Several Birmingham-area restaurants, including Niki’s West on Finley Avenue, Ocean in Five Points South and Miss Myra’s Pit BBQ in Cahaba Heights received 95 and above on their food service ratings this spring.
Since 2018, Bham Now has reported restaurant food service scores from the Jefferson County Health Department. Each month, more than 100 local establishments that handle and serve food are inspected by the Department of Health, including:
- Retirement homes,
- Daycare centers
- grocery stores
- Concession stands.
Food service inspection scores are updated regularly on the Jefferson County Health Department website.
The database is easy to access and dates back several years. We estimate that about 20% of restaurant inspections score 95 or higher, while most local school cafeterias, for example, tend to score 95 or higher.
Who made the local restaurant’s honor roll in April and May? Here are some notable local establishments:
Niki’s West – 95
A Birmingham institution, Niki’s West was founded in 1957 by the Hontzas family. One meat and three located near the Alabama Farmers Market—fresh vegetables are guaranteed. If you have a visitor in town, Niki’s is one of those must-visit places.
Ocean Restaurant – 96
Ocean, on Five Points South, turns 20 this year. Winner of numerous accolades, including Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence and AAA Four Diamond Award for the past thirteen years, Ocean is a Magic City foodie destination.
Also – do you like oysters? Check out our Bham Now 2021 story about recycling Alabama Coastal Foundation oyster shells and efforts to expand the program to restaurants like Ocean.
Miss Myra’s BBQ Pit – 95
Want to know where the best BBQ chicken sandwich in Alabama is? According to digital publication Far and Wide, it’s at Miss Myra’s. Incidentally, Miss Myra also introduced Alabama White Sauce to the Magic City in 1984.
Additional scores of 95 and above:
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