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Carrying the aroma/stench of a restaurant home with you

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Carrying the aroma/stench of a restaurant home with you

DeborahL | Jun 27, 2011 05:58 PM

Maybe it's just me--or maybe it's that a growing number of places seem to have open kitchens?--but more and more often I walk out of a restaurant and find that my clothes/jacket/hair/etc smell of said restaurant. And not in a pleasant way, in my opinion. I don't find "eau de short order grill" to be a pleasant perfume, and it seems to be cropping up even in finer establishments. For instance Nopa in SF--I like their food and have eaten there several times, but I'm always dismayed at the smell permeating my clothes when I leave.

Green Chile Kitchen in SF is another (big) offender; I even find it hard to breathe when I first walk in there, as if they are truly lacking in ventilation.

Is it just me? Am I just more bothered by this as I get older? Or is it actually more common these days for some reason? Anybody else mildly peeved by kitchen odors on your clothes after a meal out?

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