The place seemed like many other mom n pop eateries in the area, and I was in the mood for Chinese food, so I didn't think twice about eating here.
Okay, so the establishment didn't give an impression of being super-clean or well-kept, but the same can be said for numerous other eateries. I came for the food anyway, right?
There were several groups eating in this small establishment, so I took this as a good sign. I was eating alone, so I was seated at a small table just outside of the kitchen service entrance. I got to see them cook.
As I ordered my food, a nearby table with a group of 7 or 8 people were getting up to leave. The waitress went about clearing the table. I noticed that a couple of the plates had their food untouched. Strange. Even more peculiar, the waitress was being very careful about removing these plates, so I watched her. She brought these plates back to the kitchen, and then proceeded to PUT THE RICE BACK INTO THE RICE COOKER. Is something wrong with the garbage can???? She seemed careful not to get any sauces into the cooker.
I couldn't believe what I was seeing. What's worse, a minute or so later, my order came up, and I watched the waitress scoop this "recycled" rice onto my plate!
Now, I don't know if the stir-fried meat and veggies were "recycled" as well, but why take the chance? I paid the bill and left without eating. The waitress seemed kind enough and asked if I didn't like the food. Obviously not.
I shouldn't have paid and should have gave them hell. But they probably needed the 7 bucks more than me, and I doubt the waitress could comprehend what she did was wrong.
I'm wondering how the hell VCHA's Environmental Health Dept could issue a food service permit for this restaurant in the first place. Nice to know FoodSafe certification is taken so seriously. Typical government enforcement.