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 from the Virginia Department of Health 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.
How this works: Click on the date or on 'see details here' to get the detailed report of inspection violations for each restaurant listed below. These are the most recent reports available for restaurants in the greater McLean and Tysons Corner areas.
Santini’s, 2975 Chain Bridge Road, Jan. 28, 2013
1 critical violation, 3 critical violations corrected during inspection, 1 non-critical violation. See details here.
Long John Silver’s, 7049 Leesburg Pike, Jan. 25, 2013
1 critical violation, 3 non-critical violations. See details here.
Olive Garden, 8133 Leesburg Pike, Jan. 24, 2013
1 critical violation, 1 non-critical violation correct during inspection. See details here.
Absolute Thai, 1381 Beverly Road, Jan. 23, 2013
3 critical violations corrected during inspection, 6 non-critical violations, 2 non-critical violations corrected during inspection. See details here.
Robeks, 8359A Leesburg Pike, Jan. 23, 2013
2 critical violations corrected during inspection, 3 non-critical violations, 1 non-critical violation corrected during inspection. See details here.