http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6083318/How safe are your favorite restaurants?
Dateline correspondent shares story behind ranking of popular chains' food safety
I don't know about you, but, I love going out for a big pancake breakfast with my family on a weekend morning. And it's fun to drop in for a bite at a place like Chili's, Outback or Applebee's for some steak or ribs. In the Thompson house, we all love to eat!
So when we decided to take a look at food handling and cleanliness at family dining restaurants, I was expecting we'd turn up a pretty clean bill of health. Instead, I was stunned at what we found....
Waffle House 594
Ruby Tuesday 514
Red Lobster 350
Bob Evans 315
Note: Based on a survey of 1,000 restaurants, 100 from each of the 10 largest casual restaurant chains in the nation, from Jan. 1, 2003 to March 1, 2004. Source: Dateline NBC