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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?
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
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
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
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
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:
- Alabama Biscuit – 98
- Overtime Bar and Grill – 98
- Debs Hot Dogs – 99
- City Meats and Vegetables – 99
- Mercedes of Birmingham – 100
- Lumbar – 95
- Revelator Coffee – Mountain Brook – 99
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.”