In the past month I've had the unfortunate luck of getting sick after eating at a local restaurant (Bangkok Restaurant). As I was feeling quite under the weather I spent some time searching the Internet for some site or resource that could have clued me in to the less than clean kitchen that my meal must have come from.
I finally found the Multnomah County Health Department Establishment Inspection Database a fantastic resource that lets you peek into the kitchen and see just how clean everything is.
The results are pretty eyeopening. On the good side some of my favorites Dove Vivi,Vita Cafe , Kuhn Pics Thai, La Bonita, Vegetarian House and Paradox Cafe all scoring in the high 90's or getting perfect 100. On the bad side a number of places I eat didn't fair so well. Nicholas Restaurant had a pretty long list of issues and a paltry 77 score, Pad Thai Kitchen 61, and places like Laughing Planet and Opposable Thumb Gallery Cafe seemed to have the very common issue of employees NOT washing their hands when they should.
Of course this database is just a peek at one point in time in the life of a restaurant, but it's a good starting point to see just how clean the places you're eating at really are.