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Gross Out: Better Than Sex Cake Cafe in Chandler Not So Good, Restaurant Inspection Says

By Amy Silverman

I know sex is supposed to be dirty. Call me a prude, but the concept just doesn't translate when it comes to food, even at a place called the Better Than Sex Cake Cafe.

I admit I found the name of the Chandler restaurant intriguing, when I heard it a while back, but now I'm glad I didn't drive out there. Among the complaints in the cafe's recent inspection:

Slime mold in the ice machine.

Food debris found on utensils, utensil bucket and ice scoop.

In the fridge:

Chicken with no date, a "slab of meat" with no date and quiche with an incorrect date. (Not sure how the inspector knew that.)

And "a large portion of raw beef stored in small container, with beef extending beyond container," stored above ready-to-eat items.

No word on the namesake cake, but really, I think I'll pass on dessert.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at