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Several Birmingham area restaurants, including popular “joints” such as Al’s Deli and Grill in 5 Points/UAB area, Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint in the Lakeview District and Fat Mama’s Lunchbox in Woodlawn 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.
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 February 10th. Here are our featured restaurants for this month.
Mark’s Joint – 97
Mark Snyder, who helped establish Urban Cookhouse in 2010, launched his namesake restaurant, last year, Mark’s Joint, in the former original Urban Cookhouse location at 2846 18th Street South in Homewood, Alabama. Yes, there is the classic barbecue items but Mark’s Joint menu is expansive with chicken salad sandwiches, seared ahi sliders, grilled cheese and even some Tex-Mex thrown in.
Beer and burgers. That pretty much sums up Jack Brown’s menu. There is something to be said about concentrating on doing one thing right. The burgers are out of this world and addictive. And the beer? Drink over 100 different kinds beers and join their Notch Club.
The folks at Jack Brown’s also have little fun in the Lakeview Entertainment District too.
Looking for a 24/7 hangout? Al’s Deli and Grill adjacent to the UAB campus has been a mainstay for students and UAB Hospital employees since 1999. Al’s has a full mediterranean menu, plus burgers and stuffed loaded potatoes. Hot tip… the omelettes.
Fat Mama’s Lunch Box – 99
Perhaps more known for it’s food truck, Fat Mama’s has a “joint” at 5422 1st Ave. North in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Pick-up a breakfast in the morning or get the audacious Fat Mama’s Burger for lunch. You can’t go wrong, whatever you choose. The place is right across from the Family Dollar on 1st Avenue North. Say hello to Reggie Cook, the owner, and ask him about the Birmingham Iron. He is a big fan.
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.”