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Speak Out: Do Restaurant Health Code Violations Affect Where You Eat Out?

A Wheaton restaurant was closed for a day earlier in September due to rodent and roach infestations.

When you plan to go out to dinner and you choose a restaurant, what kind of things factor into that decision? Maybe you check the menu online and decide there are too few vegetarian options, or that the prices are a bit high.

But do you check to see if the restaurant has received any health code violations recently? And if it has, does that turn you off from eating there ever again?

La Rumba, located at 2311 Price Avenue, is the latest Wheaton restaurant to show up on the list of violations. It was closed Sept. 13 for "rodent and roach infestations and unsanitary conditions," the Washington Post reported. The next day, the restaurant formerly known as El Boqueron was back in business.

We want to hear from you. Tell us in the comments about what types of health code violations are dealbreakers on the dining scene in Wheaton.

Interrobang September 27, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I wish health code violation information was easier to find!
Kevin F September 28, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I agree with Chester. Particularly in an area of this size, knowing the restaurants and businesses with negative health code marks is very important.
Rachel Young September 28, 2012 at 01:17 PM
To be honest, I never research health code variations. This is probably especially bad in my case because, as a friend recently pointed out, the hole-in-the-wall-mom-n-pop places I frequent are probably more likely to violate code than the chain restaurants.
Harise September 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I know that the one or two MD restaurants in the listings can't be all there is. I really do want to know too, it's very important. And unlike I have seen in NC, good restaurants can't show off their good scores. That is a big incentive for a place to run a tight ship.
Sasha September 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Health code violations by area are in The Washington Post weekly. Seem easy to find to me. But I'm interested I guess. If you aren't willing to pay for this service the listing is on line. Here is the most recent one including La Rumba. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-md-va-health-code-violations/2012/09/24/2d655186-0651-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_story.html

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