WEST PALM BEACH - Our Dirty Dining reports take you inside restaurants where you might be dining with roaches and rats, but the worst of the worst are the ones who have to pay up for a dirty kitchen.
"We want to know what you're doing to clean this place up? You were recently fined $4,000 from the state," Consumer Watchdog Jenn Strathman asked one restaurant.
We're turning up the heat, and exposing the dirty secret restaurants don't want you to know about.
Strathman dug through state records to show you who is paying to keep their doors open after getting caught with a dirty kitchen.
"When you have high priority violations and you continually have them over and over again, the inspector is going to give you a warning and say, 'Look you've got to correct these. These are a hazard to people's health. You can't operate like that,'" said Fred Stein of Safe Food Connection.
Stein helps restaurants develop a food safety culture, so safe food handling is second nature.
"If you don't have a system, then they might not take it so seriously because the public doesn't know your restaurant is really in violation or has a lot of violations and you're doing things that could make the person sick," said Stein.
That's why we are exposing the worst of the worst Monday on NewsChannel 5 at 11.