Helen, The Modern House, Mellow Mushroom earned 95+ food service scores in June

The Modern House Coffee
Founder Troy Whetstone/ (Ben Johnson / Bham Now)

Several Birmingham-area restaurants, including Helen downtown Birmingham, The Modern Coffee House in the Titusville Neighborhood and the Five Points South Mellow Mushroom received 95 and above on their food service scores this past June.

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 monthly 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

Featured Restaurants

Who made the local restaurant honor roll in June? Here are some notable local establishments:

Helen -97

Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

In 2021, Helen was featured nationally in Esquire Magazine as one of the best new restaurants in the U.S. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, expect a memorable meal. In fact, if you are celebrating that special birthday or anniversary, Helen has become that”got to” place in the Magic City.

Galley & Garden -97

Galley and Garden
Galley and Garden Restaurant on Birmingham’s Southside. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Billed as the “most awarded wine program in Alabama” Galley & Garden is one of the best wine restaurants in America according to Wine Enthusiasts magazine. The menu? You’ve got steak and pork — plus seafood options that include redfish, salmon , scallops and lobster.

The Modern House Coffee Shop – 98

The Modern House
Modern Coffee Bags (Ben Johnson / Bham Now)

Opened last year, The Modern House Coffee Shop was featured on the cover of Business Alabama. If you work near UAB, and you are looking for a locally-based coffee shop with some breakfast goodies – stop by The Modern House Coffee Shop.

Rest of the Honor Roll

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

Kelly’s Kitchen -96

Roadside BBQ in East Lake

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Grill – 96

Ferus Artisan Ales -Kitchen (Trussville)

Redmont Hotel (Restaurant)

New Chinatown – 95

BUKA – 99

Mr. Wang’s – 100

K+J Elegant Pastries – 98

The Crab Barrack (Five Points South) -95

Pizza Passion -96

EastWest – 95

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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