Street Vendors of Birmingham: DDC, Independent Birmingham fest and Beyond

Birmingham is a great location for some of the best street food in the UK. Okay, London has Camden Market, Borough Market, and more food festivals than you can count. But, you know what Birmingham has? Digbeth Dining Club (@digbethdiningclub), Independent Birmingham Festival, a vast range of street-food-come-restaurants, and so much more! Did you know that Digbeth Dining Club has been on tour? From Solihull Dining Club to Longbridge Dining Club to Coventry Dining Club, there’s plenty of fun for the entire West Midlands!

I have been going to as many events as possible to try out some of the incredible vendors Birmingham has to offer. Here is a list of my favourites at the moment

Only Jerkin’

Best. Fried. Chicken. Ever.

That is all.

🍽Caribbean fried chicken, fries, coleslaw, jerk gravy
📍Only Jerkin’, Digbeth Dining Club (Resident)
Please note this is not my photo. Photo credit @onlyjerkin.

Beef on the Block

So steak is my favourite food in the entire world. My last meal would be medium-rare fillet steak with chips and either blue cheese butter or mushroom sauce. When I found out that Beef on the Block (@beefontheblock) offered up delectable bavette steak served with fries and a choice of sauce, I was all there for it. Their signature dish is served with chimichurri, which unfortunately they had ran out of by the time I got there. Tragic, right? However, I went for the peppercorn sauce and all my dreams came true. No, really.

🍽Bavette steak (medium-rare), chips, peppercorn sauce
📍Beef on the Block, Digbeth Dining Club

Flying Cows

Who doesn’t love a good burger? I was super excited to try Flying Cows (@flyingcows_burgers) after seeing such good photos and reviews on instagram from some of my favourite local food bloggers. I’d already booked tickets to Coventry Dining Club and when I found out that Flying Cows were going to be there, I could not wait! The queue was incredibly long and I think I waited 25 minutes but oh wow, it was worth the wait. I ordered the Beefy Blue, which I had already been planning on ordering for weeks. Burger and blue cheese? Best combination. There was so much flavour in this burger and, honestly, I cannot recommend enough. If you’re a fan of burgers, this is a MUST!

🍽Homemade patty, blue cheese, American cheese, pickled pink onions, teriyaki sauce
📍Flying Cows, Coventry Dining Club

Baked in Brick

Another classic, Baked in Brick (@bakedinbrick), has been on my go-to list for a while. They are a street vendor serving up stunning meat dishes with Michelin-starred yorkshires. The dream. They also have a restaurant in the Custard Factory that does Sunday lunches and amazing pizzas! They won me over because I even tried their food. I tried their slow roasted lamb in a bun with wild garlic, salsa verde, triple cooked rosemary potatoes and goats cheese. The lamb was spit-roasted and it was the best lamb I’ve had in ages! So flavoursome. The potatoes were also amazing, and the rest of the flavours in that bun made me an incredibly happy person. Yes to everything.

🍽Slow roasted lamb, triple cooked rosemary potatoes, wild garlic, salsa verde, goats cheese
📍Baked in Brick, Independent Birmingham Festival at The Bond

Brownie Boss

Onto the sweet stuff! I am a massive fan of brownies so was looking forward to trying at Brownie Boss (@browniebossuk) at Digbeth Dining Club. They’re not just brownies though – they come with ice cream and a vast range of toppings. Your sweet tooth will thank you.

🍽Brownie, vanilla ice cream, cookie, chocolate sauce
📍The Brownie Boss, Digbeth Dining Club

Urban Cheesecake

I am OBSESSED with cheesecake. Not gonna lie, my mum makes a damn good cheesecake so trying it elsewhere is sometimes disappointing. However, Urban Cheesecake (@urbancheesecakeuk) exceeded my expectations. The base cheesecake is a lovely white chocolate cheesecake. On top of this you choose your own toppings. I went for salted caramel and Cadbury chocolate flake. Amazing! I also had this straight after my Flying Cows burger so was stuffed at the end of it. Would highly recommend if you enjoy cake, cheesecake, chocolate or have a huge sweet tooth!

🍽White chocolate cheesecake, salted caramel sauce, flake
📍Urban Cheesecake, Coventry Dining Club

Beki’s Brownies

Very different to The Brownie Boss, Beki’s Brownies (@bekisbrownies) focus on the brownies themselves. And I have to say, there are probably the best brownies I’ve ever eaten. And I’ve eaten a lot of brownies in my time. When I walked over to their stall at The Independent Birmingham Festival, there was so many brownies I wanted to try that I may have gone a bit overboard and ordered almost everything… I got the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Brownie, Lotus Biscoff Blondie, S’mores Brownie, and Caramel Egg Cupcake Brownie. I was also lucky enough to get their last chocolate orange brownie!

My favourite was the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Brownie. It was filled with homemade orange curd, which made it beautifully gooey. The brownie itself was not too cakey and perfectly soft. Divine. All the other options were just as stunning and I can’t wait for more!

🍽Terry’s Chocolate Orange Brownie
📍Beki’s Brownies, The Independent Birmingham Festival
🍽Caramel egg brownie cupcake
📍Beki’s Brownies, Independent Birmingham Festival

Jam vs Custard

These doughnuts was insane. They were filled to the brim with beautiful fillings. Very impressed. There was also a lot of choice so whatever time of doughnut you like, they got you.

🍽Blueberry cheesecake doughnut
📍Jam vs Custard, Independent Birmingham Festival

Loki Wine

This is just a short shoutout to Loki Wine (@lokiwine) who featured at The Independent Birmingham Festival a few weeks ago. I tried my first ever natural wine here, and it was lovely! The guy who served me said it would go really well with my lamb from Baked in Brick, and he was so right.

There are so many other places that I still need to try, so here’s a shoutout to the places that are on my immediate list –

  • Libertine Burger
  • Buddha Belly
  • Low n Slow
  • Patty Freaks
  • Mac OG

If you want to try some of these places out, Digbeth Dining Club can always help you out. Give it a try! Also, check out BBQ Fest on 22nd June for some of the places featured, as well as Carcass all the way from London for 1 day only!

Any recommendations for other places you think I might like?

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