Paw Paw Patch, Dave’s Pizza among establishments receiving 95 and above Food Service scores in January

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Dave’s Pizza in Homewood. Photo via Dave’s Pizza

Several popular Birmingham area  restaurants, including popular places such as Paw Paw Patch on Green Springs and Dave’s Pizza in Homewood received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

As a 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 and a favorite pizza joints.

How are the inspections conducted?

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Jefferson County Department of Health.

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 January 10th. Here are our featured restaurants for this month.

Black Market Bar & Grill – 97

Kudos to the second location of Black Market Bar and Grill at 5 Points South that scored the 97. Located in the heart of 5 Points – the motto of the eclectic place across from the fountain is our motto of “Fantastic Food, Cold Drinks & Evil Bartenders.”

Paw Paw Patch – 96

Photo of meal at Paw Paw Patch from Yelp.

One of Birmingham’s legendary “meat and three” restaurants, the Paw Paw Patch was originally an ice cream shop called the Dairy Snack in 1965. In 1985, the Melton family transformed the place into a full-service restaurant. 33 years later Paw Paw Patch continues to serve great southern food.

Dave’s Pizza – 96

Dave’s Pizza, Homewood, AL. Photo Courtesy of birminghamlunchclub.

A mainstay since the 90s (they turned 25 years last year) Dave’s Pizza,  is nestled near Homewood’s charming SoHo Square. Their gourmet pizzas are one of a kind, and their space is great for parties and gatherings of friends and families, with a little Elvis thrown in.

New York Pizza – 96

New York Pizza in the Edgewood Neighborhood of Homewood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Located in the heart of the Edgewood Neighborhood business district, New York Pizza opened its doors in 1982.  Fun fact. According to the New York Pizza, the ovens used at the restaurant over the past 30 years, are vintage 1958 Baker’s Pride ovens  that came out of an authentic pizzeria in New York’s Little Italy. This also the 2nd Health Department 96 score in the past 6 months. Way to go New York Pizza!

Little Italy’s Pizza & Pints – 95

Photo from Little Italy Pizza and Pints Facebook page

Located next door to Surin West at 5 Points South, Little Italy is part of the entertainment renaissance that has been occurring in the neighborhood.  Along with authentic pizzas, Little Italy has an Open Mic night on Wednesdays and musicians playing almost nightly.


Once again, visit Jefferson County Department of Health’s Food Service website for the latest scores.  These food service inspections are invaluable and help keep us all safe. It is our “right to know.”

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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.
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