Restaurant Scorecard: An 'A' may not be what you think

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's the off-season, which means you may finally be heading to the heart of Myrtle Beach to eat. WMBF News stopped in the same downtown restaurants the Department of Health did. Each of them scored an A, but that doesn't always mean a perfect score.

An "A" score can range from an 88 to 100, which means a restaurant's sanitation and food safety practices appeared to be in the 'acceptable to very good' range, according to the Department of Health.

The first restaurant we visited, Boardwalk Coffee House, brewed up a nearly perfect score.

Once Diana Saunders and her family moved to Conway, they were hooked on coffee at this cafe, but that's not all they take the trip for.

"Sandwiches, soups - I've had their different soups and things, all kinds of drinks, ice cream," said Saunders. "Great healthy alternatives too, smoothies, protein smoothies and fruit."

And the reason DHEC dropped in, to make sure the restaurant is clean.

"Those are important things," said Saunders. "They really are important things, it's clean it's welcoming"

That's why it scored a 97.

Another "A" was handed out to Thai Cuisine, also in Myrtle Beach. This restaurant, however, scored an 88.

One of the issues DHEC noted on its report included raw chicken on top of vegetables in the walk-in. When the restaurant was approached about that chicken, DHEC noted, the employee said she only cooked it a little.

The inspector also said rice noodles were stored under the sink in a bucket, during dish washing. These two issues were corrected during the inspection.

The restaurant also has a consecutive violation, for improperly washing the dishes.

I asked the chef, how Thai Cuisine is going to fix this problem.

"They help me clean everything, the sink clean, everything clear, everything," said Chef Jitladda Mingkao. "No dirty, clean everything."

View the complete inspection reports in PDF format for each of this week's restaurants by clicking the links below:

Black Thai:

Boardwalk Coffee House:

Capriccio's of SC:

http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmbf/pdf/RSC/Cappricio's%20of%20SC%20Routine%200115.pdf

Firehouse Subs:

Thai Cuisine:

Wok Express:

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