Six restaurants in Darien and Darien High School were inspected by Darien Health Department sanitarians in the most recently released reports.
Four of the six food-serving establishments received “Fair” ratings, with three others rated “Good.” Darien High School received a perfect 100 in the state ratings system.
Details about the towns rating system for restaurants and other food serving establishments are at the bottom of this article.
The most recent inspection results
In the list of health inspection results, below, information is listed by name, address, date of inspection, Darien rating, state score, inspector’s comments that led to the state rating and additional remarks on the inspection report. Dates link to the food establishment’s inspection report referenced here (when available, sometimes it takes a while to get posted online), and Darien ratings link to a Web page showing several of the restaurant’s recent inspection ratings.
- Our previous article showing restaurant inspection ratings (May 12)
- You Can Now Read Full Health Inspection Reports on Darien Restaurants Online
For restaurants and other food-serving establishments rated “poor,” and for some others of interest to the public (like schools) additional information is given. When we provide that here, then information within brackets (“[ ]”) has been added for clarity by Darienite.com; semicolons like this (“;”) separate individual comments, each one with a particular violation that triggers a point deduction from that perfect state score of 100 points.
Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released results of Darien health inspections (keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of “Good” ratings may occasionally “Fair” or “Poor” inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong):
- Auntie Anne’s — Darien South rest stop, Interstate 95 — May 19 — FAIR — 95
- Darien High School — High School Lane — May 17 — GOOD — 100
- Dunkin Donuts — Darien South rest stop, Interstate 95 — May 19 — FAIR — 91
- Dunkin Donuts — Darien North rest stop, Interstate 95 — May 19 — FAIR —89
- The Goose — 972 Post Road — May 13 — GOOD — 95
- New Beijing Restaurant — 5 Tokeneke Road — May 13 — GOOD — 92
- Sushi by Jay (at Stop & Shop) — 25 Old Kings Hwy. N. — May 18 — FAIR — 94
How Darien’s restaurants are rated
Restaurants in town are rated under the Darien Health Department’s own Good/Fair/Poor 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 or that have been fixed, so a restaurant scoring higher than others on the state scale may actually get a lower score on the Darien scale, or vice versa.
You can find the past several inspection ratings under the Darien ratings system for food-serving establishments on this website, and now you can also find copies of inspection reports, including state health code scores in the same place.
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.