Top Ten Houston Culinary Scandals of 2013: Lawsuits, Rude Restaurant Staff and Rats

Screenshot courtesy of Amanda Newman
April 4, 2013
Restaurants Behaving Badly: Maggie Rita's Calls Houston Woman "Fat" on Facebook

We've seen things like this before. Someone in the restaurant biz forgets it's a service industry and, for better or for worse, gives a customer a piece of his or her mind. I mean, we certainly can't expect chefs, waiters and restaurateurs to be docile drones all the time, but they probably shouldn't say stuff like this either. When Amanda Newman wrote on restaurant Maggie Rita's Facebook wall that she was happy they closed, someone behind the Maggie Rita's computer came back with some choice words about Newman's weight. Our commenters got in on the conversation too, proving that old adage, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

Photo from Scott Wilson
Note to Roots: Domestic violence is never funny.
April 14, 2013
Roots Bistro Makes Tasteless Domestic Violence Joke on Marquee to Sell Beer

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in four women (24.3 percent) and one in seven men (13.8 percent) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Hilarious, at least according to the now-closed Roots Bistro. In April, the vegetarian-friendly supporter of local farmers changed the marquee outside the restaurant to read "Beer should be like violence: domestic." Immediately, customers and passersby called out Roots on the incredibly offensive sign, which was promptly taken down and replaced with "Sorry a million times over, Houston." But not before it had already been seen on Salon, Jezebel, The Daily Mail and MSN. Roots Bistro closed in June.

Photo from the depths of the Internet.
I repeat, this is NOT from Timmy Chan's.
April 16, 2013
PSA: This Rat Fetus Was Not Found in Timmy Chan's Fried Rice

In sort of the opposite of a scandal, we discovered that the nasty photo of a rat fetus that had been circulating on the Internet and being credited to restaurants across the country was...(drumroll, please)...not from Houston either. Houston Hip Hop News reported on its Facebook page that the rat fetus was found in some fried rice at Timmy Chan's. The world may never know where the rat fetus originated, but Timmy Chan's is making sure those who accused them of making the gross grub pay. The restaurant filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Go Daddy and Houston Hip Hop News in late April.

Location Info

Corner Table

2736 Virginia St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maggie Rita's Mexican Grill

600 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Fisheria

4705 Inker St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Napoli Italian Pasta & Gourmet Pizza By Papa Zack

5551 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Texas Taco Co.

4609 Garth Road, Baytown, TX

Category: Restaurant

Torchy's Tacos

2411 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


807 Taft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Pass

807 Taft St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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I have eaten at Napoli for years and never been offered Zack's sausage.  Hrumph!


The Molzan protesters weren't from Corner Table. They were formerly employees at Ruggles before it closed.



True, the Corner Table employees have yet to experience an ordeal from the Bruce Almighty, beyond the everyday gropes probably

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@BP88 Thanks, I'll revise.

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