DIRTY DINING: A Look Inside the Rat Infested Casa Gourmet Burrito in Clayton (PHOTOS)

December 6, 2017 8:17 am · 34 comments

As we previously reported, Casa Gourmet Burrito, located at 5435 Clayton Rd. in Clayton, was closed on Nov.30 after a rat infestation was discovered by the health department.

A complaint by at least one person was made about the conditions, which led to the inspection. Claycord.com has obtained photos from a passerby and from the Contra Costa County Environmental Health Department, which show the conditions inside the restaurant.

The restaurant is still closed. It’s unknown when it will reopen.

Please click on each photo for a much larger view.

photo credit: (rat on window ledge) – Stacey Frost
photo credit: gallery of rat droppings – Contra Costa County Environmental Health


{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Town December 6, 2017 at 8:29 AM

The rat’s are really bad this year. We suddenly have them in our house and it’s taken six months to get rid of them.


Barf December 6, 2017 at 8:33 AM



Fill Werrel December 6, 2017 at 8:35 AM

Is this what the call carne asada in the menu?


OverWhelmed December 6, 2017 at 8:52 AM

There has been a rat problem in central contra costa for years. It has been reported to the city health department by many people. I know several that have tried using vector control only to have the rat population explode again with in months. The county needs to step up and start taking care of this before people start getting sick or bubonic starts to break out. This is an issue with homes as well as businesses.


Ricardus December 6, 2017 at 9:25 PM

Also a cockroach problem.

Mal December 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Honestly, this is criminal. Who owns this business, and who manages it?


America December 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM

This is why I rarely eat out anymore. So disgusting!!!


Fill Werrel December 6, 2017 at 9:37 AM

Where is Pied Piper when you need him.


Concordejet December 6, 2017 at 9:40 AM

worst than a haunted house


Brig December 6, 2017 at 9:49 AM

That restaurant went down hill once ownership changed about 6 months ago.


Just a girl December 8, 2017 at 1:40 AM

I used to love this place. First time after the new people took over. The guy that was making my burrito bowl sneezed into his hands and then with out washing his hands reached for the cilantro. No thank you!

PO'd December 6, 2017 at 9:52 AM

I used to eat in there, but haven’t for awhile, and never saw anything like that.
My guess is that the rat count is growing, and that less than ideal cleaning is giving them everything they need to live. They need to step it up there.
There’s always been rodents here in abundance, but probably due to weather
they’ve had a population explosion. My thoroughly lazy 15 year old cat has been bringing mice into my kitchen lately, to parade the catch at a rate I haven’t seen since she was young. That’s my proof.
I’ll pass for now.


KenInConcord December 6, 2017 at 9:53 AM



Concordejet December 6, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Oh wow nice to have the “Reply” just saw that now. Now I wish there would be a thumb up and thumb down


linnie December 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM

my thoughts, as well! 🙂

It makes sense to me December 6, 2017 at 10:01 AM

And I thought that was chicken in my burrito.


Jack's Fan December 6, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Hope they didn’t make their way into the little bakery next door. We love that place!


Not hungry December 6, 2017 at 12:45 PM

That’s the exactly what I was thinking last night.

Drvrdadca December 6, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Looks like rats will crap anywhere – I guess they don’t need privacy


Anon December 6, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Not excusing this restaurant at all, but there has been a rodent population explosion this year, probably due to the heavy rains from last year. We’ve lived here almost 20 years and have never had a problem until this fall. Fortunately it was just one, and on our back deck. We dispatched him rather quickly.


WC December 6, 2017 at 12:01 PM

That’s funny looking pepper on my taco….


Not hungry December 6, 2017 at 12:44 PM

Casa Gourmet Burrito has a sign in the window “Closed for Remodeling “. I’ll never go there again! That’s a lot of rat poop!


NunYa December 6, 2017 at 8:38 PM

Time to start a business selling signs that read “Closed for Remodeling”. LOL 🙁

Pony December 6, 2017 at 2:11 PM

I won’t eat in any of the restaurants in a row there. County needs to shut the whole section of mall down and take care of the problem. That is a lot of infestation to have not gotten into other units.


Clayton Mom December 6, 2017 at 3:10 PM



Frito Bandito December 6, 2017 at 3:34 PM

The Rat trap pictured causes a cruel and agonizing death…The catch them alive traps are more humane,and the little fellows can then be released at competing resturants.


Drvrdadca December 6, 2017 at 4:57 PM


Dr. Jellyfinger December 6, 2017 at 9:20 PM


Lorelei December 6, 2017 at 4:13 PM

I wonder if the inspection radiated to the other food-service businesses along that row? There are so many of them, that the rats probably just moved on down the line…..


Dr. Jellyfinger December 6, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Rat droppings all over the place….must be pretty clumsy rats!


chickennoodlesou; December 7, 2017 at 1:24 AM

Everywhere across the state, due to increased vegetation, there are booms in animal populations. This was caused by the heavy rains….rains cause increased plants growth, rodents and critters thrive in these situations. Moles, voles, ground squirrels are having a field day. I have even seen a few cockroaches….a few only….this last year only. Nature moves in its own cycles. We can help combat pests/rodents by being responsible with our garbage, composting behavior, and yard maintenance. I’ve never seen the little rodents populating like this in Concord before…time to buy some owls!


nEWBIE December 7, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Call me crazy, but he’s kinda cute.


MAC December 7, 2017 at 7:48 AM

AS IF I would want a larger view.


Consumer D December 7, 2017 at 12:28 PM

I worked in this complex just last year. And we could hear the rats walking above us in the ceiling. No way are the rats confined to one business. The whole entire building is infested. The bakery…yes. The pizza places…yes. Where ever there’s food and the business is in the same building…yes, rats. Just ask the building management who called the Exterminator company.


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