MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An inspector with the Department of Health and Environmental Control gave Fiesta Mexicana a 'B' rating after a recent routine inspection.
"Everyone is really friendly. The atmosphere is great," said Myrtle Beach local Desiree Zupo about the Mexican restaurant that sits along 17 Bypass. Zupo was surprised to learn about the 10 violations Fiesta was cited for during a recent routine inspection. "Well, it does make me second guess whether or not we'll come back."
According to the report, the inspector cited a critical violation for food being held at improper temperatures which can create a health hazard.
"One of the most important parts of a restaurant is making sure that quality of food that comes out of your kitchen is top notch," said another frequent diner, Doan Widenhouse.
Stuffed chillies were ordered to be thrown out on the spot because the beef was below the required safe temperature. Chicken being prepped and fish thawing out were both placed inside of a cooler because they were each reportedly found above the required temperature.
Fiesta was cited for a second critical violation for improperly labeling a chemical substance. The report goes on to show other cleaning violations and ordered Fiesta to clean the hand sink, ventilator hood, and cutting boards and to fix how the ice scoop and wet cleaning rags are stored.
"I hope they get it together because it's a good restaurant," added Widenhouse.
A DHEC inspector returned for a follow up inspection and Fiesta Mexicana has since been bumped up to an 'A' rating.
Chick-fil-A in Coastal Grand Mall has an 'A' rating. The busy chicken spot received a 97 on its latest routine inspection.
The report shows the inspector found two violations. The inspector reportedly found an open drink belonging to an employee near a food prep station. DHEC classifies this as a hygiene issue, and the inspector noted a second violation for issues with plumbing and ordered Chick-fil-A to fix the leaks.