Bradenton, FL area restaurant health inspections

Florida’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants routinely inspects restaurants, food trucks and other food service…

Florida’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants routinely inspects restaurants, food trucks and other food service establishments for public health and cleanliness issues. The reports are public information.

During the most recent inspections in Manatee County, several restaurants were cited for employee hand-washing issues or bare hand contact with food.

Other problems at Bradenton-area restaurants included flies on site and potentially hazardous foods stored at room temperature.

Here is what inspectors found:

Buffalo Wild Wings, 5235 University Parkway, University Park

  • An inspector observed 20 “flying fruit fly-type insects” throughout storage and dish-washing areas.
  • A floor drain cover was stored in an employee hand-wash sink. Corrective action was taken.
  • A box of chicken was stored on a walk-in freezer floor. Corrective action was taken.
  • A follow-up inspection was required. The restaurant met inspection standards during a follow-up visit.

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, 5405 University Parkway #104, University Park

  • An inspector observed a food employee plating bacon with bare hands. An inspector advised on proper food-handling procedures. Corrective action was taken.
  • Raw shell eggs were stored above ready-to-eat sliced ham. Corrective action was taken.
  • An employee hand-wash sink was being used for other purposes.
  • A used, dry wiping cloth was in contact with ready-to-eat food (cut berries). Corrective action was taken. An employee removed the cloth and discarded the affected berries.
  • Four sets of tongs were hanging on an oven door handle. Corrective action was taken.
  • An employee beverage was stored on a food prep line. Corrective action was taken.
  • A cutting board on the cook line had cut marks and was no longer cleanable.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key

  • An inspector observed a food employee handle raw calamari and then fail to wash hands during a glove change. The inspector advised the employee and a manager on proper hand-washing procedure.
  • A server handled soiled dishes or utensils and then picked up plated food, served food or prepared a beverage without first washing hands. An inspector advised the employee and a manager on proper hand-washing procedure.

  • Raw shell eggs were stored over whipped cream in a walk-in cooler. Corrective action was taken.
  • Cutting boards on the cook line were stained, soiled and had deep grooves, according to an inspector.
  • A mixer head was soiled.
  • A can opener blade was soiled.
  • A wall in a dish-washing room was soiled with a mold-like substance.

  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Subway, 508 10th St. E., Palmetto

  • There was no proof of required food safety training for any employees.
  • An inspector observed dirt behind a dining room soda machine.
  • The floor under a soda and ice machine was soiled with dust and debris.
  • A drain under a three-compartment sink was soiled with food debris.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

Little Caesars Pizza, 573 10th St. E., Palmetto

  • A spray bottle of equipment cleaner was stored on a food prep table. Corrective action was taken.
  • There was no proof of required food safety training for any employees.
  • A mixer o-ring was soiled with food debris. Corrective action was taken.
  • There was an accumulation of black substance in a reach-in cooler used to store soda.
  • Floors throughout the kitchen and in a walk-in cooler were soiled with food debris.
  • An exterior door had a gap at the threshold that opened to the outside.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St Judes Dr., Longboat Key

  • An inspector observed a food employee handle raw chicken and then change gloves without washing hands. The inspector advised the employee and a manager on proper hand-washing procedure.
  • Raw shrimp was stored over shredded cheese in a reach-in cooler. Corrective action was taken.
  • Shell eggs were being stored at room temperature and above 45 degrees. Corrective action was taken. The eggs were moved to a reach-in cooler.
  • A wall in a dish room behind a sprayer hose was soiled with mold-like substance.
  • In-use utensils were stored in standing water at less than 135 degrees. Corrective action was taken.
  • Containers of sauce and cases of produce were stored on the floor of a walk-in cooler. Corrective action was taken.
  • There was an accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of an ice machine.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Blue Dolphin Cafe, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #101, Longboat Key

  • An inspector observed a food employee handling a ready-to-eat beef steak burrito with bare hands. A stop sale was issued due to food not being in a sound condition. Corrective action was taken. The employee discarded the item.
  • Cooked potatoes were stored at room temperature on the cook line. Corrective action was taken.
  • No soap was provided at an employee hand-wash sink. Corrective action was taken.
  • A spray bottle containing cleaning fluid was not labeled. Corrective action was taken.
  • Walk-in freezer shelves were pitted with rust.
  • Single-service cups were stored on the kitchen floor. Corrective action was taken.
  • A back kitchen exit had a gap at the threshold that opened to the outside.
  • Employee drinks were stored in food prep or other prohibited areas. Corrective action was taken.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Editor’s Note: According to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, these reports are a “snapshot” of the conditions present at the time of the inspection and are public record. The agency is required to inspect every licensed restaurant at least once per year, but new and “high-risk” establishments tend to be inspected more frequently.

When an emergency shutdown order is given by an inspector, it must first be reviewed and approved by agency supervisors. In order for a business to reopen, an inspector will continue visiting the establishment daily until compliance is met. Some citations may include a financial penalty. Inspectors may also respond to complaints, which can be filed here.

The Bradenton Herald’s weekly dirty dining reports list restaurants where inspectors found issues that might concern the average diner — such as unsafe food temperatures, employee handwashing issues or moldy drink machines — regardless of whether or not the businesses passed inspection.

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Ryan Ballogg is a news reporter and features writer at the Bradenton Herald. Since joining the paper in 2018, he has received awards for features, art and environmental writing in the Florida Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is a Florida native and graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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