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

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Here are the latest inspection reports for Darien restaurants and other food-serving establishments just released by Darien Health Department.

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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.

Reports were released for four  inspections; they took place on Sept. 7 and 10. Aside from the one with a “C” rating, three inspections resulted in “A” ratings.

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.

Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released health inspection results (an explanation of how this list is put together is immediately below it):

—Bodega Taco Bar — 980 Post Road — Sept. 10Town Rating: C — State Score: 85 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Both line bain-maries are not cold holding, 51 to 54 degrees (both internal thermometers reading 51 degrees) and cooked poblano peppers out on counter at 86 degrees; no food thermometer on the line; bare hand upon entry into kitchen; bleach not pulling in bar dish[washing] machine. Changed chemical jug and primed machine; label food items not in original containers (line and dy storage); cup used to dispense salsa on the line [has] no handle; unclean nonfood contact surfaces on the line; waste water pooling in two separate [?]; floors unclean on the line and under equipment, bar area mats are sticky/unclean.” — Inspector’s Comments: “Do NOT store Quat [a sanitizer that includes ammonia] and bleach side by side in storage area! [Here’s why.]

Bodega Taco Bar Inspection 9-7-19

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Inspector’s remarks and comments section of the report from the Sept. 10, 2019 inspection of Bodega Taco Bar

—McDonald’s — Darien North rest stop, Interstate 95 — Sept. 7 — Town Rating: AState Score: 95

—Subway Sandwich Shop — 22-26 Heights Road — Sept. 7Town Rating: A — State Score: 98

—Subway Sandwich Shop — Darien North rest stop, Interstate 95 — Sept. 7 — Town Rating: AState Score: 96


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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