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Say Cheese: Giant Rodent Spotted in Wilton Manors Restaurant

We're not sure whether that's a giant rat, a squirrel, or a really weird-looking kitten. We just know it should not be hanging out in a Wilton Manors restaurant.

According to,

the mystery creature was spotted inside Simply Delish restaurant by a passerby, who snapped a picture of the critter.

The photographer, identified as Wilton Manors resident Ben, told Local 10's Jeff Weinsier, "It was so large, it looked like a cat. "Through

the glass, I saw two red beady eyes staring at me. I took out my phone

and snapped a photo."

The restaurant has had a history of health code violations and was briefly shut down on July 24 by inspectors, who found 37 violations, including:

  • Dead roaches on premises. Seven dead inside glass door cooler in prep area, four dead on floor in kitchen area, four dead by ice machine.

  • Rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Seven dry rodent droppings on top of dishwashing machine .
  • Roach

    activity as evidenced by live roaches found, three live in prep area, nine

    live in gaskets at cookline cooler, two live inside cookline cooler, one

    live by ice machine.

Local 10 sent the rodent photo to Florida health inspectors, who dropped in to have lunch revisit Simply Delish yesterday, September 21. Though the inspectors did not shut down the restaurant (or find the rodent), they did find more dead roaches and some old rodent droppings.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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