I’ve been reluctant to bring this up, but I’m genuinely appalled at the accepted level of filth in even highly-respected restaurants. Dubious-looking rags are used to “clean” tables between guests, after which the cutlery is often placed directly on the same rag-swept placemats. Salt shakers, olive oil bottles, menus, etc seem to be de-greased very seldom, if ever.
The bathrooms - don’t get me started on those open containers of used papel hygienico - seem NEVER to be hit with a mop or disinfectant.
Do cooks and servers wash their hands? Does the Health Department conduct random inspections? And if so, is a restaurant ever closed for hygiene reasons? Or is this just another, potentially deadly, example of money changing hands to avoid regulation and inspection?
Or perhaps inspections are not even considered necessary?
As one who loves Argentina, I object to casual “third world” references. But this extremely low standard of hygiene is strictly third world, and it should be unacceptable to all.