Todd English, Black Market Bar + Grill, Roadside BBQ earn 95+ food service scores

East Lake
Roadside Bar-B-Que in East Lake on 1st Ave. North and 73rd Street scored a 95 on their latest health department inspection. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area restaurants, including Todd English in the Uptown Entertainment District, Black Market Grill at the Colonnade and Roadside BBQ in the East Lake Neighborhood received 95 and above on their food service scores in Mid-October to Mid-November 2021.

Food Service Scores

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

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

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:

Todd English P.U.B. – Public Urban Bar. – 97 

Todd's English Pub
These tasty sliders are a perfect pub food snack. Photo via Todd’s English Pub

It’s hard to believe Todd English P.U.B. opened in Uptown in February 2013. They were pioneers back then. It was worth the wait. Now, the popular eatery has Protective Stadium and a newly refurbished state of the art Legacy Arena as its neighbors.

Roadside Bar-B-Q in East Lake – 95

East Lake
Roadside Bar-B-Que in East Lake. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

If you are ever traveling down 1st Avenue North through East Lake looking for lunch, stop by Roadside. Sometimes you just need to roll down the window and follow the smell of BBQ on the grill on the street corner. 

A neighborhood favorite.

Black Market Bar and Grill – 280 Location –  99

Have you met Black Market’s “Evil Bartenders”? Here you go! A Birmingham original since 2009 — I highly recommend the burgers. And yes – they are one of a kind – like the Disgraceland burger (peanut butter and jelly) and the Godzilla Burger (a pound of meat and 2X bacon and cheese!).

Additional 95 and above scores:

La Tazza at the Sheraton – 97

Casey’s Bar and Grill – 98

Magic City Grill II in Fairfield – 96

Tasty Jamaica Wing in Fairfield – 96

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.Check out our local business directory featuring over 700 restaurants, bars and businesses offering deals, curbside delivery and more.

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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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