Original Patty Men

I know I’m a little late to the party with this. I’ve been meaning to review Original Patty Men for ages, but I always get distracted and just get stuck in before I remember to take photos and, you know, pause for breath.

I finally got around to reviewing them in full after I went a couple of weekends ago, and I cannot overstate how much I love these burgers.

Having gone from street food traders and Digbeth Dining Club regulars, O.P.M have had their very own full time establishment under a railway arch in Digbeth for around two years now, and if the rumours are true, they’ll soon have a bar and bakery next door.

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I went on a Sunday, and arrived pretty much as they were opening the doors, so luckily no queuing for me (usually guests can expect up to 30 minute waits for a table). It was a warm afternoon so we grabbed a table outside in the quirky, astro-turf garden area and checked out the menu.

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In typical blogger style, I decided to order off menu, going for the special Bourbon Squealer. My other half stuck to the classics and had a Bacon Cheese, but we both doubled our meat and got a side of O.D.B fries to share.

Seeing as we arrived at around 11:30, we grabbed a couple of cokes to drink instead of beers. The Karma Cola is really good, made with Fairtrade cane sugar and kola nuts.

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We waited only as long as it took to cook our burgers fresh, then got stuck in.

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My Bourbon Squealer was possibly the messiest burger I have ever seen. It was literally oozing with sauce and cheese. The patties were super juicy and pink in the middle, the mustard slaw had a real kick which complimented the beef perfectly, and despite the ridiculous amount of sauce, the buns held up right until the last bite.

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The bacon cheese went down very well too, with the combination of juicy beef, crispy bacon, oozing cheese and crunchy pickles making an ideal mouthful.

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The fries were also noteworthy, loaded up with fresh spring onion, crunchy onions, slaw and sriracha mayo.

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The fries underneath stayed crispy, even with all the toppings, and the combination of crunch, freshness and heat made this a really interesting dish that could hold its own as the main event, not just as a side.

Overall, seriously good stuff. Original Patty Men are creating some of the best burgers in Birmingham, so if you’ve not been yet, go. Right now. You won’t regret it.

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