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What Do Restaurant Inspectors Look For?

Each inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions present at the restaurant at the time of the inspection.

Ginny Beagan, Wochit

You can use the database to search by county or by restaurant name.

Florida’s restaurant owners are not required to post restaurant inspection results where guests can see them. So every week, we provide that information for you.

For a complete list of local restaurant inspections, including violations not requiring warnings or administrative action, visit our Okaloosa County restaurant inspections site.

Here’s the breakdown for recent health inspections in Okaloosa County for the week of April 29-May 5, 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 conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day, an establishment may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment.

For full restaurant inspection details, visit our Okaloosa County restaurant inspection site.

Which Okaloosa County restaurants got perfect scores on their health inspections?

These restaurants met all standards during their April 29-May 5 inspections and no violations were found.

  • Coasters, 214 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach
  • Dunkin Donuts #350119, 2408 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview**
  • Fuel Burger, Mobile food dispensing vehicle
  • My O’Hana, Mobile food dispensing vehicle**
  • Pie Faced, Mobile food dispensing vehicle
  • Samuels Roadhouse, 114 John King Rd, Crestview
  • Spork, Mobile food dispensing vehicle
  • Task Force Pizza, 1296 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview**
  • The Baymont Inn & Suites, 480 E Miracle Strip Pkwy, Mary Esther
  • The Jdc Group Unlimited LLC, Mobile food dispensing vehicle

** Restaurants that failed an inspection and aced a follow-up inspection in the same week

Which Okaloosa County restaurants had high priority violations?

Mobile food dispensing vehicle

Routine Inspection on May 1

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

5 total violations, with 3 high-priority violations

  • High Priority – Establishment operating with no potable running water. No potable water at time of inspection. Employees stated water pump needs a replacement part. Operator fixed pump during inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • High Priority – Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage – direct contact with food. Raw beef in reach in cooler stored in grocery bag.
  • High Priority – Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. At Make Bar: Sliced Tomato 61F/60F, Shredded Lettuce 48F/51F, Chorizo 52F/51F, At reach in cooler: Beef 72F/62F, Chicken 60F/57F, Raw Beef 68F/69F. Operator stated all foods have been held about 3 hours. Inspector instructed operator to ice food items to rapidly chill. **Warning**

What agency inspects restaurants in Florida?

Routine regulation and inspection of restaurants is conducted by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Department of Health is responsible for investigation and control of food-borne illness outbreaks associated with all food establishments.

How do I report a dirty restaurant in Florida?

If you see abuses 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.

Get the whole story at our restaurant inspection database.

What does all that terminology in Florida restaurant inspections mean?

Basic violations are those considered against best practices.

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

An administrative complaint is a form of legal action taken by the division. Insufficient compliance after a warning, a pattern of repeat violations or existence of serious conditions that warrant immediate action may result in the division initiating an administrative complaint against the establishment. Says the division website: “Correcting the violations is important, but penalties may still result from violations corrected after the warning time was over.”

An emergency order — when a restaurant is closed by the inspector — is based on an immediate threat to the public. Here, the Division of Hotels and Restaurants director has determined that the establishment must stop doing business and any division license is suspended to protect health, safety or welfare of the public.

A 24-hour call-back inspection will be performed after an emergency closure or suspension of license.

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