DHEC Food Grades: April sees 8 Charleston-area restaurants get 'C' grades


There are hundreds of restaurants and retail food stores in the Tri-County area, Of those, eight restaurants received a grade of “C” from DHEC during April.

Four of those restaurants have since seen their grades improve to "A" in follow-up inspections, according to DHEC. Follow-up inspection results for the other four haven't been posted.

Five of the restaurants are located in Charleston County. two are located in Berkley County, and one is in Dorchester County.

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Following is a list of the eight Lowcountry food establishments that received a “C” in April. Overall scores and links to DHEC reports explaining the grades are provided for each.

  • Craftsman Kitchen & Tap House
    12 Cumberland St., Charleston
    “C” grade, 92% score, April 5 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” 99%, April 6

  • Great Wall
    1909 N. Hwy. 17, Mt. Pleasant
    “C” grade, 72% score, April 3 (REPORT)
    “C” grade, 80% score, April 10 (REPORT)
    No follow-up results posted as of May 1

  • JD's Market
    614 Rutledge Ave., Charleston
    “C” grade, 95% score, April 23 (REPORT)
    No follow-up results posted as of May 1

  • Smoky Oak Tap Room
    1234 Camp Rd., Charleston
    “C” grade, 89% score, April 5 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” 100%, April 11

  • Steel City Pizza Co.
    1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
    “C” grade, 99% score, April 16 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” 99%, April 19

  • Dunkin Donuts #346710
    216 St James Ave., Goose Creek
    “C” grade, 95% score, April 24 (REPORT)
    No follow-up results posted as of May 1

  • Red & White Grocery
    1531 Old Hwy. 6, Cross
    “C” grade, 98% score, April 3 (REPORT)
    No follow-up results posted as of May 1

  • Margaritas
    223 North Main St., Summerville
    “C” grade, 97% score, April 16 (REPORT)
    Most recent grade: “A,” 100%, April 17

No restaurants in Beaufort, Colleton, Georgetown, Orangeburg or Williamsburg counties received a "C" grade in April.



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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