Can you feel that? In the air? Ah, yes, it’s the feeling of life returning to normal and Boris not having rained all over your parade for a record amount of time. What a relief! What a feeling! With normality comes the ability to go out and enjoy your favourite restaurants and eateries across the big smoke, so if you’re stuck for inspiration, here’s a taste (if ya pardon the pun) of our favourite places to dine out.
Located on the Pershore Road, Alicia’s Micro Bakehouse is an independent Artisan pizzeria. With mouth watering pizzas, their unrivalled quality creates an exceptional eating experience.
Only the very best products are used, and even the simplest of ingredients are treated with respect by applying traditional artisan techniques. Alicia's specialty dough is allowed to rest for a minimum of 24 hours perfecting its light texture and beautifully bubbly crust.
Original Patty Men
Calling themselves “purveyors of filth”, OPM are possibly the best burgers in Brum. In fact, their Alabama fries alone worthy of their own medal: Salted skin-on fries topped with Alabama sauce, Frank's hot sauce, crispy fried shallots & spring onions
With locations in Stirchley and Digbeth (cool kids only am I right?), this independent is a must-visit on anyones Places To Eat In Birmingham list (including vegetarians and vegans, with their Po Money Po Mushroom burger).
It’s fried chicken & craft beer vibes everyday of the week at Bonehead (aside from Sundays and Mondays when they are, selfishly, closed). Although not opening for dine-in customers just yet, they’re hoping to announce some excited plans for late summer shortly. You can, however, dine-in at their Summer residency at Zumhof, Digbeth (Thurs - Sun) and they’re still working the delivery & collection options (Uber eats).
From the heart of Birmingham's best independent high street, Stirchley’s Eat Vietnam offers umami-packed traditional Vietnamese food with the freshest ingredients.
Currently there are no takeaways/collections whilst they get things cookin’ properly with their indoor seating after being closed for a couple weeks (Covid, am I right?!). Bookings can be made here: https://eatvietnam.co.uk/bookings/ with a deposit taken to avoid no-shows, but not to fear! This is taken off the bill when you arrive at the restaurant.
Stirchley does it again with the beautiful independents in the shape of Akram’s, located on the up-and-coming neighbourhood’s High Street. Branded Authentic Kashmiri Cuisine, Akrams boasts BYOB, dine in, takeaway, walk-in or book-in - whatever tickles ya fancy! This is surely one of the best Indian restaurants in Birmingham - and we don’t say that lightly!
With four branches dotted across Birmingham, you’ll find the newest Damescena in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. Boasting an open plan, welcoming atmosphere and Middle-Eastern interiors, Your Local, Far-Away Coffee House awaits you. Loved by critics and locals alike, Damascena's award-winning Syrian cuisine and coffee has built it a reputation as one of Birmingham's best spots. We would always recommend one of their Turkish coffee’s (bonus points as it comes with a lil’ Turkish delight, too!).
If brunch is your game, Cherry Reds is far from lame. Calling themselves a little home from home, this cafe/bar provides fresh, home made food, with something for anyone and everyone! Simple food, done properly.
Whether you’re after a good craft beer (the bar staff are amazing and more than happy to share recommendations if you’re as clueless as we are), Sunday morning-brunching (perhaps some damage control for the aforementioned craft beers?), or just pure unadulterated good times - Cherry Reds is the one to count on in the city centre!
Offering the absolute most Instagrammable content I have perhaps ever seen, Stirchley’s Caneat is always on point with their lunch game. This Neighbourhood Cafe, Deli & Shop changes their menu on a weekly basis, Caneat cook up a storm depending on their mood or whatever is in season to ensure the best flavours possible. As they eloquently outline on their website: they serve good food, good drinks, and sell nice things.
Ngopi is an independent coffee shop and munch located in Birmingham City Centre. Here to fill the void of Indonesian-inspired food, Ngopi serves coffee as well as authentic Indonesian light meals with modern twists such as Gado-Gado, Bakso, Risol, Pisang Bakar and more. If you are up to a truly authentic and unique Indonesian feast, just pop-in and they'll serve you the very best of Indonesian cuisine.
It’s tapas, baby! Gibb Street’s Rico Libre is Birmingham's #1 Tapas restaurant, serving a fiesta of flavour with fresh, flavourful and fiesta-worthy Tapas and Paella. Oh, and did we mention it’s BYOB! Not sure if it’s up your street? Why not check out the menu and decide for yourself: https://www.ricolibre.co.uk/menu