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Gross Out: Finger Licking Bad at Saddle Ranch Chop House

We gotta hand it to restaurant inspectors for the first "theme report" we've seen since starting Gross Out.

A recent inspection, which earned Saddle Ranch Chop House in Glendale a "No Award" from Maricopa County, is all about hands. And fingers.

From the report:


"Employee observed to wash hands then pull dirty towel out of back pocket and dry hands wiht towel."

"Observed employee on cook line to dip gloved finger into sauce and lick sauce off of finger then continue to handle ready-to-eat foods."

"Observed latex gloves in-use in kitchen for food handling." (That's a no no.)

"No paper towels or approved hand-drying devices at handwash sinks in all bars."

At main bar observed bartender to put limes into drinks using bare hands."

"Hot water at handwash sinks in all 3 bars does not reach 110F."

"Handwash sink at main bar noted blocked with sanitizer bucket."

Hands down, we're grossed out.


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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