How Darien Restaurants, Schools, Elderly Residences and Other Establishments Fared in Latest Inspections

Health Rating Bodega Taco Bar

Health rating posted at Bodega Taco Bar

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Here’s how Darien restaurants and other food-serving places fared in the latest inspection reports, released Thursday by the 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 department released 11 health inspection reports on Thursday, for inspections that took place from Jan. 6 to 14. Of those, two inspections resulted in a “B” rating and “A” was the rating for nine others. No “C” ratings were given.

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):


—Darien High School — High School Lane — Jan. 10Town Rating: A — State Score: 95 — Inspectors Remarks: “Knife stored unclean x 2 [two knives?] — corrected; inside of door covering ice machine is cracked or broken in multiple spots; replace bulb in walk-in freezer.” — Inspector’s Comments: “A second issuance of violation regarding ice machine door. Replacement part not available. Solution may be to remove the broken piece with insulation and just have the metal flap covering ice. Labeling is really good. All hot-holding OK.”

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Part of the Jan. 10 inspection report for Darien High School Cafeteria.

—Hindley School — 10 Nearwater Lane — Jan. 10Town Rating: A — State Score: 98 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Waste receptacle stored on top of hand sink on the service line — corrected.” — Inspector’s Comments: “Clean and organized. Food items were on floor in both storage and walk-in. Delivery just arrived and being checked in during inspection. Produce washed, glove use and hand washing obvserved. Holding: soup:146 degrees, pizza: 165 degrees; tuna sandwich: 56 — made about one hour prior from dry storage.”

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Part of the Jan. 9 inspection report for Hindley School Cafeteria.


—Maplewood At Darien — 599 Post Road — Jan. 14Town Rating: A — State Score: 97

—The Residence at Selleck’s Woods — 1 Parklands Dr. — Jan. 9Town Rating: A — State Score: 93


—Godgitto Inc. (Sushi) at Fjord Fish Market — 1015 Post Road — Jan. 11Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Hibachi Sushi Ya — 111 Old Kings Hwy. North — Jan. 11Town Rating: B — State Score: 90

—Juice Press at Equinox — 72 Heights Road — Jan. 6Town Rating: B — State Score: 90

—Michael Joseph’s Inc. — 1405 Post Road — Jan. 11Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Fjord Fish Market — 1015 Post Road — Jan. 11Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Saint Luke’s Parish — 1864 Post Road — Jan. 9Town Rating: A — State Score: 98

—Subway Sandwich Shop — 22-26 Heights Road — Jan. 9Town Rating: A — State Score: 97

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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