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:
- Nursing homes,
- Daycare centers
- 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.
Who made the local restaurant honor roll in July and August? Here are some notable local establishments:
Rojo — 97
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
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
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
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
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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