Food & Drink

Dirty dining: Flies, mold, raw food and more issues at Bradenton-area restaurants

During the most recent inspections of Manatee County, several restaurants were found to be operating with unclean or moldy equipment.

Other issues at Bradenton-area restaurants included live flies on site, food stored on the floor and a server working with a runny nose.

Here’s what inspectors found.

Rippers Roadstand in Ellenton Premium Outlets, 5967 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton

  • An inspector observed five live flies coming out of a potato slicer.
  • Sauerkraut was date-marked as being more than a week old. A stop sale was issued.
  • The ice chute on a self-service drink machine was soiled with mold-like substance/slime.
  • Hot water was not provided at two employee handwash sinks.
  • No soap was provided at two employee handwash sinks.

  • Pickles and sauerkraut were stored on the floor in a walk-in cooler.
  • Floor drains/drain covers were heavily soiled, according to an inspector.
  • The establishment was operating without a license from the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants.
  • An employee with no beard guard was engaged in food preparation.
  • Cardboard was used to line food-contact shelves in a walk-in cooler.
  • A spray bottle containing a toxic substance was not labeled.
  • Walk-in cooler shelves were pitted with rust.
  • A wet wiping cloth was not stored in sanitizing solution in between uses.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

Hideko Sushi And Thai, 737 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto

  • An employee switched from working with raw shrimp to working with ready-to-eat, cut vegetables without washing hands. Corrective action was taken.
  • Sprouts were cold held at a temperature greater than 41 degrees. Corrective action was taken.
  • Raw fish was stored over ready-to-eat food in a refrigerator. The foods were reorganized.
  • A wet wiping cloth was not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Caddy’s at the Pointe, 801 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton

  • Pulled pork was hot held at a temperature less than 135 degrees. The food was reheated and the temperature was increased at the holding station.
  • Hard boiled eggs, shredded cheese, coleslaw, raw chicken, pico de gallo and sliced tomatoes were cold held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees.
  • A dishwasher was observed handling soiled dishes and then handling clean dishes without first washing hands. An inspector explained proper handwashing procedures.
  • Open key lime pie was not properly date-marked. Corrective action was taken.
  • A spray bottle containing a toxic substance was not labeled.

  • A follow-up inspection was required.

Denise’s Beachway Cafe, 7224 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

  • Pooled eggs and potatoes were cold held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. Corrective action was taken.
  • Raw eggs were stored over milk in a reach-in cooler. The eggs were relocated.
  • Fuel was stored with food. The fuel was relocated.
  • Non-food-grade plastic containers were being used to store flour and sugar in the back kitchen.
  • Wiping cloth sanitizing solution was not at the proper minimum strength. Corrective action was taken.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

Big Cow Creamery, 5217 33rd St. E., Bradenton

  • Vanilla dairy mixture was cold held at a temperature greater than 41 degrees in an ice cream hopper. An inspector advised removing the mixture and servicing the machine.
  • No probe thermometer was at hand to measure the temperature of food products.
  • A wet wiping cloth was not stored in sanitizing solution in between uses. Corrective action was taken.
  • Reach-in freezers were stored in prohibited areas with customer access and no locking mechanisms were in use.
  • An employee with no hair restraint was engaged in food preparation. Corrective action was taken.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

Louisiana in a Box, 704 10th St. W., Palmetto

  • Raw eggs were stored over ready-to-eat rice in a reach-in cooler. The foods were reorganized.
  • Raw chicken wings were cold held at a temperature greater than 41 degrees. The food was placed in a reach-in cooler for rapid cooling.
  • Water from a leaking AC unit in a walk-in cooler was gathering around raw shell eggs. A stop sale was issued for the eggs.
  • A cutting board was stained/soiled.
  • A manager lacked proof of food manager certification.
  • There was no proof of required training for any employees.
  • A spray bottle containing a toxic substance was not labeled. Corrective action was taken.
  • No handwashing sign was provided at a sink used by food employees. An employee made a sign.
  • An employee with no beard guard was engaged in food preparation.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

BEHIND OUR REPORTING

Why did we report this story?

Each week, the Bradenton Herald reviews data of restaurants that have been recently inspected in Manatee County. Local public health departments regularly inspect businesses serving food to ensure restaurants and other food retail outlets are following safe food handling procedures.

Demi’s Noodle House, 1318 10th St. W., Palmetto

  • An employee was observed cracking raw eggs and then handling ready-to-eat food and/or clean equipment without first washing hands.

  • Egg noodles and rice were cold held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. The items were placed in a reach-in cooler.

  • Raw animal foods were not properly separated from each other based upon cooking time. An inspector observed raw chicken stored over raw beef in a reach-in freezer.

  • Hot water was not provided at an employee handwash sink. The restaurant owner turned on the hot water.

  • A wet wiping cloth was not stored in sanitizing solution in between uses.

  • A follow-up inspection was required.

Caesar’s Breakfast Cafe, 1808 Cortez Road W., Bradenton

  • A server was experiencing a persistent runny nose while working, according to an inspector.
  • Dishmachine sanitizer was not at the proper minimum strength. Corrective action was taken.
  • A server was observed washing hands with cold water only. Corrective action was taken.
  • A cook was observed handling bread with bare hands.
  • Butter and cream were cold held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. Corrective action was taken.
  • Raw eggs were stored over various sauces, according to an inspector. Corrective action was taken.
  • A server handled soiled dishes and then began working again without washing hands. Corrective action was taken.
  • Open tiramisu was not properly date-marked.
  • The establishment offered raw and/or undercooked animal food without a written consumer advisory.
  • A wet wiping cloth was not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

MW Hawaiian Grill in Ellenton Premium Outlets, 5479 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton

  • Rice was left out to cool at room temperature. It was moved to a reach-in cooler for temperature recovery.
  • Raw eggs were stored over ready-to-eat vegetables in a walk-in cooler. Corrective action was taken.
  • Access to multiple employee handwash sinks was blocked. Corrective action was taken.
  • Hot water was not provided at an employee handwash sink. An employee turned the hot water on.
  • A table fan was dirty.
  • NO handwashing sign was provided at a sink used by food employees.
  • An employee with no hair restraint was engaged in food preparation.
  • A cutting board had cut marks and was no longer cleanable.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Another Broken Egg Cafe, 6115 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch

  • A cook was observed cracking an egg and then changing gloves without first washing hands. An inspector educated a restaurant operator on proper procedure.
  • A handwash sink was not accessible for employee use due to pans stored inside. Corrective action was taken.
  • No test kit was at hand to measure the strength of sanitizer in use for warewashing.
  • Proof of required training was not available for some employees.
  • A wet wiping cloth was not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. Corrective action was taken.
  • Take-out containers were not stored in an inverted fashion to prevent contamination. Corrective action was taken.
  • Coffee filters were not protected from contamination. The filters were moved into an enclosed container.
  • A pest control device located over shelving and a sink had dead insects inside. The device was removed.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

Jaxx Sportsbar, 1035 Hasko Road, Palmetto

  • Chicken wings, cut tomatoes, shredded cheese and ham were cold held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees.
  • The establishment was operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license.
  • A manager lacked proof of food manager certification.
  • There was no proof of required training for any employees.
  • A wet wiping cloth was not stored in sanitizing solution in between uses.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.
  • During a follow-up visit, an inspector observed shredded cheese, chicken wings, sour cream, cut tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and provolone cheese cold held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. A stop sale was issued.

  • An employee with no beard guard was engaged in food preparation.
  • Another follow-up inspection was required.

Rodney’s Jamaican Grill, 814 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto

  • Dishmachine sanitizer was not at the proper minimum strength.
  • An employee was cleaning cut cabbage with bare hands. An inspector explained the importance of wearing gloves and cleaning hands when working with food. The employee washed hands and put on gloves.
  • There was an accumulation of black mold-like substance in the interior of an ice machine.
  • A cutting board was stained and/or soiled.
  • A handwash sink was not accessible for employee use due to items stored inside. The items were removed.
  • There was no proof of required training for any employees.
  • A spray bottle containing a toxic substance was not labeled.

  • A wall was soiled with accumulated grease and dust.
  • To-go trays were not stored in an inverted fashion to prevent contamination. Corrective action was taken.
  • An employee with no hair restraint was engaged in food preparation. Corrective action was taken.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

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.

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Ryan Ballogg covers arts, entertainment, dining, breaking and local news for the Bradenton Herald. He has won awards for feature writing 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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