One Food Store in Town Gets a ‘C’ — The Worst Darien Health Rating — in Latest Inspection Reports

Health Department Inspection Ratings Restaurants 11-17-17
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One food store in town received a “C” rating from inspectors in the latest health inspection reports released by Darien Health Department.

Health Certificate Frosty Bear 01-19-17

Town Health Department ratings certificates are supposed to be displayed prominently, like this one at the Frosty Bear Cafe at Darien Library.

Out of five reports from inspections that took place from Aug. 24 to 30, two places were rated “A,” two more got “B” ratings, and one received a “C.”

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.

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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):

Fishermans Net ratings 2018-2019

In the four most recent inspection reports for Fisherman’s Net (going back to Oct. 12) posted on the department’s website, three were “C” ratings.

—Fisherman’s Net — 11 Old King’s Hwy. North — Aug. 24Town Rating: C — State Score: 88 — Inspector’s Remarks: “No documentation for QFO [Qualified Food Operator]; no designated QFO alternate; knife blade and handles unclean in rack–corrected; label all to-go dinners and other items that are for sale that are not in original containers; rusty grill surface on char broiler; utensils stored jumbled; unnecessary items in storage area and in back of store.” — Inspector’s Comments: “Less clutter and cleaner. No hot holding. Sanitizer set up. Gloves used. Lobster tank now operational. Proper thawing observed in prep sink. Waiting on documentation for QFO. Alternate as well??”

Fisherman's net inspection August 2019

Inspection report posted on the Health Department’s website.

—Genji — at Whole Foods Market, 150 Ledge Road — Aug. 26Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

—The Goose American Bistro & Bar — 972 Post Road — Aug. 26Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Hibachi Sushi Ya —  111 Old Kings Hwy. North — Aug. 30Town Rating: B — State Score: 91

—Tengda Asian Bistro — 25 Old Kings Hwy. North — Aug. 28Town Rating: B — State Score: 87

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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