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.
La Caraquena Restaurant
300 W. Broad St., Falls Church
Inspected Nov. 1: four critical violations, eight non-critical violations
“Different types of raw animal foods stored in such a manner that may cause cross contamination as follows: raw chicken over raw beef and raw fish in 2-door combo prep freezer and cooler.”
6138-C Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
Inspected Nov. 6: no critical violations, four non-critical violations
“Observed that hand soap was not provided at bathroom hand-washing sink.”
7642 Lee Highway, Falls Church
Inspected Nov. 6: no critical violations, two non-critical violations
“Observed that the wall by the mop sink is not maintained in good repair and has a large hole.”