One Eatery Gets Lowest Rating — ‘C’ — in Most Recent Darien Health Inspection Reports

Health Department Inspection Ratings Restaurants 11-17-17
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A Darien restaurant received a “C” rating, the worst in the town A-B-C ratings system, in reports from the eight most recently released town Health Department inspection reports. That restaurant was later reinspected and received an “A.”

One other establishment was rated “A,” and the others each received a “B.”

The reports, all released Thursday, were based on four visits by inspectors from July 11 to 17.

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):

—Burgers, Shakes and Fries — 800 Post Road  — July 11 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

—Chipotle Mexican Grill — 71 Post Road  — July 13  — Town Rating: C — State Score: 91  — Inspector’s Remarks: “Hot holding in catering/staging unit was not hot holding over 135 degrees (cooked chicken and steak), brown rice was not hot holding on other side: 128 degrees; two-drawer unit under the grill was not cold holding (product was 52 [degrees] and ambient temperature was 60 degrees); insufficient amount of Quat sanitizer in santi buckets and three-bay sink; no waste receptacle at ware-wash hand sink; some cutting boards grooved and stained (replace).”  — Inspector’s Comments: “Discussion about illness policy and blanching produce, new upright hot-holding unit.”

Chipotle inspection July 13 2018

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Part of the July 13 inspection report for Chipotle Grill on the Post Road


—Chipotle Mexican Grill REINSPECTION  71 Post Road  — July 16 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 97  — Inspector’s Remarks: “No waste receptacle at ware-wash hand sink; scoop at service line chipped. Needs to be replaced.” — Inspector’s Comments: “Sanitizer OK. Refrigeration OK. Hot/cold holding OK. Hand washing and glove use observed.”

—Green & Tonic — 1098 Post Road  — July 17  — Town Rating: B — State Score: 93

—Hibachi Sushi Ya — 111 Old Kings Hwy. North — July 13Town Rating: B — State Score: 86

—Jimmy’s Southside Tavern — 340 Heights Road  — July 16  — Town Rating: B  — State Score: 90

—Maplewood at Darien — 599 Post Road  — July 17  — Town Rating: B — State Score: 95

—Tengda Asian Bistro — REINSPECTION — Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North — July 16 — Town Rating: B — State Score: 88

Reinspection Tengda July 2018

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July 16, 2018 reinspection of Tengda Asian Bistro


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; 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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