->'''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!''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

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 LethalChef or two, but in some cases the food tastes alright despite being coated in bacteria.

See also GreasySpoon.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{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.

* In ''Film/{{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 ''Film/{{Alien}}'' with John Hurt even reprising the role.

* Most of the restaurants in ''Literature/{{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."

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* Torgo's Pizza in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ultimately closed down due to sanitation problems.
* On ''{{Series/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.
* ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' 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 [[ImAHumanitarian people]]) ending up in the burgers, which always prompts the response from Barth "I ''heard'' that!"
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': 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.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' 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.)
* ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' is more ComedicSociopathy; 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.

* French-Canadian series Les 2 Minutes du Peuple has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R5kWlboQVA Snack Bar chez Raymond]]".

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''Richard's Poor Almanac'' has a recurring series of "Restaurant Closings", listing different colorful eateries and their equally colorful health code violations.
* Irma's Diner in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. To say the place is not up to code would be an understatement. The soup has hair in it with rollers, the coffee [[TastesLikeFeet 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''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HectorBadgeOfCarnage'' 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 ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' games.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' 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.
--> Mike:"I think I got salmonella just walking in here."
* [[SuckECheeses Freddy Fazbear's Pizza]] in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' 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. [[spoiler: Plus, there's the whole issue of the animatronics being possessed and homicidal...]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns 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.

* The Golden Trough in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' is a prime example. "High" points include:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00217.htm Formerly known as "The International House of Decaying Invertebrates"]]
** Signs announcing that "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00221.htm Almost 90% of our food is non-toxic]]"
** A cockroach [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00222.htm dying after taking a single bite from Sam's plate.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' the kebab place that Tessa's squad visits after getting drunk has a sign stating [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20121015.html "Got food poisoning? Next meal is free!"]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. 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?
** 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.
* When WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead 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 ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' when a rat is seen inside.