Restaurant Scorecard: Jan. 13

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Dining out is something many families love to do when it comes to the weekends, and each restaurant is required to undergo routine inspections of its kitchens and dining areas.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control inspects roughly 50 items. These items then add up to a 100 point checklist.  An "A" grade gets a score of 88 up to 100, a "B" is anything from 78 to 87, and the lowest grade is a "C", which is 70 to 77.

The 707 Diner sits along highway 707 in Myrtle Beach. Health inspectors visited the restaurant and they reportedly found one critical violation that resulted in 707 Diner closing down temporarily.

According to the report, inspectors found the diner didn't have any hot water because the water heater was broken. The restaurant owner, Bob Kamelaopoulos, says he tried fixing the issue as quick as possible.

"The tank was damaged. We had to wait a couple of days because they didn't have it to replace automatically." Inspectors returned later in the week to check on the repair. "Yes they came and I showed the machine is one, and everything is fine," says Kamelaopoulos.

The 707 Diner has since reopened. DHEC will follow up to check the other minor violations that inspection turned up. Some of those violations were not having a clean cutting board and not properly sanitizing their cleaning towels.

For now the restaurant will stay with a "B" rating.

[To view the health inspection report, click here (PDF)]

It was a very different story over at Hot Stacks Pancake House in North Myrtle Beach. DHEC gave this breakfast spot an "A" rating.

Jeanne Arbuso has been going to Hot Stacks for years, and she says she's not surprised at their high score.

"Very clean place. I've never seen anything that would make me stop coming," she added.

Another frequent diner, Bob Pool, says he knows exactly why Hot Stacks aced the health inspection.

"It's always been very good. Exceptional service. It's cleanliness and the food is tremendously good," he said.

[To view the health inspection report, click here (PDF)]

As per DHEC policy, all restaurants have time to correct any of the findings. Diners can find out how a restaurant did before eating because each establishment is required to have their score posted.

To see any follow up scores of these and other restaurants within our area, visit DHEC's website. From there, you can search for a specific restaurant name or restaurants within a specific area.

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