Say Cheese: Giant Rodent Spotted in Wilton Manors Restaurant

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Say cheese: Rat? Squirrel? Whatever it is, it doesn't belong in the 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.

Location Info

Simply Delish - CLOSED

2287 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Sounds suspicious. Wasn't Ben the name of that killer rat in the 70's movie? Just who is this mysterious Ben character that snapped the picture?


 @Yak1 Or was Willard the psycho killer rat's owner?  In any event. Ben was a good rat. Even young Michael Jackson loved Ben.

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