Rojo, Cantina, Lucy’s and Rougaroux among neighborhood restaurants receiving their inspection scores in the past 30 days

Rojo Birmingham
Rojo Birmingham
Rojo owners Laney DeJonge and Clark Lopez

Several popular Birmingham neighborhood restaurants received their health inspection scores over the past 30 day, since Bham Now last reported scores in mid-May.

As part of a new public service, Bham Now  publishes monthly Jefferson County Department of Health restaurant inspection scores and profiles local places that were scored in the past few weeks.

This month, we are featuring Rojo, Cantina, Lucy’s Tea and Coffee and Rougaroux.

Lucy’s Coffee on University Boulevard

How are the inspections conducted?

According to the Jefferson County Department of Health, the agency, “regularly inspects establishments in Jefferson County where food is prepared or sold for human consumption. Two Type of inspections, scored and alternative (non-scored), are performed throughout the year.”

The food service inspection scores are updated regularly on the Jefferson County Department of Health website.

In this food service inspection edition,  the scores were  received after May 10th. Here are our featured locally based neighborhood restaurants for this month.

Rojo –  96
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If the weather’s nice, treat yourself to taco Tuesday on Rojo’s deck. (Thanks to Rojo for this pic)

Located in the heart of the Highland Park Neighborhood, Rojo is not only known for its great food and outdoor patio that overlooks iconic Rushton Park, it has also been recognized for its philanthropic work and community service. Earlier this year, they won the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s 2018 Restaurant Neighbor Award for the state of Alabama. In 2016, Rojo also helped raise over $26,000 for local non-profits.

Cantina Tortilla Grill – 95
Birmingham, Cantina Tortilla Grill, Cinco de Mayo
Photo via Cantina Tortilla Grill.

Cantina Tortilla Grill has been serving up made-fresh-daily Mexican food in a laid back, fun atmosphere for over 15 years. Located in the Martin Biscuit Building, Cantina’s menu items were lovingly crafted by their beloved founder Guillermo Castro who passed away in 2011. Today, the Castro brothers Jorge and Alex continue Guillermo’s legacy through his special recipes and the ever popular and charming Cantina Tortilla Grill.

Lucy’s Coffee and Tea – 97
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Lucy Bonds, owner of Lucy’s Coffee and Tea

For 25 years, Lucy’s Coffee and Tea has been “waking up” the world’s greatest doctors and medical researchers at UAB.  One of Birmingham’s original coffeehouses, Lucy’s also serves a delicious breakfast and lunch. More importantly, the place is warm and welcoming, a nice break from saving lives and the world!

Rougaroux – 95
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The former Pink House cafe turned Rougaroux is now serving up cajun dishes to Forest Park

One of Birmingham’s newest neighborhood restaurants, Rougaroux opened last year in the Forest Park Neighborhood. Who needs to travel 5 hours to New Orleans when you can eat authentic cajun poboys and gumbo in a home that was formerly known as the “Pink House.”  How good is Rougaroux? Check their YELP reviews.  A great addition to the neighborhood.

Of course this is just a sample of restaurants and food service establishments who received their health inspection score over the past month. Visit the Jefferson County Department of Health website daily to get the latest scores.

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