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Several Birmingham area restaurants including Tortugas in the Parkside District, Mr. Chen’s Authentic Chinese on Green Spring Avenue, and Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurant in downtown Birmingham received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in December 2020.
As a public service, since 2018, Bham Now has reported monthly Jefferson County Department of Health restaurant scores. In December, over 200 local establishments that handle and serve food were inspected by the health department. These places include: restaurants, schools, nursing homes, daycare centers, hospitals, grocery stores and concession stands.
In this story we feature local restaurants that scored 95 and above.
Where Did We Get the Scores?
Food service inspection scores are updated regularly on the Jefferson County Department of Health website. The database is easy to access and it goes back several years.We estimate approximately 10-15% of the restaurant inspections score 95 or above, while most local school cafeterias, for example tend to score 95 or above.
Who made the local restaurant honor roll this month? Here are some notable local establishments:
Tortugas Pizza – Regions Field- 100
My older brother has lived in Chicago for over 35 years. He introduced me to Chicago-style pizza. It is one of those “bucket list” items to do while visiting the Windy City. Well, as a Chicago-style pizza connoisseur, let me assure you, Tortugas meets and exceeds the versions I’ve tasted in and around Chi-Town.
I love how Bham Now’s Hannah Chambley Williams described Cayo Coco in a story previewing the hot new bar/restaurant:
“Cayo Coco, named after the popular island off the coast of central Cuba, will transport patrons to a new era: 1930s-40s Cuba. The inside is transformative with teal walls, rustic mirrors and brass accents—guaranteed to wow any visitor who wanders in.”
The food, drinks and atmosphere. Cayo Coco has it all. An incredible experience.
Mr. Chen’s is one of my favorite places for a meal in the Birmingham/Green Springs corridor. The food is fantastic, but I’ve got to say I love exploring the Hometown Supermarket afterwards. It is eye-opening and fun.
Additional 95 and above scores:
Another Broken Egg – 95
Back 40 Brewery – 98
Masaman Thai Kitchen – 97
Mom’s Basement – 100
Rusty’s BBQ – 98
Troup’s Pizza – 95
Right to Know
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.