Love/Hate relationship never meant more to me than after viewing my first segment of KPTV Fox 12’s Dirty Dining. The Double-D highlights a restaurant’s antics with health inspectors and host Kerry Tomlinson. Meant to be more comedy than genuine news report, Dirty Dining takes some horrific liberties to generate negative responses towards local restaurants. Take this report from Dirty Dining host, Kerry Tomlinson visit to Portland City Grill:
Raw Calamari at 49 Degrees (Dangerous level)
Egg Batter at 50 degrees (Also a dangerous level)
Salad Prep Cooler not at a safe temperature (Bacteria could grow!)
Dirty Knives in with Clean Knives! (I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE!)
Will Dirty Dining affect my desire to eat at Portland City Grill (one of my favorite places to make fun of even though I enjoy myself every time)? Of course not! I’m pretty sure the only place I ever eat raw egg batter and calamari is in the comfort of my own home. I also have been known to flirt with disaster and toss dirty spoons in with clean spoons, but not knives! What stupid restaurant would do such a thing?
For me personally, Dirty Dining really “raised some eyebrows” with their continuous visits to Cheerful Tortoise’s. Before I watched that report, a group of friends visited the Cheerful for cheap “recovery food”. A friend ordered the pancakes… and he is a no-pro when it comes to culinary experiences. After waiting 45 minutes, he was eventually served well-done, black pancakes. This North American flapjack was so burnt we tossed them across the table to test it’s sturdiness. The Double D helped me realize that Cheerful Tortoise is a gross place to eat.
It’s easy to love the hijinks that ensue on Dirty Dining. You’ll also find ease to hate its junk reporting. Dirty Dining is a horrible news gimmick to keep Portlanders fearful of area restaurants. The problem with Double D is that We already know these places are obviously craptastic and could cause post-digest stomach aches, but we still eat there. Please just don’t SHOW/TELL me why I shouldn’t. It’s like taking a black light to your hotel room.
Here are some of my favorite 34DD classics with links to each segment:
- Northwest Burger= F
- The Acropolis= C
- Paddy’s= F
- McMenamins Kennedy School= C-
- Montage= F
- 21st Avenue Bar and Grill= C-
“Highway to the temperature danger zone!”