Several Birmingham-area restaurants—including Slutty Vegan in Woodlawn, Downtown Birmingham’s Gus’s Hot Dogs and The Goose in the Avondale Entertainment District received 95 and above on their food service scores this past December.
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.
Slutty Vegan – 100
Owned by entrepreneur Pinky Cole, the Woodlawn location of Slutty Vegan is the restaurant’s first in Alabama. Who can ever forget the lines circling the block back in August when Slutty Vegan first opened on 55th Place. This place has made vegan cool. Hot tip: The restaurant has been temporarily closed during the first week of January because of a mechanical problem.
Gus’s Hot Dogs – 97
A mainstay since 1947 in downtown Birmingham, along with its great hot dogs and burgers, make sure to drop by to see Gus’s mural of Civil Rights icon John Lewis.
Back in December 2020, when the mural was unveiled, Gus’s Hot Dogs owner Lee Pantazis said this about the mural and why he chose John Lewis:
“I am very proud that John Lewis is a citizen of Alabama and very proud to honor him. Hopefully this mural will inspire our community to come together. Like Lewis said: with a sense of love and community we can make the impossible possible.”
The Goose – 98
Looking for classic pub food? Check out The Goose on Avondale’s 41st Street. You’ve got it all in one place— burgers, wings, kabobs, chicken tenders, classic appetizers and salads. My favorite? Order a “Gaggle” of wings (50) and share them with friends and beer all night.
Rest of the Honor Roll
Wings Village – 96
Cahaba Brewing – 96
Farm Stand – 100
Billy’s Tavern – 100
Encore Rouge – 95
Lehman’s Pizzeria – 100
Side Bar – 98
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.