‘C’ Rating for One Darien Restaurant in Latest Darien Health Inspection Reports

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The worst in the town’s A-B-C ratings system — a ‘C’ — went to one Darien food-serving establishment in the seven food health inspection reports released on Thursday by Darien Health Department.

The most recent batch of reports are from inspections that took place from  Jan. 30 to Feb. 6. Three establishments received a rating of “B,” and another three were rated “A.”

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Town Health Department ratings certificates are supposed to be displayed prominently, like this one at the Frosty Bear Cafe at Darien Library.

Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released health inspection results (an explanation for each part of the list, including links, is just below the list).

Keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of good ratings may occasionally get a poor inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong (an explanation of how this list is put together is immediately below it):

—Bodega Taco Bar  — 980 Post Road — Jan. 30Town Rating: C — State Score: 85 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Thermometer missing in line unit bain marie, task changing with same gloves on … cleaning to cooking (no glove change or hand washing); no bleach in the bar dish[washing] machine (in use), two separate detergents!; wiping cloths on apron and food contact surface unclean; LABEL ALL GRANULARS [containers] NOT IN ORIGINAL CONTAINERS; nonfood contact surfaces around line equipment unclean (bottom of equipment …. grill/ovens); water comong from water wash hood system ….. pooling on the floor; fruit flies observed in bar area (Ecolab monthly service last invoice of TX was 11/20 and 12/7); personal items on counter (phone charging in prep counter upstairs).” — Inspector’s Comments: “Ice baths in use upstairs … daily log on the refrigerator, replace cutting boards and spatulas that are looking worn and in poor repair.”

Bodega inspection report

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Part of the Jan. 30, 2018 inspection report for Bodega Taco Bar

—The Cho Bop Inc. at Fjord Fish Market — 1015 Post Road — Jan. 31Town Rating: B — State Score: 92

—Darien Grille  — 22 Center St. — Feb. 6Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Fjord Fish Market  — 1015 Post Road — Jan. 31Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Roost Darien — 1950 Post Road — Feb. 5Town Rating: B — State Score: 93

—Sushi by Jay at Stop & Shop — 25 Old Kings Hwy. North — Feb. 6Town Rating: B — State Score: 92

—Woodway Country Club — 540 Hoyt St. — Feb. 1Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

Dates link to the food establishment’s inspection report referenced here (when available, sometimes it takes a while to get posted online), and Darien’s own A/B/C ratings link to a Web page showing several of the restaurant’s recent inspection ratings.

For restaurants and other food-serving establishments rated “C,” and for some others of interest to the public (like schools) additional information is given. When we provide that information here, then words within brackets (“[ ]”) have been added for clarity by Darienite.com; semicolons (“;”) separate individual comments by the inspectors. Each comment separated by semicolons is about a particular violation that triggers a deduction of one or more points from a perfect state score of 100.


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You can find the past several inspection ratings under the Darien ratings system for food-serving establishments along with copies of inspection reports, including state health code scores on this website.


How Darien’s Food-Serving Places Are Rated

Restaurants in town are rated under the Darien Health Department’s own A/B/C ratings system. Health inspectors also use the state health code regulations to score restaurants, with a perfect score set at 100, and demerits (of 1 to 4 points each) for various code violations.


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The Darien system takes into account problems that are ongoing, so a restaurant scoring higher than others on the state scale may actually get a lower score on the Darien scale.

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The “A”, “B” and “C” letter grades a restaurant gets in its last inspection will be prominent on these certificates, which must be posted where customers can see them, and you can use your phone and the “QR” code to the right of the letter grade to get to the department’s ratings website for more information.


Any establishment actually deemed unsafe can be closed by the town Health Department until violations are fixed. Town Health Director David Knauf says that has never happened in the time he’s been with the department.

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