The Craziest Restaurant Stories You've Ever Heard

Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. Today, we bring you a collection of the craziest restaurant stories I've ever heard, and I've been doing this column for nearly nine months now. As always, these are real e-mails from real readers. » 12/15/14 11:00am Monday 11:00am

If You Microwave Plastic While Pregnant, Your Kid Might Wind Up Stupid

Who doesn't love plastic? You're basically legally obligated to love it, that stuff is in everything. About that — it turns out that pregnant mothers exposed to high levels of two types of plastic saw an adverse effect on the intelligence of their children years later, according to a new study. » 12/13/14 9:08pm 12/13/14 9:08pm

Taco Bell's Next Big Product Release is Apparently a Frito Taco

Well, that was pretty much inevitable. Taco Bell apparently made an oopsie and released a slide in a presentation to investors that appears to be a Frito Taco similar to their Doritos Locos Tacos — although given their talents when it comes to clever marketing, I wouldn't be shocked if this was a deliberate move. » 12/13/14 1:33am 12/13/14 1:33am

NY Cafe Owner Really, Really Does Not Like Big Butts or Black People

A new lawsuit alleges that a NY cafe owner discriminated heavily against...well, pretty much everyone, and in some pretty creatively screwed-up ways. I figured we'd go a couple weeks without anyone making César Ramirez look like a decent human being by comparison. I was so very wrong. » 12/10/14 8:47pm 12/10/14 8:47pm