Charleston DHEC Food Grades: 6 restaurants get a "C" in October


There are hundreds of restaurants and retail food stores in the Tri-County area, Of those, six Charleston County restaurantes received a grade of “C” from DHEC during October. All six saw their grades improve to "A" in follow-up inspections, according to DHEC.

No restaurants in Berkeley or Dorchester counties received a "C" from DHEC in October.

Following is a list of the six Charleston County food establishments that received a “C” in the last month. Overall scores and links to DHEC reports explaining the grades are provided for each.

RELATED | August & September food grades: 22 Tri-County restaurants get a "C" from DHEC

  • A-1 China Super Buffet, 975 Savannah Hwy., Charleston
    “C” grade, % score, Oct. 3 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Oct. 5.
  • Bamboo Asian & Sushi Bar, 604 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 73% score, Oct. 4 (REPORT)
    “C” grade, 95% score, Oct. 6 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Oct. 12.
  • Fish Hut, 2671 Spruill Ave., North Charleston
    “C” grade, 91% score, Oct. 4 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Oct. 10.
  • Old Village Post House, 101 Pitt St., Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 96% score, Oct. 5 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Oct. 6.
  • Road Runner, 5221 Hwy. 165, Hollywood
    “C” grade, 90% score, Oct. 10 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Oct. 25.
  • Sesame Burgers and Beer, 675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 97% score, Oct. 19 (REPORT)
    “C” grade, 97% score, Oct. 23 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” Oct. 25.

Outside the Tri-county, one restaurant in Georgetown County got a “C” in October. Clubhouse Pub & Grub in Pawleys Island got a “C” and a 95% score Oct. 30, but was upgraded to an “A” the next day on Oct. 31.

No restaurants in Beaufort, Colleton, Orangeburg or Williamsburg counties got a “C” from DHEC in October.



Retail Food Establishment Inspections are scored based on a 100 point scale. At the completion of the inspection, a letter grade is posted at each facility based on the calculated numerical score and the facility's past compliance history.

  • Grade A - The retail food establishment earned more than 87 points. Food safety practices appeared to meet the requirements of 61-25
  • Grade B - The retail food establishment earned 87-78 points. Food safety practices need improvement.
  • Grade C - The retail food establishment earned less than 78 points. Food safety practices need significant improvement.

There are circumstances and conditions outlined in state health code under which the letter grade posted at a facility may differ from the numerical score of the most recent inspection.

Each score is a snapshot in time based on how a retail food establishment handles the five major risk factors related to employee behaviors and preparation practices.

The five major risk factors are:

  • Food Contact Equipment Cleanliness - Did the inspector see build up on equipment that comes into contact with food?
  • Cooking Temperatures - Are foods being cooked or heated to temperatures within a safe range?
  • Employee Health - Does the facility have a plan in place to require employees who are sick to stay home?
  • Food Sources - Can the facility prove where all foods are coming from and are they coming from approved sources? (an exception would be raw, unprocessed produce from small farms, produce stands or farmers markets)
  • Food Holding Temperatures - Were the foods maintained at safe hot or cold holding temperatures?
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