Digbeth Dining Club - Birmingham's answer to StreetFood
I sat there on a Picnic bench in an old industrial lot, sandwiched between high walls in the shadow of Digbeth's massive black railway arches. Perhaps it doesn't sound like an inspiring scene. But surrounding me were the smiling, laughing faces of people of all ages, eating incredible artisan street food, drinking, listening to great music, interacting - and I could see the same look of wonder, the same disbelieving smiles that said everyone here was thinking the same thing...
"This doesn't happen in Birmingham."
Well, it didn't. But things are changing.
Just past The Custard Factory - now a creative hub and one of the coolest places in the city - you'll find a new treasure. Tucked away beneath the dark, towering railway arches is a new bar that embraces the industrial heritage of the city, while giving it new face: Spotlight.
Bare, minimal and stylish, we can hope this is the first of many new venues that have some real character.
There were three culprits that hijacked our taste buds last Friday:
Hungry Toad were working up some Mexican zing with incredible, juicy burritos, and chilli and haloumi wraps that will have your mouth running rivers.
The Original Patty men were serving up absolutely sinful American-style burgers, using brioche buns and unusual combos. The Devastator lived up to its name for sure, stuffed with pulled pork, cheese, coleslaw and barbecue sauce. But the deadly Krispy Kreme stole the show, with layers of beef, bacon and cheese in a KK donut instead of a bun!
Las Paelleras brought the Mediterranean flare with a delicious selection of tapas. I went with the chorizo sausage, crispy patatas bravas, and a gorgeous Catalan beef stew: a plate so full of flavour that I needed the free bread rolls they were giving out just to calm my mouth down!
In hosting the Digbeth Dining Club, Spotlight have embraced the streetfood revolution that has swept the country. This event is trying to bring a bit of culture to the city, and if you'd like to see more of that, then get out to the next one and support the cause.
You won't regret it.
Author: Tyler Curtis
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