Robert Irvine is a Food Network star and celebrity chef.
While at the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival, he spoke to Insider about dining out.
Irvine told Insider that the first thing he notices in an eatery is whether the bathroom is clean.
The celebrity chef Robert Irvine has been helping struggling restaurants turn around their businesses for years on his Food Network show, "Restaurant: Impossible." So it's no surprise that when he goes out to eat, there are certain things he's always looking out for to tell him whether it's somewhere worth dining.
In an interview with Insider around his appearance at the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Irvine shared the No. 1 marker he pays attention to, which isn't even directly related to the food: the bathrooms.
"Well, the first thing I look for is, are the bathrooms clean?" he said. Irvine said this is his top red flag, "because if the bathrooms are clean, the kitchen's clean, everything else is clean."
He told Insider the bathrooms are a great indicator of how management keeps and cares for the rest of the establishment. And if it's a dirty restroom, that might mean management is keeping less-than-stellar cleanliness standards for the eatery as a whole.
"We look at signs that are amenable to us," Irvine said, explaining that since he keeps his bathrooms, kitchen, and the rest of his own home clean, that's an easy thing for him to examine elsewhere. "So that's what I look for when I go to a restaurant."
The Food Network star and military philanthropist said he also tries to observe the servers to see if they're happy while on the job.
But regardless of the cuisine, the type of dining establishment, or the location you're visiting, Irvine said the biggest favor you can do for yourself if you're questioning whether to eat somewhere is to take a trip to the bathroom first.
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