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Latest Health Inspectors' Reports: 9 'Good,' 2 'Fair'

In the most recently released health code inspection reports by the Darien Health Department, nine food-serving establishments in town were scored "Good" and two "Fair."

The two that scored "Fair" were Palmer's Market and Papa Joe's restaurant.

The following list shows what scores local food-serving establishments received under the state scoring system ("state rating," in which 1-4 points are deducted for each violation, with 100 being a perfect score) from Darien Health Department inspectors.

The Health Department also gives a rating under the Darien system ("Darien rating," in which a "Good," "Fair," or "Poor" is given to restaurants that pass inspections). Also shown below are the inspection date and comments by the inspectors as noted in inspection reports. The comments, which each refer to a numbered list of state inspection elements (here omitted), are separated by semicolons (";"). Occasionally an inspector will make general comments at the end of the report.

Here are the most recent reports released by the Health Department:

State rating: 92
Darien rating: Fair
Inspector's remarks: "Scoop handle for bread crumbs embedded; foods left uncovered in walk-in cooler; in-use utensils not properly stored; no soap at head sink (prep area) (service area); no thermometer visibile in pizza prep table; single-serve forks not stored properly."

State rating: 88
Darien rating: Fair
Inspector's remarks: "No sanitizing solution (deli); wiping cloths not stored in sanitizer between use; foods not covered in reach-in cooler (kitchen); shrimp improperly thawing in prep sink (kitchen); produce not washed before cutting (kitchen); plastic wrap stored in hand sink (kitchen); items stored in hand sink (Meat Department); no paper towels at hand sink (Meat Department); serving utensil handle nesting on ready-to-eat shrimp (Seafood Department)."

Additional remark: "Soup temps OK."

State rating: 93
Darien rating: Good
Inspector's remarks: "Drinks stored on floor in storage area; sanitizer solution not [at] adequate concentration level; wiping cloths not kept in sanitizer between uses; open containers of food, drinks for consumption by workers in prep area."

State rating: 95
Darien rating: Good
Inspector's remarks: "Outside of oven on counter needs cleaning; french fries left uncovered at cook line; sanitizing bucket in hand sink (prep area); bag of sugar left opened (prep area); onions stored on floor (prep area); raw sausage stored over cooked hot dogs in reach-in."

Additional remark: "Chili at 148 degrees/hot dogs 168 degrees."


State rating: 95
Darien rating: Good
Inspector's remarks: "Case of soda stored on floor in walk-in; roast beef left uncovered in walk-in; soiled knife stored on cutting board (prep area); no hair restraints on food workers; outside [of] bain marie unclean."

State rating: 95
Darien rating: Good
Inspector's remarks: "Bare-hand contact not minimized -- chef used bare hands to scoop ready-to-eat food (fries); foods left uncovered in reach-in cooler (kitchen); serving plates not stored inverted."

State rating: 92
Darien rating: Good
Inspector's remarks: "Inside of walk-in unclean (cooler); in-use utensils improperly stored, knives on cutting board, tongs from equipment; foods not covered during storage (under-counter refrigerator); items stored in hand sink at bar in lobby; pre-set tables in dining area (utensils not protected)."

Additional remark: "Marinera 159 degrees/Soup 158 degrees/Au Jus 168 degrees."

  • Genji, 50 Ledge Rd. -- Dec. 27
State rating: 99
Darien rating: Good
Inspector's remarks: "Hand sink needs cleaning."

Additional remark: "Temps OK."

State rating: 94
Darien rating: Good
Inspector's remarks: "No paper towels at hand sink (ware wash); hand sink not clean (ware wash); knives not stored properly between use (wedged between equipment); wings left uncovered at pizza station; cutting board (prep area) grooved and unclean."

Additional remarks: "Serv safe class Jan. 14, 2014 (manager); Marinara 142 degrees."

State rating: 96
Darien rating: Good
Inspector's remarks: "In-use utensils soiled and stored on cutting board; foods not covered in reach-in cooler (kitchen); food items stored on floor in walk-in downstairs; no paper towels at hand sink (bar); hand sink at bar unclean."

State rating: 93
Darien rating: Good
Inspector's remarks: "In-use utensils not properly stored; foods uncovered in reach-in cooler (kitchen); granulars not labeled (kitchen); no visible thermometer (salad prep area); foods soted on floor in walk-in cooler; no paper towels at hand sink (bar)."

Additional remarks: "** Establishment is very clean! Hot holding 165 degrees"

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