Latest Darien Restaurant Health Inspection Ratings: 7 ‘Good,’ 1 ‘Fair,’ 1 ‘Poor’



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In recent health inspections by the Darien Health Department, seven restaurants were rated “Good” and for two others the ratings were “Fair” and “Poor.”

The health inspections took place between March 24 and 31. (For details, see the bottom of this article.)

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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A Darien Health Department inspection certificate posted on Darien Doughnuts window, near the door.

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.

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 most recent inspection report online, and Darien ratings link to a Web page showing the restaurant’s recent inspection ratings.


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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; 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):

Browne & Company — 865 Post RoadMarch 29 — GOOD — 100

Embody Fitness Gourmet — 72 Heights Road (in Equinox)March 31 — GOOD — 95

Maplewood at Darien — 599 Post Road — March 31 — POOR — 87 — Inspector’s comments: “Food plated in hot-holding unit not at or above 140 degrees — unit not turned on properly? time food was plated?; food on the line not protected prior to service; bare-hand contact with fruit trays; hand washing not occuring upon entry to kitchen by two employees and after using/handling a cell phone in the kitchen; personal items out on the shelf above bain marie.”

McDonald’s — Darien North rest stop, Interstate 95March 29 — GOOD — 96

McDonald’s — Darien South rest stop, Interstate 95March 31 — GOOD — 97

Sbarro — Darien South rest stop, Interstate 95March 31 — FAIR — 89

Steam — 971 Post Road — March 24 — GOOD — 94

Subway — Darien North rest stop, Interstate 95March 29 — GOOD — 98

Subway — Darien South rest stop, Interstate 95March 31 — GOOD — 100


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