Original Patty Men Review: Birmingham’s Best Burger Joint

Birmingham’s Best Burger Joint: An Orginal Patty Men Review

I‘ve been hearing about Original Patty Men for a while now. Everybody was talking about it. Everybody was hanging out there. I was excited to see what the fuss was all about. But when it was finally my time to go and catch up with a friend, a family thing came up and dragged me off my chances to finally try this place out.

I love a good American dish, and it can’t get more American than a burger right? When it comes to a burger, I don’t know if anybody else agrees with me but I find that the messier the burger, the tastier it is. Of course, there’s no ladylike way to consume a messy burger but life’s too short to care about how you consume a burger, right? So when I was browsing through the Original Patty Men Instagram page, it didn’t take me long before I called up my friend Che and said “Meet me in town in half an hour, we have to go here. ASAP.” 

What is Original Patty Men?

Tucked away on a little side street in Digbeth, Birmingham, Original Patty Men (O.P.M) emerged onto the scene following it’s snowballed success at one of Birmingham’s biggest events, Digbeth Dining Club. Since opening, the establishment has hit the ground running and this year won the award for Britain’s Best Street Food Burger. Unlike many other successful institutions, the owners had neither a background in design nor professional experience in the kitchen. The success was simply fuelled by the love of a great burger.

The Food

After looking at the menu online before my visit, it didn’t look like much so I was struggling to figure out where these additional dishes on their Instagram page came from. Turns out there was a whole load of other options written on the board in the restaurant that you can choose from. Including a dish that I had been craving since I was 16: Poutine Fries. Now if you’re not familiar with Poutine Fries, let me introduce you to this life-changing dish. Poutine Fries: A wonderful concoction of fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. This dish may sound ridiculously simple to you but believe it when I say this dish is simple but effective. Che ordered a special burger from the board and I ordered a Cheezy-E cheeseburger…doubled up of course.

The food came fairly quickly and I thrilled to see a burger just as messy as I had hoped…if not, messier. The bun was glossy, the cheese sauce was oozing out as if it had exploded in the kitchen with pieces of lettuce hanging from all angles. It was a burger that needed a few minutes just to examine and an extra few minutes to calculate a strategy of how to get in, let alone finish.

I had high hopes for this monster. And responsively, this Original Patty Men Cheezy-E burger did not disappoint. The issue I have with copious amounts of burger chains is that they tend to deceive you with a juicy looking burger, but the bun tends to be doughy and the patty ends up being dry. This was neither. The patty was juicy and the bun complimented the beef well, however, the sauce added very little value to the burger itself. The taste was a little bland and with every bite, I waited for the impact of the sauce to complete the taste however it did no such thing.

The poutine fries, on the other hand, were just perfect. I hope this notion isn’t formed from my 10-year craving for poutine fries but the gravy, cheese and potato blended into one bite was the perfect union. The taste of the gravy wasn’t too overpowering, nor was the cheese, the focus remained on the fries. The dish was a superb blend of the right textures and the right amount of flavours on equal parts of its elements.

The Atmosphere

I wasn’t surprised to see this restaurant flooded with people when I arrived. The interiors are kept to the bare minimum, allowing the focus to be on the quality of their food and the excitement and energy of its guests to form this dynamic atmosphere that everyone loves.

Original Patty Men isn’t an intimate location to have a quiet one-on-one. This restaurant is a lively urban setting perfect for a good time with your friends.

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The Service

When we arrived at Original Patty Men in Digbeth, we were told that there would be a 25-minute wait. Normally I would find this a little too long, however, the waitress took my number down on her Ipad and told me that when my table’s ready, they will text me. This meant that I could leave the premises, have a walk around Birmingham city centre until it was time.

Throughout, the service was never an issue. Original Patty Men is brimmed with staff that you can tell enjoy their jobs. A very social setting that defines the brand well.  

The Cheque Out 

For all that we ordered, our bill came to a total of £33.00 which was a great price for the meal that we had. If you’re comparing this burger joint to a fast food restaurant like Burger King or Mcdonalds, you’re making a huge mistake. These burgers are nothing like that.

The Bottom Line

I have been waiting for something like this to open up for a while now and I’m glad I finally decided to make this call; a decision with absolutely no regrets. Calling it the ‘best burger I’ve ever had’ may be too much of a bold statement to make but it certainly was a great burger. The fries highlighted the night in all the right ways and I’m a thousand percent certain that I will be revisiting this burger joint to test out the other pieces in the menu.

Original Patty Men is great for: Casual get-togethers and socialising with a friend. Maybe not for large groups however as the space is fairly small 
Original Patty Men Website
http://originalpattymen.com
Restaurant Type: American Comfort Food
Price Range: £10+
Address: 9 Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5JG
Nearest train station: Birmingham New Street
Contact Number: 0121 643 2546
Opening hours: Wed – 17:00 – 23:00 (Wings Only), Thurs – Sat: 11:30 – 23:00, Sun: 11:30 – 20:00 (or until they sell out). Kitchen closes one hour before closing time.

View the Original Patty Men Menu here

Let me know some of your favourite burger joints in the comments below!

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Original Patty Men Birmingham Review
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Restaurant Name: Original Pattymen

Restaurant Description: Tucked away on a little side street in Digbeth, Birmingham, Original Patty Men (O.P.M) emerged onto the scene following it's snowballed success at one of Birmingham's biggest events, Digbeth Dining Club. Since opening, the establishment has hit the ground running and this year won the award for Britain's Best Street Food Burger. Unlike many other successful institutions, the owners had neither a background in design, nor professional experience in the kitchen. The success was simply fuelled by the love of a great burger.

Price range: £10 - £30

Address: 9 Shaw's Passage, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5JG

Cuisine: American Comfort Food

Telephone: 0121 643 2546

  • The Food
  • The Service
  • The Decor
  • The Ambiance
  • The Price

Summary

Calling it the ‘best burger I’ve ever had’ may be too much of a bold statement to make but it certainly was a great great burger. The fries highlighted the night in all the right ways and I’m a thousand percent certain that I will be revisiting this burger joint again to test out the other pieces in the menu.

Overall
3.4

Pros

  • Great tasting food
  • Affordable prices

Cons

  • Small location
  • Can be quite busy on most days
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