BW3 Has A Nuanced Understanding Of Food Safety

Reader Dennis took this photo at a BW3 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He says:

Looks like the FDA is now in the business of causing Raw Tomato outbreaks. WATCH OUT KIDS, HERE COMES THE TOMATO OUTBREAK!!!!

I think only e. coli breakouts are worse than tomato breakouts.

The first sign of the outbreak is adding superfluous letters to existing words like “untill”.

Hmm, sort of reminds us of this.


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  1. GavinEstecado says:

    Any else thinking b-movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?


  2. shan6 says:

    Nobody looked at that sign and thought anything of it?

  3. PsychicPsycho3 says:

    Gotta love their in depth understanding of When to Capitalize Also.

  4. shan6 says:

    Other than the submitter of course…

  5. jusooho says:

    Even as a non-native speaker, I understand what the writer means, and what they will do… To me, it’s not funny…

  6. evslin says:

    Due to the FDA? lol

  7. mgy says:

    @jusooho: You must have a very advanced form of humor that we english-speakers never acquired. I bow to your eastern wisdom.

  8. B says:

    I saw this movie once. Those raw tomatoes can be a killer.

  9. apotheosis says:

    You laugh at tomato outbreaks, but it stops being funny when it starts being you.

    My god, the carnage.

  10. Geekly says:

    I remember vividly the Raw Tomato outbreak of 1987. That’s not an experience I want to relive. There were Raw Tomatoes EVERYWHERE, not just in salsa and guacamole, but also in salads and on nachos. I wonder what the F.D.A. did to cause this one…

  11. MayorBee says:

    Microsoft Word probably ran out of red and green squiggly lines on that one flyer. There aren’t any more left for the rest of us now. Thanks BW3.

  12. apotheosis says:

    Whoops, embedding disabled. Apparently La Tomatina is a closely-guarded Spanish national secret.

  13. bohemian says:

    Well, in a roundabout way this is due to the FDA. They have been under funded and not doing their job for years.

  14. “Until”.

  15. ptkdude says:

    Oh how I love the seemingly random capitalization on the sign. I happen to know that BW3 is sympathetic to the tomato terrorists, and everything on the sign is actually a code to communicate with the tomatoes.

  16. tedyc03 says:

    Dew knot trussed yore spell chequer two fined awl yore mistakes! ;-)

  17. apotheosis says:

    @Magnakai Haaskivi:
    I didn’t even notice the “until” until you pointed it out.

    I thought you were doing some Seussian “Lorax” thing, like “unless,” except more bleak.

  18. ShabazOSU says:

    Wait, why would BW3 serve tomatoes? Why else would you get anything there besides wings, potato wedges (with cheese, of course) and beer..?

  19. lpranal says:

    They spelt tomato’es’ wrong.

  20. sn1per420 says:

    they also can’t spell “until”.

  21. AD8BC says:

    This are funny. I good with english, but some peoples ain’t. Us should be respect full of peoples whom arn’t good with english. They maybe have been not educated gud thru know fault of thems own.

  22. BobbyMoon says:

    I can has spelchek?

  23. mthrndr says:

    In Soviet Russia, raw tomatoes outbreak YOU!

    Wait, what?

  24. ringo00 says:

    Don’t go blaming such an awesome corporation as Buffalo Wild Wings. They use a franchise business model, so this store is more than likely owned by and independent franchisee.

    Either way, I suppose it is a good thing that I don’t like raw tomatoes.

  25. mizmoose says:

    I own all four Killer Tomato movies.

    Just sayin’.

  26. yaos says:

    I’ve maintained for years that we need to stop using raw tomatoes, and now we are in this debacle. Good job America, you screwed up again.

  27. smallestmills says:

    The retail store I used to work for generated all signs using a word program printed on stock signs. Even with the spell and grammar check available my manager used to butcher the hell out of his native English language. Apostrophes, commas and incorrect spelling everywhere, like the god damn plague! Sure, he said my not tucking in my shirt looked bad, but what about all his signs?

  28. bobpence says:

    @mizmoose: Four? I know there was an animated series (um, cartoon), but I only knew of two movies, and the second one colluded with “Facts of Life” to impose George Clooney upon us. How can there be four without causing the end of the world?

  29. apotheosis says:

    They can have my raw tomato when they pry it out of my cold, dead BLT.

  30. Sockatume says:

    “Due to the FDA”? Those dastardly villains, releasing their army of fresh, ripe red monsters across the country.

  31. balthisar says:

    I’m impressed that they didn’t start off with “Do to the F.D.A….”

    I love BW3’s, by the way.

    When at a Mario’s Eastside restaurant in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada about a year ago, we were in the midst of some other disease carrying raw vegetable outbreak. I think it was the e. coli in the lettuce scare of ’06. So, I try to order one of their pizzas, and was told I couldn’t, because they couldn’t serve black olives due to the outbreak. You know, black olives. From overseas. That don’t grow near lettuce, spinach, green onions, etc. Imported from overseas. Grow on trees (not on the poopy ground). Oh, and canned most of all!

  32. Imakeholesinu says:


    This should be a poster to all employers. Make sure your employees can read, write, and form basic sentence structures.

  33. BuddyGuyMontag says:

    @mizmoose: The Product Placement scene in Killer Tomatoes 2 rules.

  34. @lpranal: It’s “spelled” not “spelt”. Mr. Pot meet Mr. Kettle.

    Anyway I don’t see the big deal about the sign, I guess mainly because I already knew about the e-coli outbreak, and as someone pointed out who would even get tomatoes there? Possibly on a burger, but other than that the ketchup would be the only thing and that’s processed at a plant, not made at the restaurant.

  35. macinjosh says:

    I wondered why it was BW3 and not BW2. For anyone interested, it was originally called “Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck”.

  36. bobfromboston says:

    Side topic: Having never had the pleasure(?) of dining there, why is Buffalo Wild Wings called BW3? Where’s the third W?

  37. macinjosh says:

    @The Marionette:

    Anyway I don’t see the big deal about the sign

    The big deal is the awful construction of the sentences that are on it. Let’s sum it up:

    1) It says there’s an outbreak of raw tomatoes (not something in raw tomatoes, the tomatoes themselves are running rampant).
    2) It blames the FDA for the outbreak, rather than the ban.
    3) There’s a spelling error
    4) Half the words are capiialized when only 2 should be (not counting “FDA”).

  38. bobfromboston says:

    Of course, macinjosh’s answer shows up right after I submitted my question. Now I just have to look up “Weck.”

  39. MayorBee says:

    @The Marionette: From,

    spell 1 verb, spelled or spelt, spell·ing.

    Sorry to be pedantic, but there’s also dreamt, smelt, and spilt.

  40. macinjosh says:

    from wikipedia
    A kummelweck, or sometimes kimmelweck or even kümmelweck, is a salty roll that is popular in Western New York. It is similar to a Kaiser roll, but topped with pretzel salt and caraway seeds. Kummelweck is commonly shortened to “weck,” and often served in the Buffalo metropolitan area with roast beef and horseradish to form a sandwich known colloquially as “beef on weck.” Along with buffalo wings and the so-called garbage plate, beef on weck is one of the three most distinct dishes of the region.

  41. Balisong says:

    It’s all the FDA’s fault!

  42. donkeyjote says:

    It reminded me of this as well, even before the jump


  43. Wormfather says:

    @PsychicPsycho3: Like, uh, Yeah.

  44. arsbadmojo says:

    The sign is funny, but I don’t really expect to many BW3 managers are also Rhodes Scholars.

    What’s more interesting to me is that the OP used the name BW3. I’m not sure when they changed their name to Buffalo Wild Wings, but it had to have been at least a few years ago – and for what? Everyone I know still uses BW3 (and I imagine a majority don’t know the 3rd W is for Weck).

    BW3 or just “Bee-dubs”.

    I guess their name change wasn’t as bad as Boston Chicken/Boston Market, but I still don’t see the logic in changing it.

  45. arsbadmojo says:

    D’oh – too many.

  46. stre says:

    @arsbadmojo: When they were expanding the franchise they ran into another place by the name of BW3, so they decided to change the name so as to be able to compete in that market. at least that’s what i’ve heard. the decision to drop “weck” from the name seems pretty straightforward, since several people on this post have asked what a “weck” is. [i had no idea until skimming through the comments]

  47. Okaasan says:

    I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! [wipes tears and sniffs] You have all brightened up my otherwise SUCKY day. Thanks :-)

  48. evslin says:

    @arsbadmojo: Haha, yeah, I still call it BW3 too. Or b-dubs, depending on who I’m talking to (my mom isn’t likely to know what b-dubs is)

  49. arsbadmojo says:

    Makes sense, but there’s a lot of places with the same name that don’t ever change their names; heck – find me a town over 1K people without a “Jade Garden” chinese place. :)

    Anyway – BW3 has always been a little odd to me. The first one I ever went to was just off the UC campus in Cincinnati – possibly the same one in the OP. Food was reasonably priced – pretty sure wings were .15 cents on Tuesdays.

    Then they seemed to turn into a sports bar/arcade, prices went up, and they dropped the pepperoni and mushroom pizza pockets from their menu. (Sort of like a Gino’s Pizza Roll on steroids). Now you can’t hardly eat lunch there for under $15.

  50. jusooho says:

    @mgy: I suppose if your idea of humor is racist snark, then yes, yes I do.

  51. Aphex242 says:

    That rules. lol

  52. azntg says:

    So it was a conspiracy after all. That sudden and dangerously slippery wet floor was a revenge that the tomatoes set upon immediately after their outbreak!

  53. balthisar says:

    @arsbadmojo: That’s odd… the reasons you don’t like it anymore are the reasons that we like it so much. Sport bar atmosphere, good food, and the two of us can usually get out of there for under $50 including the tip. That’s downright cheap for a sit down, full service restaurant with beer that doesn’t suck. The alternative is (here in SE Michigan) National Coney Island where it’s dirt cheap, but it feels like a cafeteria and they bring the bill with your food, and not all of them serve beer. The formulaic places (Chili’s, etc.) I can’t even tell apart. (Yeah, there’s Red Lobster, but in this area, people dress up to go there!)

  54. Cliff_Donner says:

    This reminds me, it’s been far too long since I visited

  55. Brunette Bookworm says:

    @mizmoose: The guy who wrote “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” is now the Superintendent of the Indiana Dunes. How weird is that? They had an article in the local paper about him recently and since this “tomato outbreak”, I wish they would talk to him again, just for the perspective. :)

  56. LogicalOne says:

    BW3: Mediocre wings, bad nachos, items served in paper dishes that really should be on real plates, and too, too noisy.

  57. danger the pirate says:

    yay for cincinnati!
    @Meg Marco: out of curiosity, did he say which one in cincinnati? my money is on the one in clifton, right by UC.

  58. aglet14 says:


    It was the one in Rookwood off Smith-Edwards Road.

  59. JessicaJessica says:

    You find this a lot in Miami. English grammar and spelling are subjective there.

    My favorite was the special PUBLIX was running one summer on CHOCOLATE MOOSE!! Mmmmmmm … delicious!!

  60. looks like there is an outbreak of college graduates working there as well