Chow Bella

Gross Out: Old Goulash at Black Forest Mill German Restaurant

by Amy Silverman

The other day, I got upset with my mother because I found a can of diet Dr. Pepper in her fridge that had expired in 2005.

"Look," she said. "Your father and I grew up in the bomb shelter era -- you know, back in the day when you took cans of food and stored them there for years. An old diet Dr. Pepper just doesn't bother us."

Okay, I replied. You drink it. I'm obsessed with dates; I know it's marketing, but I can't help it. Which is why I was horrified when I read the June 17 inspection report for Black Forest Mill German Restaurant, 4900 E. Indian School Road.

These folks scored an 80 -- which is impressive. You can get a "no award" rating for far, far less. And really BFMGR should know better -- they didn't do so hot in their last inspection, last December ("more than three flies in the dining room" -- you get the picture). This time around, the inspectors noted that workers at the restaurant were not wearing gloves when preparing food, stored sour cream at 52 degrees when it should be 41, and let grease from the "hood system" drip onto the equipment below (and, possibly, the food).

Yuck. But it was the part about food debris on the soda nozzle (um, how does that happen?) that got me. That and the old food in the fridge.

From the report:

BACON STUFFING PREPARED 5/27, POTATO SOUP 5/29, RED CABBAGE SOUP 6/7 & 5/20, GREEN BEANS 6/6, AND GOULASH 5/22. THESE ITEMS ARE PAST THE DISCARD DATE. DISCARD ALL FOOD OLDER THAN 7 DAYS FROM THE WALK IN.

EMPLOYEE THREW PRODUCTS AWAY.

Well, thank goodness for that.

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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 amy-silverman.com.