Chain Restaurant Secrets That Will Gross You Out Forever

Anyone that’s worked for a restaurant chain has horror stories about the food service industry. Whether it’s bugs where there really shouldn't be bugs, food falling on the floor, unsanitary practices, or a lack of overall cleanliness, there’s always something hiding in the kitchen of your favorite chain restaurant, something gross that might keep you from ever dining there again. We’ve compiled a list of gross things that routinely happen to food in restaurant chains.

We know that all franchise restaurants are not created equal. Some places are staffed by an awesome crew that does everything in their power to give you the best food they can while maintaining a clean work environment. A lot of other restaurants are staffed by a health inspector’s nightmare, however. The dirty little chain restaurant secrets on this list cover everything from pizza kitchens to food trucks. These gross food stories take the cake. Seriously, there’s a story on here that’s about gross cake.

Most of the anecdotes on this list aren’t for the faint of heart, so don’t read it before you go to your favorite burger place. And if you do, don’t look in the kitchen - at best, you'll get a free coupon. At worst, you'll get your hungry heart broken by the gross things they do to your food.
  • Frozen Meat Logs Anyone?

    Even though the Subway spy has deleted their Reddit profile, the fact still remains that Subway ships their steak as a "slimy" frozen meat log. Eat fresh!
  • Reuse, Recycle, Rebarf

    Everyone likes going to the movies and everyone wants to recycle, but the moment you combine those two things everyone freaks out. According to joeythehamster, Cinemark Theaters has a habit of washing hot dogs and then soaking them overnight to rehydrate (do hotdogs need to be hydrated?), as well as cleaning and reusing collectible cups that were abandoned in the theater. 
  • Stadium Nachos: Ruined Forever

    While it's not a restaurant per se, a sports stadium might as well be considered a fast food chain. One user who worked at an unnamed stadium clued us in that one of their first tasks for the day was to "open up all the containers of nacho cheese and scoop out any mold. Some of the containers are weeks old, and have been heated, cooled, and reheated so many times. Even after a container is expired you just scoop out the mold, and heat it back up." 
  • Get an Extra Dosage of Iron at Every Cheesecake Factory

    If you ever feel like you need a low grade blood transfer, a Reddit user in Texas says all you need to do is order some bread at the Cheesecake Factory. Apparently it's often cut while the prep cooks hold it with their bare hands. According to this Texan, "many fingers were lacerated."