Lowcountry DHEC food grades: 6 restaurants get "C" grades in July

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

All of those restaurants have since seen their grades improve to "A" in follow-up inspections, according to DHEC.

Of the six restaurants, five are located in Charleston County, and one in Dorchester County.

No food serving establishments in Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Georgetown, Orangeburg or Williamsburg counties received "C" grades from DHEC in July.

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

  • Church's Chicken
    3303 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston
    “C” grade, 98% score, July 26 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 100%, Aug. 28
  • Dragon House
    975 Bacons Bridge Road, Summerville
    “C” grade, 91% score, July 26 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 100%, July 27
  • Folly Beach Crab Shack
    26 Center St, Folly Beach
    “C” grade, 94%, July 10 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 99%, July 12
  • Ichibon Steak House
    1716 Old Towne Road, Charleston
    “C” grade, 74% score, July 24 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 100%, July 27
  • Li'l Cricket
    1029 Harbor View Road, Charleston
    “C” grade, 97% score, July 20 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 100%, July 20
  • Senor Tequila
    612 Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant
    “C” grade, 87% score, July 26 (REPORT)
    Most recent: “A,” 100%, July 30




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?