Sticky tablecloths and seats, condiments clotted with dried food,
trash under the table. All are signs of subpar upkeep that make you wonder how gross that wipe-up rag will be when your waiter finally comes to clean. Greasy, spotted menus. Staff should frequently wipe them down with cleaner and a paper towel, or replace them if they’re disposable. This can be hard to monitor, so have your kids wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after they place their orders. Never rest your menu on your plate.
Bare hands. Gloves are mandatory for kitchen workers who come into direct contact with food, so sneak a peek on your way to the restroom. Another common hand problem: Counter staff who bounce back and forth between prepping food and working the cash register. If the guy making sandwiches is the same person running customers’ credit cards—and he’s not changing his gloves—find another lunch spot.