O’Carr’s, Hot & Hot Fish Club and Gianmarcos among restaurants receiving 95 and above inspection scores this past month

Birmingham Alabama
Birmingham Alabama
Entrance to Hot & Hot fish Club. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several popular Birmingham neighborhood restaurants, including Hot & Hot Fish Club and O’Carr’s received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

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 popular restaurants OCarrs, Hot & Hot Fish, Gianmarcos and Mason Dixon.

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 June 10th. Here are our featured locally based neighborhood restaurants for this month.

O’Carr’s – 95
O'Carrs Staff Birmingham Alabama
O’Carrs staff. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

This month, the Health Department scored  O’Carr’s Deli in Homewood a 95. The O’Carr’s Homewood location is the original  location for an institution that has served Homewood and Birmingham for 45 years. Great food, great people, check out Bham Now’s 2017 story about O’Carr’s Cameron and June Carr and the opening of their downtown Birmingham location in the theater district.

Hot & Hot Fish Club -96

Another Birmingham original, Chris Hastings Hot and Hot Fish Club has been mainstay on Historic Highland Avenue for two decades. Hastings was awarded in 2012 the  James Beard Awards as Best Chef in the South. He also won the Food Network’s Iron Chef competition that same year.

Gianmarcos – 96

Established in 2003, Gianmarco’s is  family owned and operated by Giovanni, Giani & Marco Respinto. This team of father and sons has been dedicated to the culinary arts in the Birmingham area for decades. Located off Broadway in Homewood, the neighborhood atmosphere, along with the authentic Italian dishes makes Gianmarco’s a truly unique and memorable experience.

Mason Dixon Bakery and Bistro – 97
Birmingham Alabama
Mason Dixon cupcakes – Photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Looking for a gluten-free option? Mason Dixon opened last year, garnering rave reviews, especially from people seeking  food without gluten. More than a bakery, the food is fantastic, and locally sourced.

Additional scores

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.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.