Why You Should Check the Cleanliness of a Restaurant’s Bathroom

Employees almost always use the same restrooms as customers, so make sure a restaurant has the basic hand-washing necessities. 

The next time you are stopping in to dine somewhere new you may want to stop by the bathroom first.  A Food Safety Program representative says just because restaurants are inspected by the health department, that doesn’t guarantee they are up to par on sanitary conditions. But there are a few tell-tale signs you can check.  The bathroom is one of those.  Employees almost always use the same restrooms as customers, so make sure a restaurant has the basic hand-washing necessities.  Another thing you can judge is the cleanliness of the staff.  If the in-plain-sight staff isn’t practicing good hygiene, there’s a good chance that the employees in the back aren’t, either.  Generally, health inspectors look for things consumers can’t see—such as refrigerator temperatures, employee sanitation practices, and potential cross-contamination of food.