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Restaurant owners in Florida are not required to post restaurant inspection results for guests to see, which is why we provide this information to you each week.

For a complete list of local restaurant inspections, including violations that do not require warnings or administrative action, visit our Leon County Restaurant Inspections page.

Here is the breakdown of recent health inspections in Leon County, Florida for the week of May 20-26, 2024. Please note that some more recent follow-up inspections may not be included here.

Disclaimer: The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation describes an inspection report as a snapshot of the conditions that existed at the time of the inspection. On any given day, a facility may have fewer or more violations than were found during the last inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the general, long-term conditions at the facility.

For detailed information about restaurant inspections, please visit our Leon County restaurant inspection website.

Which restaurants in Leon County received top marks in their health inspections?

These restaurants met all standards during inspections from May 20 to 26 and no violations were found.

  • Aunties Kitchen, 1815 S Adams St, Tallahassee**
  • Burger King 05641, 1301 E Park Ave, Tallahassee**
  • El Patron Mexican Grill & Cantina, 1170 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee**
  • Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille, 301 S Bronough St, Tallahassee
  • Jason's Deli, 2335 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee
  • Little Italy Restaurant and Pizzeria Inc., 111-17 S Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee
  • Newks Eatery, 1400 Village Square Blvd Ste 35, Tallahassee**
  • Sam's Country Buffet Inc, 1214 Capital Circle SE Ste D&E, Tallahassee**
  • Wahoo Seafood Grill, 2714 Graves Road Ste B, Tallahassee**

** Restaurants that failed an inspection and passed a follow-up inspection with flying colors in the same week

Which restaurants in Leon County have been temporarily closed by inspectors?

These restaurants failed inspections from May 20-26 and have been temporarily closed. Follow-up inspections are required.

1214 Capital Cir SE Ste D&E, Tallahassee

Partial inspection on 21 May

Facility temporarily closed: Ordered operations will be suspended until violations are corrected.

6 violations in total, 6 of which are high priority

  • High Priority – Dented/rusted cans are present. Rusting was observed on a can of tomato paste in the kitchen area. See Stop Sale.
  • High Priority – Dishwasher chlorine sanitizer does not have the correct minimum concentration. Discontinue use of dishwasher for sanitization and establish manual sanitization until dishwasher is repaired and properly sanitized. Dishwasher chlorine level found to be 0 ppm. Employee corrected dishwasher chlorine level to 50 ppm during inspection. **Corrected on-site**
  • High Priority – Live, small flying insects in the kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area and/or bar area. Approximately four live flying insects were observed in the kitchen and dry storage areas. **Warning**
  • High Priority – Raw animal foods were not properly segregated in the storage unit despite not meeting the required minimum cooking temperature. Raw chicken was stored above raw shrimp in a walk-in cooler.
  • High Priority – Raw sewage on premises. Raw sewage accumulation observed outside in the following locations: around the exterior back door connected to the dining area, entrance to the dry storage shed, parking lot and dumpster area. **Warning**
  • High priority – sales stopped because the food was not in perfect condition. Six eggs with broken shells were discovered in the walk-in cold room and six commercially available bags of ice were discovered in the ice cream maker. See sales stop.

2714 Graves Rd Ste B, Tallahassee

Routine inspection on 24 May

Facility temporarily closed: Ordered operations will be suspended until violations are corrected.

8 violations in total, 4 of which are high priority

  • High Priority – Live, small flying insects in the kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area and/or bar area. Approximately 9 flying insects observed in the following locations: 5 living in the dish area and 4 living in the bar area. **Warning**
  • High Priority – Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 11 live roaches were observed in the following locations: 7 living within reach in the refrigeration seal on the cook line, 2 living in the dish area, 1 living in the dry storage area, and 1 living near the mop sink. **Warning**
  • High priority – mussels stored without labels. Approximately 10 oysters without labels were discovered in the walk-in cooler. See Stop Sales.
  • High Priority – Time/Temperature control for food safety held cold above 41 degrees F. Multiple items stored above 41 degrees F were observed in the cold room in the cook line at 1:15 AM: Expo Refrigerator: chopped lettuce 46 degrees F, shredded cheddar 47 degrees F, and chopped tomatoes 45 degrees F. Prep Table: chopped lettuce 44 degrees F and coleslaw 48 degrees F. Manager stated food has been stored since 11:00 AM. Manager moved food to walk-in cold room during inspection. **Warning**

Which restaurants in Leon County have had high priority violations?

1301 E Park Ave, Tallahassee

Partial inspection on 22 May

Follow-up inspection required: Violations require further inspection but do not pose an immediate threat to the public.

2 violations in total, 2 of which are high priority

  • High Priority – Ground meat does not reach minimum internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit for 17 seconds or equivalent time/temperature combination as indicated on cooking chart. Broiler Beef 146, 130, 153. **Warning**
  • High Priority – Time/Temperature control for safe food, except whole meat roasts, held hot at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Beef at 119, 132, 124, discarded by operator. **Warning**

Which agency inspects restaurants in Florida?

Routine regulation and inspection of restaurants is carried out by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Department of Health is responsible for the investigation and control of foodborne disease outbreaks in all food establishments.

How do I report a dirty restaurant in Florida?

If you see violations of state standards, report them and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation will send inspectors. Call the Florida DBPR at 850-487-1395 or report a restaurant for health violations online.

You can read the full story in our restaurant inspection database.

What does all the terminology mean in restaurant inspections in Florida?

Basic violations are considered in terms of best practices.

A warning is issued after an inspector documents violations that must be corrected by a certain date or within a certain number of days after receiving the inspection report.

A Administrative complaint is a form of legal action initiated by the department. Inadequate compliance after a warning, a pattern of repeated violations, or the presence of serious circumstances requiring immediate action may result in the department initiating an administrative complaint against the facility. The department's website states, “Correcting the violations is important, but penalties may still be assessed for violations corrected after the warning period has passed.”

A Emergency Ordinance – when a restaurant is closed by the inspector – is based on an imminent threat to the public. In this case, the Director of the Department of Hotels and Restaurants has determined that the establishment must cease operations and any license from the department will be suspended in order to protect the health, safety or welfare of the public.

Following an emergency closure or license revocation, a 24-hour recall inspection will be conducted.

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