Two Darien food-serving establishments got a “C” rating, the worst in the town A-B-C ratings system, in the latest health inspection reports released by the town Health Department. Three other establishments were rated “A”, and two “B.”
Update, 11:02 a.m.: In addition to the inspections just referred to, Blue Wave Taco was just reinspected on Feb. 22 and received an “A” (more information below). The inspection occurred just as Darienite.com received reports from the department and wasn’t included in the weekly batch. It was brought to the attention of Darienite.com, so we’re including it in this update.
The inspections were done from Feb. 14 and 20.
Most Recent Inspection Results
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):
UPDATE, 11:02 a.m.:
—Duchess Family Restaurant — 306 Post Road — Feb. 17 — Town Rating: C — State Score: 83 — Inspector’s remarks: “Chili in hot holding unit, 129 to 135 degrees (not reheated properly) (reheated to higher than 165 degrees); no thermometer in four-drawer refrigerator (corrected); no sanitizer in wiping-cloth bucket; interior tops of microwaves not clean; hot water at bathroom hand sinks [at] 142 degrees (shall be no more than 115 degrees); front soap dispenser not working; torn gasket on bain marie; fan covers in walk-in cooler not clean; hood vents above fryers not clean; faucet leaking at wash bay of three-bay sink; floor not clean in basement around oil tanks.” — Inspector’s Comment: “Rating posted.”
—Woodway Country Club — 540 Hoyt St. — Feb. 14 — Town Rating: C — State Score: 82 — Inspector’s remarks: “Salad fridge bain marie at 55 to 56 degrees product temperature. Other low-boy refrigerator: house-made caesar [salad] dressing at 45 degrees; chicken cooked and left on the counter to cool at 89 degrees and potatoes on the stove in a pot (no flame) at 88 degrees; no thermometer available during cooking/prep work on the line; not washing butter lettuce before use, on package it states “wash before use”; food uncovered/not protected in several areas of the kitchen; no hand washing from several staff members returning to the kitchen from a lunch break downstairs; no sanitizer set up on the line or any prep areas during inspection; rinse aid connected to three-bay sink. Incorrect chemical used to sanitize (corrected after identified during inspection); no soap or paper towels at bar hand sinks, two instances; open dumpsters near back door for food waste: no cover; evidence of rodent activity in downstairs dry storage area and fruit fly activity near the main bar (most recent pest control invoice requested).” — Inspector’s Comments: “Formal documentation of training for staff?? Latex gloves in use: There has been a ban since July 1, 2016. Three-bay sink discharging directly to floor drain: no grease trap?!? Par-cooking kitchen per staff, and executive chef says no, we do not par -cook.”
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.
- Our previous article showing restaurant inspection ratings (Feb. 15)
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.
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.