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National restaurants top recent DHEC reports

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Grand Strand is home to several national restaurant chains, and this week, at least three of them got a visit from DHEC inspectors. We're breaking down their scores along with one other local restaurant.

First up is Rockefellers Raw Bar at 3613 Hwy 17 in North Myrtle Beach. They scored a 79, which earns them a "B" letter grade. Inspectors found flies, and pest control was called. They also found a cooler holding at 52 degrees, which is too warm to store foods that need to stay cold. Leaving the items more prone to have bacteria, with the risk doubling every 15 minutes it remains at that temperature. So inspectors moved the food to a different cooler for storage.

Jeff Vallancey with Rockefellers Raw Bar contacted WMBF News about their DHEC score. He says their "B" rating results from violations found within the restaurant, having nothing to do with the food.

He says DHEC inspected them right after the Fourth of July, their busiest day of the year. DHEC is scheduled to return Monday for a follow-up inspection, Vallancey says.

Though this is the first B his restaurant has ever received, Vallancey assures that every violation cited in the report has been fixed. Rockefellers Raw Bar has been operational for 16 years.

Up next is a popular restaurant chain, Cracker Barrel. This is the 1208 North Retail Court location in Myrtle Beach.

Inspectors also found foods held at improper temperatures at this restaurant, in addition to dirty food contact surfaces, such as pots and pans, cutting boards and eating utensils.

The restaurant also lost points for not labeling foods that cannot be easily identified. Such as sugar, flour, oil and syrup.

Inspectors gave the Cracker Barrel restaurant an 88, which is an "A" letter grade.

Two more nationwide chains scored really well in their recent inspections.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries, located at 1772 Pine Island Road in Myrtle Beach was just two points short of a perfect score. Inspectors only suggested they clean some of the kitchen equipment more thoroughly.

Papa John's Pizza at 104 South Kings Highway in North Myrtle Beach scored a 99.

Remember, you can find out how a restaurant did before you eat. Each establishment is required to have their score posted. If you don't see it, just ask. 

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