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After a six month absence, we are back to reporting “95 and above food service scores” at Bham Now.
In this edition, several Birmingham area food service establishments, including Rusty’s Bar-B-Q in Leeds, Pasquale’s Pizza in Gardendale and the new Santos Coffee in Hoover received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in July and August 2020..
Since 2018, we have regularly reported as a public service, monthly Jefferson County Department of Health restaurant inspection scores and written profiles featuring local establishments that received A+ scores.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, there are fewer inspections, and over the past two months most of the restaurants that received scores were outside the Birmingham city limits.
How are the inspections conducted?
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 between July to August 2020.
Here are our featured establishments.
Looking for a nationally recognized BBQ and burger joint in the Birmingham area? Make your way on over to Rusty’s over in Leeds. Both Southern Living magazine and the national digital publication Thrillist have recognized this Rusty’s for their barbeque, sauce and towering burgers.
Remember when Pasquale’s was a national chain based right here in Birmingham? According to Bhamwiki, at its height the company had 244 restaurants in 1977. The restaurant in Gardendale has been around since the 70s and continues to be a mainstay in the community.
I like how Bham Now producer Patience Itson recently described Santos Coffee in a guide about iced coffee.
“Providing that crop-to-cup experience, Santos Coffee is one of my personal favorites. This summer, they are wowing me with their iced lattes. Their latest creation—the iced basil lavender latte. Yes, it’s just as soul soothing as it sounds.”
If you live in Mountain Brook and surrounding communities, who hasn’t dropped in on Mountain Brook Creamery for a scoop of ice cream. Even with COVID-19 restrictions, it is still a special place to pickup a cone or a shake and stroll around peeking inside the windows around Mountain Brook Village.
Chocolate Biscuit – 99
Old Smoky BBQ in Leeds – 100
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.”