DHEC dishes out on three Myrtle Beach hot spots

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - You may have plans to shop at Tanger or head to Broadway at the Beach. Maybe you'll be in the airport for a trip out of town. If you're going to any of these places, you'll want to see what DHEC is dishing out about Famous Wok, King Kong Sushi and Nacho Hippo.

DHEC inspectors rolled up to King Kong Sushi at Broadway and wrapped up their visit with several critical violations.

Shrimp is a staple item for sushi restaurants. DHEC cited King Kong Sushi with a critical violation for shrimp thawing improperly and exceeding acceptable temperatures. Shrimp was found in the sink at 60-65 degrees, which DHEC considers the "danger zone."

The report was noted to correct a second violation. Employees made sure to properly label chemicals while DHEC was on site. Inspectors also pointed out some food was improperly stored - on the kitchen floor.

During the off-season you would expect this Grand Strand hotspot to be on their "A," game but DHEC scored King Kong Sushi a 79, a "B" rating.

Famous Wok, on Highway 17 in the Tanger Outlets, also got a "B" rating with a score of 84.

The report states the Chinese restaurant got a critical violation for roaches in the kitchen, a violation not corrected.

Inspectors addressed cleanliness with several violations for dirty food container lids, dirty soda machine nozzles and storing utensils in standing water.

A routine inspection was due at Nacho Hippo in Myrtle Beach Airport but this spot passed the DHEC test with flying colors, an "A" rating.

Four points shy of a perfect score, Nacho Hippo received three violations for dirty floors in a few places, including the walk in cooler. The report also noted a build-up of debris in the ice bin.

I reached out to all three restaurants and did not get a comment.

Each of these restaurants are given time to correct the violations and improve their score.

King Kong Sushi, Famous Wok and Nacho Hippo at MYR can expect to see inspectors again soon, but will they see you?

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