Sure, in your worldly travels, you’ve seen some really “interesting” dining establishments. Here in the U.S., most would never believe some of the places we used to think of as “good places to eat”.
Stopped in Olpe, KS one morning for coffee. Cups already on the table. One of the crew with me noticed his cup had lipstick residue on the rim and what apppeared to be dried coffee ‘dribbles’. The waitress arrived at our table with the coffee pot in one hand and a cigarette in the other. The crew member asked her about the obviously ‘experienced’ coffee cup. With a disgusted look, she sat the coffee pot down on the table and put the cigarette between her lips. She proceeded to pull her shirtail out of a pair of pants that might have been special order from Topeak Tent & Awning… yet were a couple sizes too small for the mass they needed to keep contained. She wiped out the coffee cup with her shirtail, filled it with coffee, and set it back down in front of the worker. Her attitude easily conveyed that no further complaints would be tolerated.
The Frigid Queen in Herington, KS served up hearty portions of grease and cholesterol. I doubt the kitchen had ever seen anything close to a health inspection. But, that was back in the early 70’s.
In the 60’s, there was a hamburger place across from what is now known as the “East Campus” on Poyntz. Burgers were 10 for $1.00 and were surprisingly good. The old Creme Cup at 17th & Yuma served delightful burgers and fries. Charco’s, out by the Sky Vue Drive In had awesome burgers and fried chicken. Dog & Suds was better known for its “delicious” car hops than its quizine.
The worst “urban myth”... I hope… was a cafe between 2nd and 3rd on Poyntz. They said the cook was too large to get through the undersized doorway to the restroom. (That was long before ADA requirements on access.) It was told that she had her own “thunder bucket” in the corner of the kitchen she would use, as needed, and return to cooking. I only frequented that restaurant once, before hearing that rumor… and never again returned.
No matter the sanitary conditions… or lack thereof… we survived. Didn’t often hear of E Coli outbreaks like we do today. I still think our immune systems were better prepared to fight off the occasional intake of bacteria than they are today with the sterile enviornments we try to exist in.