At Kitchen by Liquid, we count ourselves lucky to call Birmingham our home, while there are many reasons for this, one of the main reasons is that it is the most ethnically diverse regional city in the UK and is home to people of 187 different nationalities. There aren’t many cities in the world with almost 200 cultures to explore right on the door stop!
Food plays a major role in every culture with street food really representing the rawest form of the country’s identity. Notorious for bringing communities together, street food vendors are often the pillars of community life, always offering food that feels like home and the best often go on to open their own restaurants! So, here are some of our favourite choices from around the second city!
Founded in 2012, Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) remains a corner stone of the Birmingham street food scene. Since beginning out the back of a bar in Digbeth, DDC has gone on to win national awards, run events across the region, and has now opened two permanent venues: Hockey Social Club and Herbert’s Yard.
Hockley Social offers an exciting and diverse menu with three permanent kitchens plus a rotating monthly resident. Meanwhile Herbert’s Yard has a regularly changing variety of street food vendors, so you’re never short of something new to try!
Across the West Midlands 80,000 Greeks and Cypriots are either studying, living or have put down roots. While the culture and climate may differ greatly to what they’re used to, familiar food isn’t too far away.
From Gyros Skepasti, to tirosalata, to a classic stuffed pitta bread, All Greek Street Food is the place for authentic Greek grub. Expect to choose between a variety of traditional grilled meats to fill your pittas with or go veggie and try the vegetable souvlaki.
Habaneros brings a flavour fiesta to Birmingham City Centre with a menu full of traditional Mexican dishes, freshly prepared by the team every day. With special touches like handmade sauces and marinades, it’s hard not to love Habaneros. Where possible, local and ethically sourced produce is served up alongside free range meats from local farms.
Owners Carl and Ben began serving Birmingham from a food truck near Pigeon Park back in 2013 and last year opened up a permanent venue, in Great Western Arcade.
If you venture a short train journey out of the city centre, you’ll find yourself at Cork and Cage in Stirchley. A 100% employee-owned independent neighbourhood bar & kitchen, Cork and Cage has a regularly rotating menu of seasonal, ingredient led dishes from a variety of different eateries, on top of a selection of beers, ciders, and natural wines.
We love Cork and Cage’s dedication to smaller, independent vendors and how they cook with the seasons to ensure the best tasting and most sustainable meal.
Having truly blossomed in Birmingham, Indian Streatery started out as a food vendor at Digbeth Dining Club six years ago and has now grown into two permanent city centre locations. Being a family run restaurant with a team of all female chefs, it’s the foodie family’s mission to bring real Indian dishes to Birmingham.
Expect to dine on the traditional dishes like Dhaba chicken or street food classics with a modern twist such as the Indian hot dog.
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