Reviewing the Mayor’s Food Court

Last month, the city announced it was launching the Mayor’s Food Court, a website where diners can view inspection results for their favorite restaurants. At the time, we weren’t quite sure what it would mean for restaurants, or for those who love them. But now that we’ve used the site, we’ve formed some conclusions.

We had hoped that the site would feature lurid and tongue-in-cheek write-ups like the ones found on While they probably wouldn’t keep us away from our favorite places, we do enjoy a good story about rat infestations.

Unfortunately, the inspection reports aren’t edited into pithy stories before they make it on the Mayor’s Food Court, leading to some E.E Cummings-like entries.

For instance, this one from California Pizza Kitchen in the Pru:

Interior of Ice
machine with soils,
clean to Remove

shelving of kegs in
Rusts and soils,
clean to Remove

Somewhere in Allston, a punk band is setting that to music.

Despite the occasional report that cites rodent droppings under a dishwasher, we’re not put off by the violations. Establishments from Dunkin Donuts to L’Espalier have failed their inspections in the past, and we’ll be damned if we’ll give up our medium regular or our rack of lamb because one guy didn’t wash his hands properly.

What about you, dear readers? Have you used the site to check up on your favorite pizza joint? Used a failing mark to convince someone to go to the restaurant you want? Let us know in the comments.