Gatos and Beans, Casual Pint, Gus’s Hot Dogs received 95 and above food service scores in Sept.

Mural at Gatos and Beans. Photo by Bham Now

Several Birmingham area food service establishments including Chez fonfon in Five Points South, Hoover’s Casual Pint and the legendary Gus’s Hot Dogs in downtown Birmingham received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in September 2020.

As a public service, since 2018, Bham Now has reported monthly Jefferson County Department of Health restaurant scores. 

See who made the honor roll this month.

How are the inspections conducted?

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Jefferson County Department of Health. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

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 in September 2020.

Here are our featured establishments.

Gatos and Beans – 99

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Bham Now content producer Irene Richardson. Photo via Bham Now

Birmingham is the proud home of Alabama’s first and we still believe ONLY cat cafe. Part adoption center, cat therapy haven, a coffee shop and more . Located in the Avondale neighborhood Gatos and Beans is a cat lovers dream.

Chez Fonfon – 98

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Chez Fonfon burger. Photo by Pat Byington.

Frank and Pardis Stitt’s legendary Five Points South restaurant was established in 2000.  A casual French Bistro, Chez Fonfon is a less formal alternative to its neighbor James Beard winner- Highlands Bar & Grill.  Btw – the hamburger has been named best in Alabama.

Gus’s Hot Dogs – 95

L.A., Gus’s Hot Dogs grill chef. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Recognized for having one of the 35 Best Hot Dogs in America by The Daily Meal, Gus Hot Dogs is “A tiny little hot dog stand with history that treats everybody with kindness.”  Established in 1947, the small hot dog joint (they also sell killer burgers) deserves all the recognition it gets.

Casual Pint – 98

The Casual Pint owner Scott Huskin in Hoover, September 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Opened a year ago at The Grove in Hoover, the Casual Pint is like “Cheers” with craft beer. Home to 200-300 kinds of beers, the Casual Pint also has Birmingham’s 2nd  “crowler”. What is that? It is a machine that “cans” your favorite beer (32 ounces) to take outside the location. Btw – the food is great too.

Additional 95 and above scores:

City Meats and Vegetables in Woodlawn at 5535 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35212. Photo by Pat Byington for. Bham Now
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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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