Rodney Scott’s, Ruby Sunshine Cafe, Todd English, received 95 and above food service scores in November

Birmingham, Alabama, Avondale, Rodney Scott's BBQ
Find Rodney Scott’s BBQ at the location of the former Saigon Noodle House in Avondale. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area food service establishments, including Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Avondale, Ruby Sunshine Cafe in Homewood, Uptown’s Todd English PUB and Lakeview’s Los Amigos received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in November 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 November 1st.

Here are our featured establishments for this month.

Ruby Sunshine Cafe – 97

Birmingham, Ruby Sunshine, breakfast, pancakes, food, brunch
Photo via Ruby Sunshine Instagram

Located in Homewood’s Edgewood Neighborhood, the Ruby Sunshine Cafe has become a favorite for early-risers and the “after church” crowd.  Opened this fall, the New Orlean’s style breakfast place has been a hit not only for Homewood residents, but folks throughout the metro area.

Los Amigos – 96

Main room in the new Los Amigos at the Lakeview Entertainment District. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The rebirth of Los Amigos is complete.  Back in the summer, the popular Mexican restaurant closed as a result of the Piggly Wiggly expansion on Clairmont Avenue. This fall, they re-appeared in the heart of the Lakeview District, opening a much larger space and beautiful bar area.

Bar at the Los Amigos. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

It’s great to have Los Amigos back… especially their free chips and salsa and margaritas.

Rodney Scott’s BBQ – 95

Birmingham, Alabama, Avondale, Rodney Scott's BBQ
Inside, Rodney Scott’s BBQ is light, bright and fun. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

It is hard to believe that Rodney Scott’s BBQ has been in Birmingham for less than a year. Chef Rodney Scott,  the James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast 2018 titleholder opened up his popular “whole hog” barbecue joint in February 2019.  It does look like Scott here to stay.  In November, he announced plans to open a 2nd store in Trussville.

Todd English P.U.B. – 95

Looking for classic pub food? Try Todd English P.U.B. (which stands for Public Urban Bar). We particularly enjoy their patio Pig Roasts in the summer and fall, along with their happy hour. Located in Uptown, near the BJCC and the future Protective Life stadium, Todd English is the perfect place to hang out before a concert or major sporting event.

Additional places scoring 95 and above:

The room upstairs at the Filter-Coffee Parlor. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Beef O’Brady’s in Hoover – 97
Brennan’s Irish Pub – 96
Daniel George Restaurant  – 96
Dyron’s Lowcountry – 96
Filter Coffee – 99
La Tias Paisa Taco Shop – 96

Real and Rosemary. Photo via Facebook.

Real & Rosemary – 96
Red Sea Ethiopian Mediterranean – 96
Urban Standard – 96
Wild Roast Cafe – 99

Urban Standard Birmingham Alabama
Urban Standard. 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.”

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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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