Gross Out: Bio Slime at Cadillac Ranch in Tempe

By Amy Silverman

There are certain rites of passage, I've learned, for the Gross Out Girl.

Like the first time I read about slimy mold build-up in an ice machine, or my first dead roaches on the floor of an ice cream shop. Blood in the aisles at a dollar store, now that was a memorable one. But the grossest gross out so far was the one about the live roaches crawling on the food at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

Until today, when I read the latest Maricopa County restaurant inspection report for Cadillac Ranch, at 2000 E. Rio Salado in Tempe, which included the unforgettable:


The food was disposed of immediately, but I think I'll skip the luxury ride. Bio slime???

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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