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Is the restaurant responsible?

joe777cool | Jun 20, 2011 11:13 AM

A group of us ate at one of our favorite hole-in-wall Mexican restaurants over the weekend. I ordered something a little different, a pork dish I had to point to on the menu. Food comes, my dish contains shredded pork, red onions, red pepper strips, rice, tortillas. I make a tortilla, add one red pepper strip and begin to consume.

Pain, insufferable pain......... mouth burning, lips on fire, awful

Turns out those red pepper strips were habanero. For those of you who are unaware, they are some of the hottest peppers in the world. 100,000 - 350,000 scovilles. In comparison your average jalapeno is 2,500-8,000 scovilles.

There was no mention of it on the menu , by the server I ordered it from, or from the person who dropped off the food. Now I didnt make a big deal about it. We paid for my meal, even though I didnt eat another bite of it. Afterwards, however, i was a little upset that my evening had been ruined by both the pain and embarrassment. So here is the question. Should the restaurant/staff make the customer aware of such an ingredient?

To clarify, I would have never ordered it if they had told me of this ingredient, I am not looking to sue anyone, and yes I am not a fan of spicy food.

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