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Lethal Eatery
Shary Bobbins: And the clerk who runs the store can charge a little more for meat!
Apu: For meat
Shary Bobbins: And milk
Apu: And milk!
Shary Bobbins & Apu: From nineteen-eighty-four!

Lots of comedies feature restaurants and other food service venues with breathtakingly bad public health risks. Food is sold months 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.

See also Greasy Spoon.


Examples:

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    Film 
  • In Spaceballs, it's implied that the customer of a space diner contracted the alien parasite from the food he was served.

    Literature 
  • 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."

    Live Action Television 
  • Torgo's Pizza in Mystery Science Theater 3000, ultimately closed down due to sanitation problems.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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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    Video Games 
  • The game 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.
  • Stinky's Diner from the Telltale Sam & Max: Freelance Police games.
  • 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 scrathing 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.
    Mike:"I think I got salmonella just walking in here."
  • Freddy Fazbear's Pizza in Five Nights at Freddy's is due to be closed down because of concern over public health risks to diners - parents have reported blood and mucus oozing out of the mascots.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons has two classic examples. There's the Quick-E-Mart where nearly every perishable item is past its expiration and Moe's Tavern which is home to herds of rats, has cockroaches swimming in its pickled eggs and occasionally uses old hypodermic needles as martini straws.
  • Panucci's Pizza from Futurama 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.
  • The Krusty Krab of SpongeBob SquarePants. Especially in "Born-Again Krabs." Remember how Krabs wanted to sell that old smelly Krabby Patty to save a few cents?
    Squidward: Spongebob, can I get one with less...fog?
  • When Beavis And Butthead 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.
  • 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.
  • Gusteau's is wrongly thought to be this in Ratatouille when a rat is seen inside.


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