Saturn, Ono Poké, Casual Pint earn 95+ food service scores in August

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Saturn/Satellite Bar and Cafe in Avondale Entertainment District. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area restaurants, including Ashley Mac‘s, Ono Poké and J Wings at the Pizitz Food Hall,  Saturn/Satellite in Avondale and Casual Pint  at The Grove in Hoover received 95 and above on their food service scores in August 2021.

Food Service Scores

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

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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: 

Ashley Mac’s (Pizitz Location) – 97

Ashley Mac's Holiday Bundle
Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

This is the second time in 2021 Ashley Mac’s has scored an A+ from the Jefferson County Department of health. Earlier this year the homestyle food restaurant made the honor roll at their Cahaba Heights location. In August, they did it again at their Pizitz Food Hall site..

Ono Poké – 97

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Ono Poké is always a hit! Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Another Pizitz Food Hall eatery, Ono Poké is one of my favorites.  Always served fast and with fresh ingredients, everytime I eat at Ono Poké, it reminds me of the first time I had a Poké bowl in Seattle, Washington.

Casual Pint – 100

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Perfect pub food at The Casual Pint. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

I remember writing the “sneak peek” story about Casual Pint almost exactly 3 years ago (they opened Sept. 2019). Love their food and beer.It truly is Hoover’s version of Cheers..

Additional 95 and above scores:

Saturn/Satellite  – 98

J Wings – 98

J+C Seafood – 97

Home Plate Diner – 97

Great Harvest – Trussville – 95

Farmstand at Pepper Place – 100

Hello Market – 96

Tasty Wings – 99

Wings and Stuff  – 95

Learn More

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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