It has been a really exciting couple of months for foodies in Birmingham, with three of my favourites releasing new menus within weeks of one another. Buffalo & Rye, The Stable and Bodega invited us to try out their new culinary delights. From pizza to burritos, I definitely enjoying a month full of foodie treats, as you can see from my round-up below.
Buffalo & Rye:
I really love eating out, whether for a special occasion or just as an opportunity to treat myself after a long week at work. From indulgent brunches to stunning dinners which just couldn’t be recreated at home, a trip to a cafe or restaurant is always something I look forward to. However, one meal of the day which always presents a bit of a conundrum is lunch. Not wanting to splash out on a huge dinner in the middle of the day, but also not wanting to settle for a meal deal, I really struggle to find a decent lunch out.
Cue Buffalo & Rye’s new sandwich menu! I love visiting this American style restaurant for casual evening dining – their house cheese burger and chicken wings are top of my list. Their new lunch menu offers a range of really interesting sandwiches with at a great price – they start a £6.95 for a sandwich, chips and drink.
Some of my top choices from the menu include the messy yet hugely satisfying Hot Brown (a glorious mix of smoked turkey and bacon with béchamel sauce and sourdough) and the lighter option of sautéed crayfish and smashed avocado on Peel and Stone bread. However, my favourite sandwich was the Pimento Cheese – the veggie option! I’ve been trying hard to eat less meat, and the flavour of this sandwich is incredible; really rich, hearty and warming.
Ever since we visited The Stable last summer, Michael and I have become regular visitors to this specialist pizza and cider restaurant. I love their super thin sourdough crusts, which are always absolutely loaded with toppings.
My go-to order is the Blazing Saddle, so I embraced this opportunity to try out some new options. We started the evening with one of The Stable’s new sharing platters of cured meat, cheese and crackers. I could take or leave the dried pork and chorizo, but adored the Rosary goat’s cheese and sourdough crackers.
In a quest to try all new flavours on the menu, we tackled a mountain of pizza slices between us! I was pleasantly surprised by the One Potato, Two Potato vegan pizza, and also enjoying the powerful flavours of the Big Jerk pizza. Top of my list was the ‘Nduja Like It, with the spicy kick of ‘Nduja salami and buffalo mozzarella.
Also, after a quick cider board tasting, we were given a delicious cider sorbet which was really refreshing – I would thoroughly recommend this after a big pizza!
Mexican food is probably my favourite cuisine of all, and Bodega my favourite restaurant in Birmingham. You will find me there every birthday, anniversary, special occasion – and any other Friday night I remember to make a reservation (it gets very busy).
Rather than a completely new menu, Bodega have introduced some new twists to their best loved dishes. Their manager explained how he recently travelled to Mexico to experience new street food trends and bring them back to Birmingham. This really cements my love for Bodega and sets it apart from other Mexican chains, as it’s a really authentic experience.
One of the most innovative changes to the Bodega menu is the new pulled pork burrito marinated in Dr Pepper. It may sound a bit weird, but it adds a great sweet, sticky twist to the pork (similar to TGI’s Jack Daniel sauce). The menu also offers better value for money, with the tacos increasing from three to four per portion, and served in lovely new dishes.
Tucked away in the Sugarloaf Bar, I also sampled a selection of Bodega’s new cocktails. I enjoying their best-seller, a really smooth blueberry and elderflower mojito, but my favourite was the sangria with a tropical twist. I have a sweet tooth and loved the honeyed apricot aftertaste.
Buffalo & Rye, The Stable and Bodega invited me to a complimentary tasting of their menus, but all thoughts of delicious foodie treats are my own honest opinion.