Gross Out: 5 & Diner on 16th Street a Little too Grungy even for a Greasy Spoon

By Amy Silverman

I have always believed that diners should have a separate rating system, when it comes to cleanliness. C'mon, haven't you ever heard the term "greasy spoon"? But apparently the Maricopa County health inspectors don't share my nostalgia for a time when waitresses smacked gum and no one wore plastic gloves to make a grilled cheese and a malted.

The 5 & Diner on 16th Street in Phoenix got a "no award" during their last inspection. I suppose I could still eat there after reading about the barehanded tomato cutting, uncovered trash can in the women's room, lack of handwashing signs and even the "deeply scored" cutting boards and knives with "food debris".

But this one got me:

SLICED BEEF, TURKEY & RAW MEAT INCORRECTLY LABELED (8/3/08). FOOD SHOULD HAVE BEEN LABELED 9/3/08.

The inspector simply advised 5 & Diner to relabel the meat 9/3.

Gross!

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