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Lethal Eatery

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Lots of comedies feature restaurants and other food service venues with breathtakingly bad public health risks. Food is sold months or even years after its expiration date. It's often prepared by an uncouth cook who manages to get a great deal of hair and bodily fluid into whatever he's cooking. This is almost always played for laughs.
A Lethal Eatery may employ a Lethal Chef or two, but in some cases the food tastes alright despite being coated in bacteria.
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Viz has "Hen Cabin", whose proprietor's rule is that anything can be covered up with batter and anything that doesn't need to be covered up with batter is too expensive to make a profit on. Also, the unnamed bakery in "Drunken Bakers", due to the proprietors' crippling alcoholism rather than malice.
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In one issue of Chew, a sushi restaurant that is actually a front for organized crime discourages legitimate customers by never changing the sushi. Unfortunately for Tony Chu, his investigation requires him to eat some.
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In The Whiteboard Doc has a mild panic when he discovers his new girlfriend works at a coffee shop that re-used old coffee grounds, charged by the sheet for napkins, and used sugar that turned people's teeth purple. Fortunately it turns out the old owner was arrested after Doc's last visit to the place and Cara actually bought it.
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On Cheers Norm's favorite restaurant, the Hungry Heifer, is sometimes described like this. He goes there because the food is cheap and tastes OK, but there is the occasional stomach-pumping incident.
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Just about every restaurant in The Simpsons is dead guilty of being this.
There's the Kwik-E-Mart where nearly every perishable item is past its expiration (yet Apu charges exorbitant prices anyways).
Moe's Tavern is home to herds of rats, has cockroaches swimming in its pickled eggs and occasionally uses old hypodermic needles as martini straws. In one episode, the health inspector dies after eating one of the pickled eggs. That isn't even the worst part, when a new health inspector shows up a week later, the corpse of the previous inspector is still there.
Then there's Krusty Burger, which isn't above using mad cow beef or stapling together half-eaten burgers for resale. Heck, in Treehouse of Horror XX, they cause the freaking Zombie Apocalypse from their burgers!
Captain McCallister's restaurant, The Frying Dutchman, has its food crawling with giant cockroaches and got a D rating from the health inspector.
In the movie, Lard Lad's Donuts was shut down by the health inspector and so they give away all their donuts for free. You can spot a rat running off with a donut in its mouth.
According to Mayor Quimby, ALL fast food restaurants in Springfield were rated Awful to Mediocre.
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When Beavis and Butt-Head work at Burger World, something usually goes wrong. If it isn't that the boys have decided to deep fry some earthworms, it's that Beavis has used the spatula to scratch his jock itch. The two hooligans have come close to burning down the place more than once, and even managed to cause an epidemic from their tainted food at one point.
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Alpha Protocol has a Gelato shop that's actually a front for the NSA (maybe). The place is covered in an inch of grime and the stork clerk/handler walks out of the back licking the gelato scoop and then scratching himself with it. Mike, who can potentially have 20 years of field experience depending on the background, has a look of muted horror and revulsion on his face.
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The Golden Trough in Freefall is a prime example. "High" points include:
Formerly known as "The International House of Decaying Invertebrates"
Signs announcing that "Almost 90% of our food is non-toxic"
A cockroach dying after taking a single bite from Sam's plate.
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Irma's Diner in Garfield. To say the place is not up to code would be an understatement. The soup has hair in it with rollers, the coffee tastes like turpentine, there is a hoof in the meat loaf, the cows for the hamburgers are burned alive, and dozens of other examples over the years. There was even one strip where Irma claimed the cook was home sick with anthrax.
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Most of the restaurants in Discworld's Ankh-Morkpork are like this, and the narration claims that trying to have public health laws would be like "installing smoke detectors in Hell."
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In S.S.D.D the kebab place that Tessa's squad visits after getting drunk has a sign stating "Got food poisoning? Next meal is free!"
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That Mitchell and Webb Look featured "Didldidi", a cheap "bargain" supermarket parodying Lidl and Aldi, where all the food on sale is unfit for human consumption or past its sell-by date (or both.)
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The Grossery Gang webseries takes place in the Yucky Mart, a near-abandoned convenience store where the food has rotted so much that they have gained sentience. The store is rated F from the health department, and the food served is literally vomit-inducing.
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Kaeloo: In Episode 64, Mr. Cat starts a fast food restaurant where trash from the dumpster is served as food if they run out of ingredients, the toilets haven't been cleaned for so long that a giant sea monster lives inside them, and the counter is dusty.
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Flip’s Food and Fuel from The Loud House; Flip is shown to sell expired products and soak his feet in the nacho cheese. The Loud family would gladly purchase food and fuel elsewhere, but seeing as it’s the only known gas station in town, the family has no choice but to keep going there.
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In Shadowrun: Hong Kong a series of Shadowland forum posts paints a dire picture of "Uncle Tse's House of Pork". One poster mentions that they've been stuck on the toilet for two days straight, only being able to post thanks to the wonders of portable networking. The other "reviews" aren't very encouraging either.
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Torgo's Pizza in Mystery Science Theater 3000, ultimately closed down due to sanitation problems.
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Daria: Jake develops anasakaiasis after a business lunch at a sushi bar called Tokyo Toby's. After pulling a worm out of Jake's throat, his doctor complains about how that 'worm farm' should have been closed by the Health Dept by now.
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Daredevil: Josie's Bar has health violations all around, but since Nelson & Murdock are loyal patrons who've helped Josie out of legal troubles, they're allowed to have a huge tab there and overlook the moldy water pipes.
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The Lazy Eel in A Song of Ice and Fire is an inn that offers the oldest whores and vilest wine in White Harbor, along with meat pies full of gristle and lard.
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Futurama: For similar reasons as found on The Simpsons, also created by Matt Groening.
Panucci's Pizza follows this trope, among other things the owner scratches himself with a pepperoni roll, blows his nose with pizza dough, and uses his pizza paddle to spank his employees and kill rats.
Elzar's is also crawling with roaches despite being a gourmet restaurant.
There's also the Cygnoid pizza shop. The restaurant uses manure in its pizzas due to a gross ignorance of Earth cuisine.
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Kitchen Nightmares is more Comedic Sociopathy; at some locations, Gordon suffered food poisoning and openly stated he could have been killed by the, ahem, cooking. In the US version, food safety violations forcing Gordon to shut a restaurant down was a relatively frequent occurrence.
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Every restaurant in Invader Zim is caked in grime and filth and staffed by disgusting uncouth slobs. All part of the hilarious misanthropic atmosphere of Invader Zim.
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In the Daft Planet episode "Snitchy and the Phobe", Ched and Harley get jobs at Hudson's dad's TV network. In it, they investigate the kitchens of restaurants across Maple City, exposing them as this.
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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Chum Bucket, owned by the show's antagonist Plankton. The food there is so hazardous that people who eat it can die of food poisoning.
Although the Chum Bucket is usually the primary example of this, the Krusty Krab is often if not equally as guilty of being one too. Especially in "Born-Again Krabs", when Krabs wanted to sell a rotten Krabby Patty to save a few cents, refused to let SpongeBob make another one until he had sold the rotten one and then got severe food poisoning when he ate it himself to prove it wasn't so bad.
Another episode had Mr. Krabs focusing the marketing on SpongeBob after a food critic praised him, culminating in him selling "Spongey Patties" which were krabby patties with a sponge pattern and color... from sitting out of the freezer.
And another had Mr. Krabs force SpongeBob serve pure grease to the customers instead of meat and bun.
Another had Mr. Krabs get Sandy to develop a new kind of krabby patty that ends up turning everybody into krabby patty zombies.
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The Ghoul's Diner in Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. would qualify if a large percentage of the customers weren't already various forms of undead. The living customers are nearly all various Unnaturals who do not have the same vulnerabilities to food-borne disease as humans would.
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Hector: Badge of Carnage has Chez LeBouffett. The place is swarming with flies and if you complain about the meat on your plate the waiter will grab your half eaten meal, dump it back into the buffet cart and then serve you a new plate from the ensuing pile. Hector does some horrifyingly disgusting things in the game but he refuses to eat the food at the restaurant.
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The Bolt Chronicles: In “The Baseball Game,” more than half of the Prairie City Schooners baseball team is laid low with food poisoning the day of the final game of the Single-A World Series, thanks to dining at a sketchy barbecue joint the night before. Given that one of the menu items is called “Ptomaine Tasties,” they should have known better. When the team runs out of players, honorary mascot Bolt is pressed into playing duty.
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Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Stinky's Diner specializes in making the worst possible foods imaginable. Grandpa Stinky even takes great pride in the culinary dark arts to the point that his granddaughter who is also named Stinky was literally born from a cake called "The Cake of the Damned".
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The entire point of We Happy Restaurant is selling highly dangerous food to people and watching them mutate and die while spending all their money at your restaurant.
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In Spaceballs, it's implied that the customer of a space diner contracted the alien parasite from the food he was served. The scene is an obvious reference to Alien with John Hurt even reprising the role.
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How I Met Your Mother:
Marshall and Lily get food at an unhygienic deli and have gotten food poisoning more than a few times. They continue to eat there because the food is that good. And because they give them free soup every time they get sick from it.
There's also the infamous Gazzola's, a Chicago pizzeria that was a favorite of Ted and Marshall's in their college days. The food is generously referred to as "underdone", they get horrifically ill every time they eat there, and rats are not an uncommon occurrence. The place ultimately ends up getting shut down for good by the city.
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Gusteau's is wrongly thought to be this in Ratatouille when a rat is seen inside. It costs Anton Ego his job.
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You Can't Do That on Television has Barth's Burgers, serving the only burgers in town with, as the slovenly chef/proprietor is always proud to point out, "spit in the mixture." The skit usually ends with the kids joking about non-cow animals (or even people) ending up in the burgers, which always prompts the response from Barth "I heard that!"
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