Lowest Rating — ‘C’ — for Two Restaurants in Most Recent Health Inspection Reports

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Two Darien food-serving establishments received a “C” rating, the worst in the town A-B-C ratings system, in in the nine most recently released Health Department inspection reports.

Three other establishments were rated “B”, and nine more received an “A.”

The nine inspection reports released Thursday were based on inspectors’ visits from April 11 to 20.

Most Recent Inspection Results

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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.

Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released health inspection results (an explanation for each part of the list, including links, is just below the list).

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 (an explanation of how this list is put together is immediately below it):

—Atria Darien — 50 Ledge Road — April 17Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Aux Delices — Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North — April 16 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Burgers, Shakes & Fries — 800 Post Road — April 11 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Cesco’s Trattoria — Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North —  April 13 — Town Rating: B — State Score: 91

—Chipotle Grill — 71 Post Road — April 14 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 97

—Frosty Bear Cafe — 1441 Post Road — April 20 — Town Rating: B — State Score: 92

—Little Thai Kitchen — 4 West Ave. — April 12 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Louie’s Italian Restaurant (reinspection) —10 Center St.— April 20Town Rating: B — State Score: 91

—Maplewood at Darien (reinspection) — 599 Post Road — April 17Town Rating: A — State Score: 98

—SoNo Baking Co. — 49 Tokeneke Road — April 14 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

—Tengda Asian Bistro— Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North — April 14 — Town Rating: C — State Score: 78 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Shelving above three-bay sink unclean; paper towel dispenser not properly working at prep area sink; eggs stored over RTE [ready-to-eat] foods in walk-in cooler; food items stored on floor in walk-in freezer; broken food storage containers in use (walk-in freezer); shopping bags used to store foods; milk crates used as shelving in walk-in freezer; scoops with no handles used to dispense food product; scoop with no handles stored in product; floors unclean; hood has grease buildup; strong odor coming from grease storage bin outside; label all granular; presence of roaches and fruit flies; insufficient amount of sanitizer solution in kitchen and sushi area(chemical out at three-bay–changed); missing thermometer at sushi display cooling unit; no handwashing at sushi area–worker [went] from [holding] cell phone to [putting on] gloves with no handwashing.”

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Health inspection report for Tengda Asian Bistro

—The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s — 2748 Post Road — April 18 — Town Rating: C — State Score: 87 — Inspector’s remarks: “Low boy cooling unit at cook line at 50 degrees. Items thrown out; no sanitizer in sanitizer buckets; food contact surfaces not properly sanitized; paper towel dispenser at hand sink near elevator not properly working; degreaser nln [?] spray bottle not labeled; spatulas stored between equipment at cook line; door gaskets on cooling units along cook line in disrepair; duct tape used to ‘repair’ handle on microwave at cook line; fruit flies present. Evidence of rodent present; paint peeling on ceiling above prep areas.” — Inspector’s comments: “Repair service arrived to address cooling units prior to leaving. Dish machine took four cycles to reach proper rinse temperature. Manager called for service. Keep dumpster lids closed. Must follow up on cooling units, dish machine and sanitizer. Also service called for odor coming from grease trap.”

Giovanni's inspection report

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April 2018 Inspection report for the Waters Edge at Giovanni\’s.

—Wee Burn Country Club — 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road — April 11 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

—Wee Burn Country Club satellite location — 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road — April 11 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94


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.


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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 Darienite.com; 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.

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.


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.

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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