One of my favorite time-wasting activities is surfing the KC Food Protection Program database for restaurants I know and love (or hate). It's like a junior high school slam book, and for the snarky among food service workers (we are legion) it is a satisfying muckrake.
For anyone not in the know, it's the very public records of King County's Health Inspections for restaurants and other food vending industries. Your favorite dog stand? It's in there! The worst Dim Sum joint in the northwest? It's in there! Look up any restaurant in Seattle and its inspection report is there: the good, the bad and the ugly. To be fair, not everyone has serious violations, and lots of places pass inspection with just a few suggestions for doing better... But you can also see the restaurants that get high red marks, which are violations that will shut a place down. It's more cut and dried than the well-written Waiter Rant and less amusing than the post-shift drunken ranting on Shameless Restaurants, but gosh I like looking up my old places of employ. And it's so easy. Just point, click, type and wait for the horror.
I just revisited the site cause my friend mentioned the Seattle PI's recent column on King County's top 10 health-code violators. I've worked in a few of them. I won't mention their names.