In Virginia, restaurant inspection reports are not quite as simple as getting a letter grade or an easy to see number rating to post in the front window.
With that said, we all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation.
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 the 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."
In the past month, the following Falls Church restaurants have been inspected by the VDH. The full reports can be accessed on the health department's website.
Pilin Thai Restaurant
116 W. Broad St., Falls Church
“Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in the refrigeration unit.”
Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt
7263-F Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
“The establishment has not posted the permit to operate in a conspicuous location.”
Mount of Lebanon
2922 Annandale Rd., Falls Church
“Observed that sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands is not provided at bathroom hand washing sinks used by food employees.”