Costa’s, Automatic Seafood, Delta Blues Hot Tamales received 95 and above food service scores in October

Costa’s Famous BBQ on Lakeshore Parkway. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area food service establishments, including Delta Blues Tamales at Cobb Lane, Costas BBQ on Lakeshore Parkway, Gilchrist in Mountain Brook and Automatic Seafood in the Lakeview District received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in October 2019.

As a public service, Bham Now publishes monthly Jefferson County Department of Health restaurant inspection scores and profiles local establishments that received A+ scores in the past month.

How are the inspections conducted?

Birmingham, Jefferson County Department of Health
Jefferson County Department of Health.

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 October 1st.


Here are our featured establishments for this month.

Delta Blues Hot Tamales – 95

Delta Blues Hot Tamales at Cobb Lane. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

If you are looking for something very unique in Birmingham hop on over to Cobb Lane in Five Points South and try Delta Blues Hot Tamales. Tucked away alongside a cobblestone street, Delta Blues offers 8 versions of tamales, tacos and yes – chicken, catfish and crawfish.

Costa’s Family BBQ – 95

It’s the  sauce! Costa’s Famous Barbecue  is a Birmingham original.  Founded more than 30 years in Huffman, the Homewood Lakeshore Parkway Express location scored an A+ last month on their health inspection. Learn more about this local treasure in the video below:


Automatic Seafood and Oysters – 95

Opened this Spring in Lakeview, Automatic Seafood has become a local favorite in the Magic City. A collaboration between Chef Adam Evans and Designer Suzanne Humphries Evans, Automatic Seafood offers a variety of seafood dishes, featuring fish primarily sourced from the Gulf of Mexico, oysters from waters along the Southern and Eastern coastlines.

Additional places scoring 95 and above:

Bravo Bar and Grill located on 3rd Avenue West. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Bravo Bar and Grill – 98
Home Plate Diner – 95
Red Lobster – Vestavia Hills – 95
Farm Bowl – 99
Brick and Tin Mountain Brook -97
Gilchrist – 96
IZ Cafe – 95


Gilchrist Mountain Brook
Gilchrist in Mountain Brook. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

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.”

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.