In Virginia, restaurant inspection reports aren't quite as simple as getting a letter grade or an easy to see number rating to post in the front window.
That said, we all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation.
In Fairfax County, inspectors grade restaurants based on critical and non-critical violations.
A "critical violation" is one that "poses a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served." Non-critical violations are generally related to cleaning or maintenance.
"Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to Virginia Department of Health's website.
The site continues: "Keep in mind that any inspection report is a 'snapshot' of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long term cleanliness of an establishment."
Since our last round-up, the following McLean restaurants have been inspected by the Virginia Department of Health. The full reports can be accessed on the health department's website.
T.G.I. Friday's, 7855-E Tysons Corner Center
- Critical: Milk and guacamole were being stored at improper temperatures
Sodexo at Farm Credit, 1501 Farm Credit Dr.
- Critical: Cottage cheese, sliced ham, chicken salad, sliced cheese were being stored at improper temperatures at the customer salad bar and in the refrigerator
Panera Bread, 7939L Tysons Corner Center
- Critical: There was no Certified Food Manager present at the beginning of the inspection.
- Critical: Hard boiled eggs, crumbled cheese, milk and half and half were being stored at improper temperatures.
- Critical: "The concentration of the quaternary ammonia solution was measured at 500 parts per million. This concentration exceeds the approved limits for use with food-contact surfaces of equipment and utensils in a foodservice establishment."
Panda Express, 7941L Tyson Corner Center
- No violations were found during the inspection
McDonald's, 7937L Tysons Corner Center
- Critical: Chlorine santizing solution was not observed with an acceptable concentration.
- Critical: A quaternary ammonia solution was too concentrated.
- Critical: "Poisonous and toxic materials are not properly stored to prevent the contamination of food, equipment, utensils, linens or single service items. Observed fryer cleaner stored over chocolate drizzle."