Rojo, Abhi, FILTER, Michaels earn 95+ food service scores in July and August

Entrance of Rojo on Highland Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama. (Rojo)

Several Birmingham-area restaurants—including Rojo on Highland Avenue, Ensley’s Green Acres, FILTER Coffee Parlor at Five Points South and Michael’s Restaurant alongside Railroad Park, received 95 and above on their food service scores this past July and August.

Since 2018, Bham Now has reported the Jefferson County Department of Health restaurant food service scores each month. Over 100 local establishments that handle and serve food are inspected by the health department, including: 

  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Nursing homes,
  • Daycare centers
  • Hospitals
  • Grocery stores
  • 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 20% of the restaurant inspections score 95 or above, while most local school cafeterias, for example, tend to score 95 or above.

Featured Restaurants

Bernadine Birdsong, owner of Michael’s Restaurant. (Matthew Niblett)

Who made the local restaurant honor roll in July and August? Here are some notable local establishments:

95+ scores

Rojo — 97

Owners Rojo, Abhi, FILTER, Michaels earn 95+ food service scores in July and August
Clark Lopez and Laney DeJonge. (Rojo)

A Birmingham Original – Rojo turned 20 years old this summer. Along with its wholesome American and Latin dishes, the restaurant is known for “giving back” to the neighborhood and community.

FILTER Coffee Parlor – 95

hot chocolate
Look at this delicious treat from Filter. ( Filter)

Looking for one of the “greenest” coffee shops in the state? FILTER, at 5 Points South was one  of the first restaurants/coffee shops to become a GOLD Sustainable Parter via  the Alabama Environmental Council’s EAT Program.

Michael’s Restaurant — 99

Michael’s Restaurant outside entrance at Parkside. (Nathan Watson/Bham Now)

Another Birmingham Original, Bernadine Birdsong and her family purchased Michael’s Steak and Seafood and relocated the famous steakhouse next to Railroad Park and Region’s Field. Check the Bham Now “sneak peek” of the place when it opened back in 2020.

Rest of the Honor Roll

Mountain Brook
Abhi at Mountain Brook Village. (Pat Byington/ Bham Now)

Abhi Eatery and Bar Mountain Brook – 95

The Lumber – 95

Blueroot – 100

Green Acres (Ensley)  – 99

Black Market Grill – 96

Bricktops – 95

T-Bones Cheesesteaks – 97

Learn More

Birmingham, Jefferson County Department of Health
Jefferson County Department of Health. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Visit Jefferson County Department of Health’s Food Service website for the latest scores. Food service inspections help keep us all safe. Bookmark the page and stay tuned for our monthly 95+ stories.

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Pat Byington
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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