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Diatribe: Roadkill In A Restaurant.

10/02/2012

A while back, when we were boarding our horses in a public facility that required us to visit twice each day, we would often stop for a quick dinner on the way home from the barn.  One of the places that we frequented was an ethnic takeout restaurant.  We would call ahead to place our order, run in to quickly pay for it and hurry it home before it got cold … all without worrying if we smelled like horse or barn.

It’s always struck me as funny that it is sometimes difficult to identify the food that is served in some restaurants.  As we placed our orders we would joke about such items as “Sweet & Sour Cat” or “Pigeon-on-a-Stick” knowing full well that the nice people in the restaurant were serving quality food.  In our city, restaurants are required by law to display the score that they received from the health department at their last inspection.  This restaurant always received positive results.

That’s not always the case.

Folks in Williamsburg, Kentucky, might want to rethink their dining choices.  Apparently, one local restaurant doesn’t always get ingredients from the most reputable of sources.  Recently, patrons couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw what appeared to be the bloody carcass of a freshly squashed deer being wheeled into the kitchen by employees.

“Two of the workers came in wheeling a garbage can and they had a box sitting on top of it.  And hanging out of the garbage can … they were trying to be real quick with it … so that nobody could see it … but there was like a tail, and a foot and leg … sticking out of the garbage can and they wheeled it straight back into the kitchen.” – Restaurant Patron

The owner’s son had found a dead deer on the side of the interstate and brought the roadkill bounty to the restaurant.

Authorities were notified and the local health department discovered, a dead deer was brought into the cooking area of the restaurant which was immediately closed.

The staff claimed that they didn’t know that they were doing anything illegal and wouldn’t admit to having done it before.  The restaurant’s owner, apparently, told the health department that the roadkill was for his family’s consumption … not his customers’.

The restaurant is expected to reopen following a thorough sanitation of the premises and a secondary health inspection.

While the practice of eating roadkill is legal in many communities, it is considered by most to be rather disgusting.  Others insist that the meat is freshest, organic, highly nutritious and free.  I don’t care.

I certainly wouldn’t be going back to that restaurant any time soon.  I like to think that my food comes from a sparkling clean, stainless steel, room in the back of the grocery … and I prefer to remain oblivious to how it arrives there.

Would you eat at that restaurant?

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8 Comments
  1. Roly permalink

    no way. the roadkill could have all manner of diseases too Gross!

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  2. Well, I don’t eat red meat so I am already not eating there, but, um, roadkill?
    oh, honey, no.
    I mean, what about cats and dogs and squirrels? will those be the Blue Plate Special one night?

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  3. Maybe they got the idea from watching Honey Boo Boo 😛

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  4. SherryH permalink

    I have a friend who would not eat roadkill herself, but would take it home to feed to her dogs. Her big reason against eating the roadkill was that the panic from being hit and dying flooded the meat with adrenaline, making it gamy and gross. The taste bothered her, but the dogs never seemed to mind, so roadkill deer was free dog food.

    I think I’d pass on the roadkill restaurant, myself. No idea how it was raised (well, technically, it wasn’t raised, I suppose), no vaccinations, no idea how long it took to die and under what circumstances, no idea how long it might have gone unrefrigerated… I mean, it would probably be fine and all, but I just can’t get past the idea.

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    • I can’t imagine how anyone would think it “safe” to eat a dead wild animal. I don’t condone hunting “for sport” but when a deer, for example, is intentionally shot and killed an experienced hunter can examine the animal’s general health and understand the circumstances of its death. Knowing these details, and how to prepare the resulting meal, can make wild game a perfectly legitimate food source.

      Scraping dead animals off the side of the interstate and hauling them to the kitchen of your family’s restaurant remains quite repulsive.

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  5. I think roadkill should be eaten, just not for human consumption. I agree with the commenter who said her friend takes it home for dog food. We cannot afford to waste food.

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  6. Most informative! The next time I eat a tough steak, I’ll know that the cow must have seen the knife coming — yep, adrenaline overload here. Everybody jokes about “fresh” venison, but I wouldn’t take it unless I had just killed it myself. That story from Kentucky, though, is another matter; I’m surprised it didn’t shut the place down for good. Anywhere else it probably would have.

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