By J. Q. Collectif/Opinion
My wife and I go out for lunch most Sundays after church. One of our frequent stops is San Luis Mexican Restaurant in Natchitoches. We got there just after opening and were seated at the first booth just off the kitchen. We prefer not to sit in this area of the restaurant because it tends to be like a black hole where service is concerned. But, being that it is Father’s Day and we had gotten to the restaurant early, we did not request a different table. Our chips and salsa and drinks were promptly brought to our table. My wife and I munched away on the chips and made small talk while we waited for our meal. We had almost emptied our basket of chips when I noticed a drop of water fall from the ceiling right into my wife’s salsa. I immediately advised her to stop eating it. By now, there were several drops on the table, too. I looked up to determine the source and was faced with a filthy air conditioner vent that was causing condensation, which was falling onto the table and contaminating anything it touched. Foolishly, we stayed to eat our lunch with the plates as close to the edge of the table as we could get them.
Once we got home, I promptly went to the Department of Health and Hospitals website to view San Luis’ most recent Retail Food Inspection Report, which was completed just over a month ago. Had I read it prior to selecting a restaurant for my Father’s Day celebration, I certainly would not have selected San Louis. It irritated me that the wait staff showed no concern when I pointed the problem out to them. Now that I know they were well aware of the problem over a month ago, I am outraged. You can see their last three reports below. It is blatantly obvious that San Louis is in desperate need of new management.