Health Inspection Reports for Darien Food-Serving Establishments

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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.

The 11 inspections took place from June 5 to 12. Six inspections resulted in “A” ratings (the best), two more resulted in “B” ratings, none received a “C” (the worst) and three inspections were for snack bars at a country club and a beach, and the Health Department doesn’t give out town ratings for those.

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):


—Holmes School — 18 Hoyt St. — June 7Town Rating: A — State Score: 100 (perfect)

—Tokeneke School — 7 Old Farm Road — June 5Town Rating: A — State Score: 99 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Wooden shelf on student side of service line being held up and out of the way by tape. This piece serves no purpose and should be removed, along with tape.”Inspector’s Comments: “Another solid performance from one of our schools. Management says that the violation in question should be femedied as they were told a new service line steam table has been ordered for next school year.”


—Aux Delices — Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North — June 11Town Rating: A — State Score: 98

—Chipotle Mexican Grill — 71 Post Road — June 10Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

—Frosty Bear Cafe — at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road — June 10Town Rating: B — State Score: 93

—Noroton Bay Snack Bar — 54 Nearwater Lane Pier — June 8Town Rating: not given for snack bars — State Score: 93

—Tengda Asian Bistro — Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North — June 5Town Rating: B — State Score: 93

—Whole Foods Market — 150 Ledge Road — June 12Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

—Woodway Country Club — 540 Hoyt St. — June 7Town Rating: A — State Score: 100 (perfect)

—Woodway Country Club Pool Snack Bar — 540 Hoyt St. — June 7Town Rating: not given for snack bars — State Score: 98

—Woodway Country Club: 10th Tee — 540 Hoyt St. — June 7 — Town Rating: not given for snack bars — State Score: 98

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; 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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