One ‘C’ Rating in Most Recent Darien Health Inspections of Restaurants

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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.

The department as of Thursday released 18 reports of inspection visits from Sept. 8 to Oct. 21. Of those, 15 inspections resulted in an “A” rating. One establishment was rated “C” (and on re-inspection was rated “A”). One restaurant received a “B,” and an ice cream shop was also inspected, although it wasn’t the type of establishment that gets a rating.

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):

— Coromandel Cuisine of India — Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North — Sept. 21 — Town Rating: B — State Score: 92

— Crepes Choupette — 1029 Post Road — Sept. 21 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 97

— Darien Diner — 275 Post Road — Sept. 19 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

— Darien High School — High School Lane — Sept. 14 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 98

— Darien Seafood Market — 1941 Post Road — Sept. 19 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

— Diane Browne Catering — 865 Post Road — Sept. 19 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

— Four Forks — 7 Tokeneke Road — Sept. 19 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

— Gofer Ice Cream — 1020 Post Road — Sept. 21 — Note: Ratings are not given to this category of food-serving establishments.

Gofer Ice Cream Health Inspection report

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From the Health Department inspection report for Gofer Ice Cream.

— Heights Pizza — 882 Post Road— Sept. 21 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

— Holmes School — 18 Hoyt St. — Oct. 12 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 99

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Part of the report from the Oct. 12 Health Department inspection of Holmes School cafeteria

— Jake’s Place — 4 Ledge Road — Oct. 12 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

— La Taqueria — 1077 Post Road — Sept. 8 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

— Nino’s — 390 Post Road — Oct. 12 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

— Pho Fans Vietnamese — 971 Post Road — Sept. 7 — Town Rating: C — State Score: 86 — VIOLATIONS: “Cooked rice noodles left out on the line (91 to 93 degrees) FSE establishment without customers? Three individuals walked in during inspection; raw meats stored above other ready-to-eat food in walk-in cooler (unorganized); no sanitizer set up during a busy prep time and just after lunch service; slicer is being rinsed in prep sink (corrective action during inspection); how are large pots sanitized …. owner says they clean with water and wash in place; bamboo bowled with paper stored unclean? reused; thawing proteins at room temperature; leak under prep sink (bowl catching waste water).” — INSPECTOR’S COMMENTS: “Hood turned off, paper cover rolling carts on the line, staff needs documented training … information provided, protect the bar ice, and do not leave wiping cloths covering food in refrigeration. Hand-washing reminder about using the correct sink with soap [and] paper towels. Rating not posted from previous inspection!”

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Pho Fans Sep. 7 inspection repoert

— Pho Fans Vietnamese — 971 Post Road — Sept. 19 Reinspection — Town Rating: A — State Score: 98

Pho Fans inspection 09-19-22

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Pho Fans reinspection report

— Restaurant L’Ostal — 22 Center St. — Sept. 14 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 98

— Soiree (caterers) — First Congregational Church, 14 Brookside Road — Aug. 31 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 100

— Vavala’s Deli — 156 Heights Road — Sept. 14 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

Dates (normally in this regular weekly feature, but not as of publication time for this article) 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 (those Web pages are also down as of publication time).

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 Each comment separated by semicolons is about a particular violation that triggers a deduction of one or more points (called “demerits”) 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.


Here’s the most recent previous article on health inspections.

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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.

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