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14 INCREDIBLE PLACES TO EAT IN BIRMINGHAM YOU MUST TRY IMMEDIATELY

With multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, a spectacular curry scene and a great roster of vibrantly independent eateries, Birmingham really is the foodie capital of the UK. From its award-winning markets to its eclectic venues, England’s second city is the place to be when you’re hungry. Check out our recommendations for the top spots to get some nosh.

1. Bodega Cantina Y Bar

Neat and clean, Bodega is a fresh taste of South American food that does more than just serve up a great mahi mahi. Its drinks selection is the envy of Birmingham, featuring a cocktail menu packed with classics and a fantastic roster of bottled regional beer. Food recipes are inspired by the team’s travels to Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Cuba. Go on an adventure with your tastebuds.

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Avg price £10

2. Nosh and Quaff

Fresh lobster. Cold beer. What more could you want? Actually, at Victoria Square’s funkiest restaurant the menu offers it all, from the signature massive lobsters to gourmet style burgers and hot dogs. Try the Big Apple Dog smothered in bacon jam, or a Lobster Roll. Yum!

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Avg price £15

3. Digbeth Dining Club

Digbeth Dining Club started life as an ‘event’ - a street food spectacular aimed at introducing quality alternative dining to the masses. The proud winners of multiple Best Street Food awards, Digbeth Dining Club now has an official home in Spot*light on Trinity Street. Pop in to bridge the gap between post-work beers and an epic club night.

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Avg price £6

4. Habaneros Mexican Street Food

Fresh is the first word in the Habaneros dictionary! Brum’s favourite Mexican street food cafe serves up classic spicy burritos, tacos and nachos made from the finest ingredients. And if you’re not feeling the urge for wraps or crispy chips, you can even opt for bowls of fillings on their own. Pick from pulled pork and beef, zingy chicken tinga or seasonal vegetarian. Try the superhot habanero salsa if you dare!

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Avg price £5

5. Purnell’s Bistro

Classic British scrumptiousness gets a dainty update at Purnell’s Bistro. Think rustic home eats with a beautiful modern twist. Popular dishes include ham hock or pork belly, spectacularly reimagined to satisfy contemporary tastes in presentation and accompaniment. Neighbouring Ginger’s Bar serves cocktails in the 1930s Americana style. It’s a match made in foodie heaven.

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Avg price £20

6. Peel and Stone Bakery

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has a new gem in its crown: Peel and Stone’s fabulous bakery. Real bread is cooked daily by expert bakers specialising in slow leavened creations, but there’s more to the menu than just baked goods. Expect fresh salads, delightful sandwiches and all manner of homely goodness including lasagne, soups and a killer brunch. Menus change weekly.

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Avg price £6

7. Lasan

Gordon Ramsay loves Lasan. This award-winning favourite in the Jewellery Quarter scooped ‘Best Local Indian Restaurant’ on The F Word for its fresh approach to food and service. You won’t find a balti on the innovative menu. Instead, a combination of locally sourced meats and quality seafood are presented in succulent modern dishes. Expect culinary flair, plenty of colour, and unique flavour combinations.

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Avg price £11

8. Forty Twenty-Three

The name is a perfect encapsulation of the diverse influences of this unique Mediterranean restaurant. Loosely based on the co-ordinates identifying a long, thin region of the between the Black Sea and Mediterranean coasts, 4023 takes its inspiration from a little-known cuisine found only in this part of the world. Elements of Greek, Minor Asian and Eastern food combine to create dishes that transform meat and poultry with spectacular spice combinations.

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Avg price £4

9. Piccolino

There’s nothing so flavoursome as a real Italian meal - and nowhere in Birmingham does the bold, varied cuisine of the country like Piccolino. Turn up for a sensational lunch or dinner, and see your food being freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen. Or chill on the terrace with a drink, and watch the world go by in true Italian style! The menu offers a combination of fresh modern flavours and classic Italian dishes.

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Avg price £15

10. Purecraft Bar and Kitchen

When beer’s on your mind, think Purecraft. Every item on the menu has been created to go brilliantly with the bar’s huge selection of independently brewed tipples. Main meals are served at lunchtime (between 12pm and 2.30pm) and dinnertime (5pm until 10pm), with home-cooked bar snacks available all day. There’s even an out-of-this-world roast menu for those slow Sundays.

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Avg price £16

11. Dirty Cow Burger Company

Every city needs its own homegrown burger shack, and in Birmingham that honour goes to the Dirty Cow Burger Company. Hosted by Broad Street favourite The O Bar, Dirty Cow offers the best of all possible burgers, hot dogs and wings, freshly prepared and absolutely massive. If you’ve got the cojones, try the Flaming Doom, Birmingham’s hottest burger. It’s so insanely spicy you have to sign a waiver before you eat it, and the kitchen supplies gloves so you don’t get chilli burns on your fingers!

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Avg price £8

12. Turtle Bay

Not every chain restaurant is a bad thing. Turtle Bay has been bringing its flavourful brand of Caribbean loveliness to the coolest cities in Britain, and Birmingham’s outlet is one of the top restaurants in the city. Impeccably presented, with rustic charm and plenty of visual appeal, the food ranges from street food ‘cutters’ to authentic jerk pit BBQ. Put some spice in your life!

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Avg price £11

13. The Warehouse Cafe

Birmingham’s greenest restaurant serves organic, fresh vegetarian dishes from its HQ in Allison Street - a home it’s shared with Birmingham Friends of the Earth for many years. Quirky warehouse surroundings and top-notch veggie nosh make this a must-visit location for everyone in the city. You’ll find a delightful combination of reimagined British comforts and spicy world-food delights on the menu.

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Avg price £8

14. Chung Ying Garden

Massive and eternally popular, Chung Ying Garden is the real deal: a Cantonese restaurant in the heart of Birmingham’s Chinatown. All the greats are on the menu, alongside some stunning dishes created with innovative produce. Try the ostrich fried with spring onion, chilli and garlic. Or go for the classic Chung Ying Garden experience and order epic Dim Sum. There are more than 100 varieties to choose from!

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Avg price £14

Dim Sum avg price £7 per dish

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