May 19, 2022

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Bradenton area restaurants that did well on health inspections

The Bradenton Herald regularly reports on local restaurants that don’t pass inspection by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation or otherwise raise concern due to food safety and cleanliness issues.

But over the last several years, readers have frequently asked to know which restaurants have done well during inspectors’ visits, too.

Passing inspection without flaw is no easy feat. Florida bases its inspection standards on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code, which contains many, many possible violations. These Bradenton-area restaurants did more than pass their regular state inspection—they aced it.

Here are the restaurants and other food businesses that recently got perfect marks (no violations) or near-perfect marks (only a few minor violations) in Manatee County. These inspections were conducted between Aug. 30 and Oct. 1, 2021.

Best restaurant inspections

Abuela’s Kitchen, 727 Seventh St. W., Palmetto.

A.O.T. Always on Time (food truck). (No violations.)

Bowled Life Cafe, 929 10th St. E., Palmetto.

Cassariano Italian Eatery, 8209 Natures Way #103, Bradenton.

Culver’s, 4714 E, S.R. 64, Bradenton.

Culver’s, 2605 University Parkway, Sarasota.

Domino’s Pizza, 2551 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. #108, Lakewood Ranch.

Domino’s Pizza, 7353 University Parkway, Lakewood Ranch.

Five Guys, 6783 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Fresh Kitchen, 8491 Cooper Creek Blvd. #101, Bradenton.

Joyland Country Music Night Club, 8341 Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota.

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q, 14475 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch.

Olive Garden, 4420 14th St. W., Bradenton.

Papa John’s Pizza, 1779 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton.

Small Town Creamery, 5404 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

Subway, 6507 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton.

Whitney’s, 6990 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key. (No violations.)

Wingstop, 3553 First St., Bradenton.

Restaurants in Florida are licensed and routinely inspected by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Diners can report health and cleanliness issues at a restaurant anywhere in the state by filing a complaint with the agency.

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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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