Latest Health Inspection Results for Darien Food-Serving Establishments

Health Rating Bodega Taco Bar

Health rating posted at Bodega Taco Bar

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These seven inspection reports of Darien restaurants were released Thursday by the town Health Department, based on inspections from Dec. 13 to 16.

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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.

Three of the inspections resulted in “A” ratings and four in “B” ratings. There were no “C” ratings, the worst in the town’s A/B/C ratings system.

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):

—Burgers Plus Pies —  55 Old Kings Hwy. North — Dec. 13Town Rating: B — State Score: 91

—Burgers Shakes & Fries — 800 Post Road — Dec. 13Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

—Driftwood Diner — 171 Post Road — Dec. 13Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Jimmy’s Southside Tavern — 340 Heights Road — Dec. 16Town Rating: B — State Score: 86

—Rory’s — 416 Post Road — Dec. 14 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

—Sbarro — Darien South rest stop, Interstate 95 — Dec. 14Town Rating: B — State Score: 90

—Taco Bell — Darien North rest stop, Interstate 95 — Dec. 14Town Rating: B — State Score: 92

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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