It’s no secret that Birmingham’s got more eateries these days than you could list in one simple article.
But most of us don’t have the endless budget to eat in all of them, especially some of the bigger, pricier, establishments.
So amid the Michelin stars and big names, here are some of the places you might want to start at – the most affordable places for a bite to eat in Brum.
Digbeth Dining Club
— Digbeth Dining Club (@DigbethDiner) March 26, 2016
A list of Birmingham’s cheapest eats wouldn’t be complete without a reference to Digbeth Dining Club. Held at Digbeth’s Spotlight every Friday night, fill your face with offerings from some of the city’s finest street food vendors, from Buddha Belly’s thai treats to gourmet toasties from the guys at Jabberwocky.
Unit 2 Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG – digbethdiningclub.co.uk
4023 Mediterranean Food
— 4023 (@4023food) February 18, 2016
Just a short trot from the shiny new Grand Central and Birmingham New Street development is 4023, with a handful of tables and a menu full of Mediterranean treats to transport you back to your holidays. From classics like moussaka and souvlaki, you can eat like a king without breaking the bank.
34 Stephenson St, Birmingham B2 4BH – 4023.co.uk
Tucked away from the bright lights in Birmingham’s Polish Centre, this hidden gem has drawn praise from some of the country’s top restaurant critics, not to mention its loyal following of local fans. Try the Pierogi or apple cake for a true taste of Poland, and all at an affordable price.
A list of Birmingham eateries, cheap or otherwise, just has to include somewhere from the city’s famous Balti Triangle. Al Frash is one of the better-known names from the Brum’s stable of Indian restaurants, having featured on TV and in print. Yet it still manages to offer eminently affordable good quality food, from all the traditional baltis you’d expect to a number of specialities.
186 Ladypool Road, Birmingham, B12 8JS – alfrash.com
York’s Bakery Cafe
Sweet corn Fritters, Smoky Salsa and Poached Eggs- Making Monday special pic.twitter.com/OMGBnSd7CL
— Yorks, Stephenson St (@YorksBakeryCafe) March 7, 2016
York’s has got a loyal following in Brum, and even a look at its menu can tell you why. In the heart of the city, it doesn’t just offer fab coffees but tempting breakfast items like shakshuka and eggs benedict, along with the classic bacon butty, all at a reasonable price.
29 Stephenson Street, Birmingham B2 4PH – yorksbakerycafe.co.uk
If you say the words organic, vegetarian and vegan, you don’t necessarily expect them to be accompanied by the word ‘cheap’. But it’s not just us who are listing Warehouse Cafe up there with Birmingham’s places for cheap places to get good food – this veggie haven was included in the Independent’s top 50 cheap eats. So there.
54-57 Allison St, Birmingham B5 5TH – thewarehousecafe.com
Minmin Noodle Bar
Two satisfied customer prebooked lobster noodles!! pic.twitter.com/5mJJvi5eEp
— MinMin (@MinMinNoodleBar) April 8, 2014
This family-run cafe-cum-restaurant takes you on a tour of Asia, offering Chinese, Vietnamese, and ‘Asian fusion’ food. You can’t miss its bright exterior, and the food has made just as much of an impression on those who have dined there. From noodles to salads, rice dishes and curries, there’s something for everyone – and all at a more-than-reasonable price.
Unit 4, Latitude Building, Bromsgrove St, Birmingham B5 6AB – facebook.com/MinMinNoodle/
— Brigid Jones (@brigidjones) December 4, 2015
Slap bang in the middle of studentsville, it’s no wonder Selly Sausage makes the grade for a list of cheap eats. It’s been around for years and has become something of an institution in the local area. At under a fiver for a Full English breakfast it’s understandable why this place is a popular haunt for students, though the Selly Sausage’s days could be numbered after it reportedly went up for sale in March.
539-541 Bristol Rd, Birmingham, B25 6AU
— La Vera (@PizzeriaLaVera) April 2, 2015
Hidden away in Martineau Place, you’ll easily miss La Vera. But with a margherita for less than five pounds, and treats like a Nutella calzone on offer, it’s worth seeking out. The surroundings may be basic, but the authentic pizzas cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven are probably enough to make you want to break away from other pizza chains.
S16 Martineau Place, Birmingham, B2 4UB – pizzerialavera.co.uk