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DHEC Food Grades: 15 Charleston-area restaurants get "C" grades for October, November

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There are hundreds of restaurants and retail food stores in the Lowcountry. Of those, 15 received a grade of “C” from DHEC during October and November combined.

Thirteen of those establishments have seen their grades improve to "A" in follow-up inspections, according to DHEC.

Follow-up inspection results for two businesses haven't been posted on DHEC's website as of December 3.

Of the 15 restaurants to receive a "C," nine are located in Charleston County, two are in Colleton County, two are in Georgetown County, one is in Orangeburg County, and one is in Berkeley County.

No food serving stores in Dorchester, Beaufort or Williamsburg counties received "C" grades from DHEC in October or November.

RELATED | 15 restaurants get "C" grades in August, September

Following is a list of the 15 Lowcountry establishments that received a “C” in the last two months. Overall scores and links to DHEC reports explaining the grades are provided for each.

  • Baguette Magic
    792-A Folly Road, Charleston
    “C” grade, 96% score, Oct. 4 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 100%, Oct. 12
  • Black Magic Coffee Shop
    103 W Erie Ave, Folly Beach
    “C” grade, 94% score, Oct. 10 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 96%, Oct. 12
  • Breck's
    8510 Rivers Ave, North Charleston
    “C” grade, 76% score, Oct. 29 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 96%, Nov. 1
  • China Buffet
    2056 Bells Hwy, Walterboro
    “C” grade, 75% score, Oct. 30 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 100%, Nov. 2
  • Circle K
    1802 South Island Rd, Georgetown
    “C” grade, 94% score, Oct. 26 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 98%, Nov. 2
  • Dunkin Donuts
    840-B Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 98% score, Oct. 12 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 98%, Oct. 22
  • Hotel Indigo
    250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 88% score, Nov. 8 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 100%, Nov. 9
  • Locals Bar
    1150-B Queensborough Blvd, Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 96% score, Oct. 4 (REPORT)
    “C” grade, 96% score, Oct. 8 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 98%, Oct. 10
  • Lone Star BBQ
    2212 State Park Rd, Santee
    “C” grade, 74% score, Oct. 19 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 94%, Oct. 26
  • Pringletown Quick Stop
    1088 Old Gilliard Rd., Ridgeville
    “C” grade, 89 score, Nov. 16 (REPORT)
    “C” grade, 97 score, Nov. 27 (REPORT)
    No follow-up inspection results posted as of Dec. 3
  • Snapper Jacks
    10 Center Street, Folly Beach
    “C” grade, 97% score, Oct. 22 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 100%, Oct. 23
  • St. James Gate
    11 Center Street, Folly Beach
    “C” grade, 88% score, Oct. 10 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 100%, Oct. 12
  • Stop And Shop
    772 Hwy 521, Andrews
    “A” grade, 97% score, Nov. 29 (REPORT)
    No follow-up inspection results posted as of Dec. 3
  • Subway
    775 Bells Hwy, Walterboro
    “C” grade, 97% score, Nov. 5 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 100%, Nov. 15
  • Vickery's Shrimp Boat Lane
    1313 Shrimp Boat Lane, Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 71% score, Oct. 29 (REPORT)
    Latest inspection: “A,” 100%, Oct. 31


PAST GRADES
6 restaurants get "C" grades in July
13 Charleston-area restaurants get "C" in June inspections

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ABOUT DHEC's FOOD GRADES

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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