HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Business is about to pick up for many restaurants along the Grand Strand as the peak tourism season quickly approaches.
Some restaurants say they are making sure operations run smoothly, especially when the state health department makes a visit.
This week, WMBF News found at least six restaurants that earned a grade of 95 or higher.
Clucky's Chicken and Fish, located at 201 N. Kings Hwy., in Myrtle Beach is under new management. The owner said he took over the restaurant two months ago.
A health inspector with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control made a visit this week, and observed mashed potatoes in the walk-in cooler, covered in Saran wrap.
The inspection report stated the violation was corrected immediately.
However, there was a broken handle on a reach-in cooler, as well as dust being seen on the ceiling vents and the adjacent ceiling in the prep area.
The restaurant earned an overall score of 96.
Then there is 3 Brothers BBQ, which hopes to open back up for Memorial Day. However, the health inspector still wanted to make sure the business was operating under state health guidelines.
The restaurant earned a score of 99.
The inspection report stated items in bulk containers were not in the original containers and were not labeled.
Mediterranean Café, at 6104 Frontage Road in Myrtle Beach, also earned an overall score of 99.
The health inspector observed single serving to-go plates stored in the wait station were not stored inverted.
At the Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse at 2920 Hollywood Drive, the inspector observed sushi rice was held cold, but there was no variance filed with the department. The violation was not corrected during the inspection.
The inspection also stated plates and cups without handles were used as scoops on sauce and in pasta salad, and were stored in the food product.
According to the report, the restaurant earned an overall score of 95.
The Melting Pot Restaurant in Myrtle Beach was just two points shy of earning a perfect score.
According to the inspection report, the inspector observed two chemical bottles stored under the sink in the kitchen were not labeled with a proper name.
This was corrected during the inspection, but the minor violation earned The Melting Pot an overall score of 98.
The 39th Avenue Bar and Grill in North Myrtle Beach was cited for several violations.
The inspector stated in the report they observed grease and debris on the exterior of the cooking equipment, as well as the cook line.
The floor in the bar area needed repair, and the report also stated the inspector observed fish thawing in a stainless steel container in the hand sink, which is used for hand washing. This priority violation that was corrected immediately.
The inspector also observed the facility did not follow the package label instructions for thawing salmon.
The restaurant earned an overall score of 89, which is a low "A" rating on DHEC's scale.
Margarita's Mexican Restaurant earned an overall score of 91.
The inspection report found mildew on the ice machine chute, and food stored in the walk-in cooler was not at the proper temperature.
The inspector observed the pipe under the kitchen sink was leaking.
Then there was Godfather's Pizza on South Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, earned a perfect 100 score.