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 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.
See also Greasy Spoon.
- 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 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.
- 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."
- 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. 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
Matt Murdock: See that... that's why we, uh, keep our cocktails neat.Foggy Nelson: Pretend you're abroad. On vacation someplace exotic, but no mojitos. Josie just throws mint in the beer.
- French-Canadian series Les 2 Minutes du Peuple has "Snack Bar chez Raymond".
- 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 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.
- 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 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."
- 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. Plus, there's the whole issue of the animatronics being possessed and homicidal...
- 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.
- Afterlife has a few of these as options for Gluttony punishments. The better examples of this trope include "Pinhead Pizza" (where everything tastes good but is full of throat-ripping metal), "The Pandimensional House of Vermin" (which teaches you rats do NOT taste like chicken) and especially the "Ecoli Shack" ("Two Words: Cow Sushi").
- The Golden Trough in Freefall is a prime example. "High" points include:
- 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!"
- 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.
- Although the Chum Bucket is usually the primary example of this on SpongeBob SquarePants, the Krusty Krab is often if not equally as guilty of being one too. 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.
- And another had Mr. Krabs force SpongeBob serve pure grease to the customers instead of meat and bun.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.