Wasabi Juan’s, Los Amigos, Ensley Seafood earn 95+ food service scores in July

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Los Amigos
Los Amigos in the Lakeview Business District. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area restaurants, including Wasabi Juan’s and Gus’s World Famous Chicken at The Battery in Birmingham, Los Amigos in the Lakeview Business District Neighborhood and Ensley Seafood on Ensley Boulevard received 95 and above on their food service scores in July 2021.

As a public service, since 2018, Bham Now has reported monthly Jefferson County Department of Health restaurant scores. In July, over 100 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.

Birmingham, Alabama, Gus's Fried Chicken, The Battery, macaroni and cheese
Gus’s three-piece fried chicken tender plate with mac ‘n’ cheese and slaw. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

In this story, we feature local restaurants that scored 95 and above.

Where Did We Get the Scores?

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

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: 

Los Amigos – 97

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

Who remembers Los Amigos at its old location next to the Piggly Wiggly on Clairmont? If you haven’t visited its new location in the heart of the Lakeview – please do. All the favorites are there and they still serve you an endless supply of chips and salsa.

Wasabi Juan’s – 97

Wasabi Juan's at The Battery
Wasabi Juan’s at the Battery. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now.

Hot tip. Whenever you visit Wasabi Juan’s at The Battery — choose a different item on the menu from your previous visit. Your taste buds will thank you. From their one of a kind sushi burritos to the 4:20 Nachos – you’ll love each and every item.

Additional 95 and above scores:

Hattie B's
Hattie B’s in the Lakeview Business District. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now
Koos Fish Market
Koos Fish Market and Deli on Center Point Parkway. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

JCDH Website

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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