My 5 top picks for eating in Birmingham!

This post has been one I've had in my mind for a while now, I am looking at creating an exploring Birmingham series due it being one of the local towns to me and it's always great to explore places near by, and it also gives others who aren't from near the area ideas of where to go for things such as food, drink, shopping and things to do. For the first instalment as you've probably guessed from the title is all about places to eat. I have done a full length review on each of these places on the blog, but I thought I'd collate them all together and share my favourite places to eat in Birmingham. There are so many amazing places, and it was hard to get it down to just five. However part of the reason I went for each of these is not just down to how the food tastes, but also presentation, overall experience and service. Let me know in the comments if you've been to any of these places and where you'd recommend for me to add to my own to visit list. 

Jamie's Italian: 
During my visit to Jamie's Italian, I went to visit during their easy lunch so their menu was more limited then if you were to go in the evening, however the food was still amazing and the way it was presented was lush too. Served on wooden boards, cute mini table cloths and their cocktails were divine (and a little strong, oops). For 11.95 I had two amazing courses, and additionally I had a couple of cocktails, for around £20.00 I had an amazing lunch. They also do a quick and easy dinner menu for £15.95. I am not too sure if these menus are due to change but at the moment those are the prices and they were that much when I visited. I would say if you are quite picky or a vegetarian (as there is only one option) the main menu may appeal more.
Jamie's Italian 2016

Las Iguanas: 
Las Iguanas is one of my favourite restaurants ever and I have visited on a fair few occasions, I usually go pre gig as it's fairly near where I go to my gigs so I stay in a hotel near by. The last time I went and took pictures was a long time ago, so apologies for the quality of these plus at night the light in the restaurant is hard to photograph. Everytime I visit, I always get the nachos because they are out of this world. Plus they have a gluten free option! For my main it has to be Fajitas they have a portobello mushroom one and they're lush! I would recommend Las Iguanas to anyone who loves mexican food and if you have dietary needs they have a really diverse menu.  

Las Iguanas Birmingham

Handmade Burger Co (In Grand Central): 
Don't get me wrong I've tried all of the Handmade Burger co's in Birmingham, however the reason I added Grand Central to the title of this one, is it looks the best inside and has the best service in my opinion. I do find the one nearest the Bullring a little less spacious and quite compact and it ruins it a little bit for me. So Grand Central opened a Handmade burger co back in 2015, and I first went in the opening week and again have been many times since. They have the BIGGEST selection of veggie burgers I've ever seen which is always music to my ears, as often restaurants can be limited on veggie options. They also have a variety of AMAZING sides, including hipster chips and jalapeno slaw! They give you huge portions of chips at Handmade Burger, and they are always so good. You can see your food being prepared fresh and the restaurant is always clean with quick service. 


Handmade burger co grand central

Bills: 
Bills a great restaurant with a lovely location right in the centre of Birmingham, when I visited last year I found their menu a little restricting for a vegetarian, but I have looked online since and seen that it seems to have so many choices now (must go back!). For meat eaters there lots of choice also. The reason I added Bills on here is due to the amazing food, I had a fish finger sandwich with fries and it tasted great followed by the best brownie I've ever tasted, therefore even if you only go for a brownie and a drink I would recommend 110%. 

Bills lunch menu 2016

The Alchemist:
Apologies for the pictures in this post being purely alcohol and cocktails (even though they're pretty damn cool), I have visited the Alchemist since this however I was a bad blogger and did not take photos. Sorry. So the Alchemist, I would firstly recommend for the experience whether you're eating or drinking (or both) you it is totally amazing. You can see your cocktails being made, they come out looking amazing and the food is just as good. Again the Nachos are amazing and I would totally recommend trying the fajitas or their vegetarian platter. Both Lush. The whole building looks lovely and downstairs is an experience you need to see. With amazing art work throughout the whole building a HUGE range of cocktails you are missing out if you have not been!

The Alchemist

 Where is your favourite place to eat in Birmingham? 


25 comments

  1. I have been to Jamie's Italian & Las Iguanas, not in Birmingham though. I was in Birmingham late March and did debate eating at Bills but for the reasons mentioned vegetarian menu, ended up at Nando's for a veggie burger lol. The Alchemist sounds cool.

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  2. I haven't been to Birmingham in years, bet it has all changed so much.

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  3. I miss being close enough to come and explore food places in Birmingham with you 😭 Really missing our midweek brunch at Bills!

    han // hxanou.co.uk

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  4. I've tried all of these apart from the handmade burger co, that is now on my must try list!

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  5. These sound like fab suggestions. I've heard amazing things about The Alchamist from other cities but not had chance to visit yet x

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  6. They all sound like a great place to eat

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  7. Defo try original patty men! they started out in digbeth dining club, anyone place to check out

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  8. I've actually not visited yet but am planning to visit Birmingham soon so will keep these in mind

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  9. Some great recommendations for places to eat. I am visiting Birmingham in Nov so will make a point to check them out.

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  10. I recently discovered Bill's! IT'S AMAZING! I can't believe I hadn't discovered it sooner. I recently spend a day in Birmingham for a job with the BBC and had to leave my mum and step dad roam the city. They found the most amazing vegan place and I'm so sad I didn't get to eat there with them!

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  11. It's been ages since I was last in Birmigham, love these recommendations, I really want to try Bill's for lunch.

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  12. I've wanted to go to Jamie's Italian for ages - it's got loads of great reviews.

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  13. Ooh thank you so much for the recommendations! I've been wanting to go to Birmingham a lot more for dinner, as they have tons of amazing restaurants but I just didn't know where to start!

    Lizzie Bee // Hello Lizzie Bee

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  14. We absolutely love Jamie's Italian - their kids menu is fab and Erin loves the experience of picking her choice from the retro view finder!

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  15. Try digbeth dining club! It's an amazing experience.

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  16. I am hearing about Alchemist more and more recently. I will definitely check them out next time in Birmingham. Thanks for suggestions.

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  17. I'm ashamed to say that even though London has a lot to offer, I love and always go back to Bill's and Jamie's Italian so i would most definitely go there if I was to visit Birmingham soon. Although the Alchemist sounds super cool too but I can probably fit all three if I come for a weekend.

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  18. Ooh we have a Bills here and I love it! Best shepherds pie I've ever had, we go as often as we can! Never heard of the others but they all sound fab!

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  19. These look like some great picks for a good lunch or evening meal out. I love the Bills and Las Iguanas in Cardiff - always favourites with me. I've been thinking of doing a trip to Birmingham so this is a great guide for that

    Laura x

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  20. There's some amazing independents in Brum that are really worth checking out as well. I highly recommend Original Patty Men for burgers for your next visit. Bodega is amazing for South American food as well :)

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  21. I've only ever spent one night in Birmingham and I went to the most amazing place to eat, but can I remember the name?! Went to see Dirty Dancing at the theatre that night too - it was amazing!

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  22. I haven't been to Brum since my late teens and I dont think half of these places ever existed!

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  23. When I'm in Birmingham I tend to go for more "mom and pop" (as we say in the US) places because the curry in Birmingham is top notch. I like that Las Iguanas is a chain though, and would love to pop and have exactly what you ordered as it looks so good!

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  24. I've heard great things about Jamie's Italian and Handmade Burger, but I've never actually eaten in either! I must give them a go!

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  25. I flipping love Bill's - it's my go to atm. Funnily enough I'm going to Birmingham tomorrow.

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