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Grade Inflation

January 7, 2011

I have not carefully reviewed the new restaurant hygiene grading system now being implemented by the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, you can do that here if you would like, but how is it possible that every one is getting an A (Unfortunately for Big Daddy’s at 91st and Broadway, they seem to be the exception that proves the rule).

Unless you are going to go with a pass fail system, when everybody is getting the same grade the grade tells you nothing, it’s meaningless. There is no way that there isn’t a huge range of cleanliness among those restaurants getting As. We’ve all peaked into kitchens and had reactions that ranged from “Wow, cleaner than Mom’s” to “I think I’ll just have a coke, in a can”. If the City is going to make restaurants post a sanitary grade in the their window, they at least ought to make it a grade that tells us something.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Fat Al permalink*
    January 7, 2011 1:05 pm

    Personally, I don’t care about the grades. If they shut the place down they shut the place down. If it’s open, it’s open.

    This view was reinforced when I saw that vermin-infested places can get an A while someone can get a C for lack of hairnets and such. You pays your money, you takes your chances.

  2. jco permalink
    January 8, 2011 11:42 pm

    All I can say is, Rat-a-sushi!

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