DHEC visits popular downtown buffet

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Mammy's Kitchen in downtown Myrtle Beach has been around since 1953.

Walter Mack has been a Myrtle Beach resident for 63 years and he made his trip to the buffet spot for the first time Friday morning.

"I've never eaten there, so we took a brief walk on the beach this morning, and worked up an appetite. They satisfied it pretty well," said Mack.

Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) also visited Mammy's Kitchen for a routine inspection. The report shows the restaurant was cited for two critical violations.

One critical violation came for having a broken dishwasher. The other critical violation came after the inspector reportedly observed an employee improperly washing his/her hands.

Mack says he hopes these problems are fixed. "It could be corrected rather easily. The mechanical, I understand that. The employee washing his hands, that's a personal problem that needs to be corrected and I'm sure they will."

View the full DHEC inspection report for Mammy's Kitchen PDF.doc

According to Mammy's manager, they've taken care of these problems along with all the other issue the inspector noted. The reports shows the inspector found four regular violations. The inspector noted problems with the ceiling and floor that require repair work. Mack says he didn't notice any issues.

"As far as the establishment is concerned, it looked very good."

Two other violations came for improperly labeling food and for using the wrong kind of sanitizing solution. Mammy's Kitchen scored an 88, the lowest 'A' rating on DHEC's scale. DHEC will return for a follow up inspection. Mack says he and his wife will also return, but for another round at the buffet.

Lil Taste of Rhody on Socastee Blvd is new to town. A DHEC inspector stopped by for a routine inspection this week and found two violations.

DHEC's report shows one violation for not having a thermometer to check the food's temperature. The inspector also noted one of the restaurant's sinks needs to be sealed. Lil Taste of Rhody scored a 97, an 'A' rating.

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