Food Safety Consumer Alerts & Closures

Eating out can be risky business. Lots of variables come in to play: are the ingredients fresh and stored in a safe/clean location? Did the cook wash their hands after taking a dump (the crude, harsh reality)? Have the dishes been sanitized? Is the server going to treat you well? You never know what you’re going to get… literally.

One way of knowing if the venue you’re about to patronize is worthy of your hard-earned cash is by checking the Food Safety Consumer Alerts & Closures posted by the Allegheny County Health Department. It contains eye opening violations from some very popular food joints in the Burgh.

When you choose to eat at a nasty place, remember that you’re paying to be potentially poisoned. If you enjoy the thrill of being potentially poisoned (and are willing to pay for it) then this list might be a good place to start.

Things to keep in mind:

  • These are the restaurants that were caught. That doesn’t mean unlisted venues are safe.
  • The list shows data from the past four years and the problems could have been corrected or ownership could have changed since the violation.
  • The list doesn’t seem to be updated frequently. For example, the last update was over a month ago.

To register a complaint about a restaurant that you believe to be in violation of Health Department codes, click here.

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