Lowcountry DHEC food grades: 15 restaurants get "C" grades in August, September


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

    Of those, 13 restaurants have since 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 October 2.

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

    No food serving establishments in Berkeley, Colleton, or Williamsburg counties received "C" grades from DHEC in August or September.

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

    • China Master of Citadel Mall
      2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston
      “C” grade, 89% score, Sept. 17 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 100%, Sept. 27
    • Church's Chicken
      3303 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston
      “C” grade, 98% score, Aug. 2 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 100%, Aug. 28
    • Elloree Truck Stop
      6642 Old Hwy 6, Elloree
      “C” grade, 96% score, Sept. 19 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 99%, Sept. 28
    • Fish Hut
      2671 Spruill Ave, North Charleston
      “C” grade, 74% score, Aug. 10 (REPORT)
      No follow up results posted as of Oct. 2
    • Harbor Breeze Restaurant
      176 Patriots Point Rd 101, Mount Pleasant
      “C” grade, 91% score, Aug. 16 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 98%, Aug. 20
    • Harborside Seafood & Italian
      815 Front St, Georgetown
      “C” grade, 70% score, Aug. 8 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 98%, Aug. 17
    • KC Mike's Smokin’ Restaurant
      81 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort
      “C” grade, 93% score, Aug. 31 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 100%, Sept. 19
    • Kickin' Chicken
      800 North Main Street, Summerville
      “C” grade, 95% score, Sept. 6 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 100%, Sept. 7
    • King Market
      571 King St, Charleston
      “C” grade, 100% score, Aug. 10 (REPORT)
      No follow-up results posted as of Oct. 2
    • Mamma's Cafe
      2029 Carver Avenue, North Charleston
      “C” grade, 98% score, Aug. 9 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 98%, Aug. 20
    • Papa John's Pizza
      610 Wesley Drive, Charleston
      “C” grade, 96% score, Aug. 16 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 100%, Aug. 27
    • Sbarro, Northwoods Mall
      2150 Northwoods Blvd, North Charleston
      “C” grade, 76% score, Aug. 9 (REPORT)
      “C” grade, 85% score, Aug. 16 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 97%, Aug. 23
    • Substation II
      7 Robert Smalls Pkwy, Beaufort
      “C” grade. 97% score, Aug. 10 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 100%, Aug. 20
    • Square Onion
      18-B Resolute Lane, Mount Pleasant
      “C” grade, 92% score, Aug. 29 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 96%, Aug. 30
    • United Quick Food Mart
      8640 Old State Road, Holly Hill
      “C” grade, 87% score, Sept. 6 (REPORT)
      Most recent: “A,” 99%, Sept. 20




    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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