Rojo, Surin West and T-Bones achieve 95+ food service scores in January

Five points from Surin West Birmingham. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Several Birmingham-area restaurants, including Rojo on Highland Avenue and T-Bones Philly Style Cheesesteaks and Surin West in Five Points South, received 95 and above on their food service ratings in the month of January.

Food Service Scores

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

As a public service since 2018, Bham Now has released monthly restaurant scores from the Jefferson County Health Department. In January 2021, more than 100 local establishments that handle and serve food were inspected by the health department, including restaurants, schools, nursing homes, daycares, hospitals, grocery stores and concessions.

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 around 10-15% 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 honor roll in January 2021? Here are some notable local establishments:

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Queso with a side of tacos sounds good to me. Photo via rojo

A mainstay of Highland Park for nearly two decades, Rojo not only serves delicious meals in a great atmosphere, he also gives back to the community. In 2016, Bham Now published an article about their many contributions and donations.

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This coconut soup is good as a starter or appetizer.

Another beloved restaurant in Birmingham, Surin West is approaching its third decade at Five Points South. One of the first Thai restaurants in Magic City, Surin West is a restaurant where you invite guests from around town after showing Vulcan and our charming tree-lined neighborhoods. TIP: Be sure to try Surin’s legendary coconut soup and be sure to check out their extensive menu, which includes Thai classics and sushi, before your visit.

T-Bones Philly Cheesesteaks – 96

Photo via T-Bone’s Authentic Philly-Style Cheesesteaks and Hoagies

If you’re looking for authentic Philly Cheesesteak and comfort food, T-Bones is a Magic City favorite. In fact, Bham Now wrote an article about the 20-year-old restaurant.

Additional scores of 95 and above:

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Chicken Pesto Flatbread at The Casual Pint in Hoover. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Learn more

Visit the Jefferson County Health Department Food Service website for the latest scores. These food service inspections are invaluable and help keep us all safe. It’s our right to know. See our local business directory featuring over 700 restaurants, bars and businesses with deals, curbside delivery and more.