22 restaurants, food trucks get near-perfect health inspections in Bradenton area

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 readers have frequently asked which restaurants have done well during inspectors’ visits, too, and we agree they deserve a shout out.

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 Feb. 27-March 18, 2023.

Arby’s, 3608 First St., Bradenton

Birdrock Taco Shack, 1213 13th Ave. W., Bradenton

The Canopy Bistro+Bar, 3503 U.S. 301, Ellenton

Checkers, 8357 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

Corwin’s Ice Cream and Smoothies, 1000 Barcarrota Ave., Bradenton (No violations)

Duffy’s Tavern, Bar, and Grill, 5808 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

Filhas Da Mãe, 3413 Cortez Road W., Bradenton (Mobile food business) (No violations)

Froggy’s Caribbean BBQ, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton

gRub Tropical BBQ, 415 Pine Ave., Anna Maria

Horns, Fins & Feathers, 7116 85th St. Court E., Bradenton (Food truck) (No violations)

La Perrada del Ray, 3612 Cortez Road W., Bradenton (Food trailer) (No violations)

N.Y. Italian Sausage, 7506 279 Street E., Myakka City (Food trailer) (No violations)

Outback Steakhouse, 4510 S.R. 64, Bradenton

Poppo’s Taqueria Catering, 5942 34th St. W. #106, Bradenton

Sailfish Bar & Grille, 8830 Barrier Coast Trail, Parrish (at Del Webb BayView Active Adult Community)

Tim’s Gourmet Pizza, 1035 26th Ave. E., Bradenton (Mobile food business)

Tito’s Latin Cuisine, 3413 Cortez Road, Bradenton (Mobile food business) (No violations)

Tyler’s Homemade Ice Cream, 11904 Cortez Road W., Cortez

Vinny’s Italian Kitchen, 5337 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach

Wendy’s, 606 10th St. W., Palmetto

Wendy’s, 5100 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton

Worthington on Lovelee Lake, 4815 17th St. E., Ellenton (Event venue)

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.