those cases. I'd give it a shot and then judge after that.
lisabarn lisabarn 8 years
I agree with Suzyrider - they could be so busy at work they don't have time to clean, besides if they are in SF, they have to post their health inspection scorecard so you would know right away whether their hygiene is better at work then at home....
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 8 years
I would stay away. The people that live across the street from me own a chinese restaurant. They are dirty filthy pigs (rich ones though!). They store their produce overnight in the back of his beat up truck and their garage is filled with crates of packaged foods that I have seen sit there for months on end before they load and take them to the restaurant. Their restaurant has been closed down twice for rats. I saw if you see them live like pigs, more than likely they are as lax as they can get away with at the restaurant. I just would not be able to trust them, personally.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I agree, just because they keep their house messy doesn't necessarily mean the restaurant is in the same condition. I'd check and avoid anything raw like yum suggests, it would be a shame to pass up on a potentially good hot spot just because of the owners lack of organization.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I wouldn't be so quick to judge the restaurant based on their house. A messy house could be caused by kids, pets, and being at work all day and too tired to clean when you get home - none of which would factor into the restaurants state of cleanliness. And people behave differently when they're at home compared to when they're at work.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
This is a hard one, because everyone's definition of "disorganized, dirty and ill kept" is going to be different. Plus, if they're running a business, it could be that they have trouble finding the time to keep their house up to standard. I'd go check out the resteraunt, regardless. Maybe do a cityguide check on it first. :)
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