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DHEC Food Grades: 13 Charleston-area restaurants get "C" in June inspections

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There are hundreds of restaurants and retail food stores in the Lowcountry . Of those, 13 restaurants received a grade of “C” from DHEC during June.

All but two of those restaurants have since seen their grades improve to "A" in follow-up inspections, according to DHEC. Follow-up inspection results for those two haven't been posted on DHEC's website.

Of the 13 restaurants, eight are located in Charleston County, one each in Berkeley, Colleton and Orangeburg counties, and two in Georgetown County.

No restaurants in Beaufort, Dorchester or Williamsburg counties were given "C" grades in June, according to DHEC.

RELATED | 11 Charleston-area restaurants get 'C' grades in May

Following is a list of the 13 Lowcountry food establishments that received a “C” in June. Overall scores and links to DHEC reports explaining the grades are provided for each.

  • Bluerose Cafe
    652 St Andrews Blvd., Charleston
    “C” grade, 91% score, June 19 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 95%, June 28
  • Buzz’s Roost
    917 Front St., Georgetown
    “C” grade, 70% score, June 19 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 100%, June 22
  • Cajun House
    214 Azalea Square #E, Summerville
    “C” grade, 96% score, June 8 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 96%, June 11
  • Cottages on Charleston Harbor
    16 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 98% score, June 25 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 98%, June 27
  • Elloree Truck Stop
    6643 Old Hwy. 6, Elloree
    “C” grade, 76% score, June 20 (REPORT)
    Most recent: "A," 99%, June 27
  • Harborside Seafood & Italian
    815 Front St., Georgetown
    "C" grade, 66% score, June 18 (REPORT)
    "C" grade, 91% score, June 19 (REPORT)
    "C" grade, 87% score, June 29 (REPORT)
    No follow-up results posted as of July 5
  • Kickin' Chicken
    1175 Folly Rd., Charleston
    “C” grade, 74% score, June 25 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 96%, June 26
  • King Market
    571 King St., Charleston
    “C” grade, 98% score, June 1 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 98%, June 8
  • La Retta's Pizzeria
    114-A Jungle Rd., Edisto Beach
    “C” grade, 92% score, June 4 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 99%, June 7
  • Mario's Pizza and Grill
    1300 Savannah Hwy., Charleston
    “C” grade, 74% score, June 6 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 100%, June 11
  • McDonald's
    7400 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
    “C” grade, 96% score, June 29 (REPORT)
    No follow-up results posted as of July 5
  • Quality Inn & Suites
    196 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 94% score, June 15 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 100%, June 19
  • Rutledge Cab Co.
    1300 Rutledge Ave., Charleston
    “C” grade, 95% score, June 20 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 100%, June 21

PAST GRADES

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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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