In the immortal words of (the best fake president the world ever saw) Bill Pullman: “This is our Independence Day!”
I mean, it’s not really because we’re not American or in a film about voice box stealing aliens, but July 4th is a handy annual reminder to go out there and celebrate some of the best independent bars, restaurants and cafes we have in and around the city.
In today’s post I’m giving you some of my favourites. Coincidentally, most of these also happen to be on my much
abused loved Independent Birmingham card, so you may be able to bag a cheeky discount if you choose to visit one. I’ve tried to include a good mix for all budgets and times of the day so you can dine alone or share with your new alien friends.
The Meat Shack
My favourite place for burgers in the city, this place has never failed me. Juicy patties and getting it all over your face are a given.
Chung Ying Central
Ideal for afterwork dim sum and there’s a great happy hour deal to enjoy on cocktails.
If you’re over in Sutton Coldfield this should be your go to place for tapas. Authentic Spanish food and warm service.
Breakfast on the go has never been better thanks to this pimped up porridge stand in Great Western Arcade.
If you like wine and cheese boards you will have a fabulous time here. I do – a lot.
Fine dining without any fluff or nonsense. Beautiful food and unfussy service that works perfectly.
What Sam and the guys at this attic bar don’t know about booze probably isn’t worth knowing. You’ll find them above the (also ruddy lovely) 1000 Trades.
More people need to know about this sushi restaurant. Creative, delicious and a hidden gem.
A proper boozer with proper beers. It’s also got a pool table the regulars can (and will) shark you out of your self esteem.
The Indian Streatery
I’ll fight anyone who doesn’t think these guys do the best lunch deal in the city. The chicken curry lunchtime special is great value and delicious.
Baked in Brick
Superb pizza, cracking roast dinners (although not until Sunday) and a commitment to burrata I find deeply arousing.
Chicken. Lovely, lovely fried chicken.
This place makes the coffee in Star*ucks taste like dish water. They also do lovely light lunches.
Tiger Bites Pig
Bao done properly. Tiny place with minimal seating but the food is epic and it couldn’t be more central if you need a lunch fix.
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