Burgerama (Issue 97)
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Today is national burger day (*badly connected high-five*) and rather than just tell you about Brum's most splendid bun-filled bites, we've asked a top crop of burgreneurs to build bespoke burgers for a limited time only. The results include everything from a lobster thermidor slider to a deeply carnivorous tartare creation.
It sums up the lovely Opus family, that when we asked for an idea for a burger, they gave us three. The slider trio (£15), which is available until 9pm on Saturday, includes a venison and Alsace bacon burger, with chorizo jam and bourbon sauce and a lobster and salmon burger. You'll have to speak to the team to find out the rest of the offering because we've run out of spa...
The boys from Chilli Dog Dogs have gone as big as you'd expect and will be adding to a 30 day aged organic beef patty, dry cured streaky bacon, foie gras, dill pickle and onion and fennel marmalade, on ever so local Maison Mayci brioche. At the Prince of Wales tiki garden from 6pm tonight and throughout the bank holiday weekend.
What do you get when Michelin trained chefs create burgers? At the Butchers Social this week, expect a trio of 21 day dry aged fillet of beef tartare, hand chopped, mixed to order, then married with a punchy combo of pickled mustard seeds, smoked capers, an egg yolk and fresh horseradish (£12). From 5pm to 10pm until Sunday and happiest accompanied with a Bobby's.
A creole inspired take on its always popular Rocksteady burger (pictured), expect free range chicken breast coated in a super secret, spicy outer, served up with jerk gravy, dumplings and caramelised onions. Encased in ciabatta, all your excess gravy collecting needs have even been thought of. Available at the Church until 10pm on Sunday (£9.95).
At Purecraft today only, supercharge your addled Thursday faculties with aged kimchi, made up of salted shrimp, anchovies, Chinese leaf, spring onions and carrots. There's a homemade beef patty featuring heavily too but we feel that might be ever so slightly besides the point at this stage. From 12pm to 2.30pm and 5pm to 10pm. With half a Longhorn, £12.
In an exception to the basic premise of this entire feature, our final burger is literally available for one night only and it's not even tonight. If you haven't been keeping entirely up to speed, that beautiful night is Friday, September 4, when on top of a 35 day aged patty, slathered in cheese and a chorizo relish, there will also be all this


We're more than a little bit taken with the work of Birmingham graduate, artist and all round pen-wielding hero, Sarah Taylor Silverwood. And fresh from a residency in Brum's stateside sister city, Chicago (you knew that, right?), Silverwood's really rather busy. The large-scale new view of Birmingham which she's currently working on (pictured) captures the view from Silverwood's studio on the canal near to Ikon, and is inspired by the comparable architecture and cityscapes of our US brethren. Stupendous stuff. You can check out Silverwood's gargantuan illustration of Temple Row West and the streets that surround it at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery or contact Silverwood directly for pricing and availability of all her work.
Venue: Fiesta del Asado, 229 Hagley Road, Edgbaston B19 9RP; website  Choice: Bife de Costila (£52.49, for two) Chooser: Waitress

Let's talk death row meals. One of the pre-eminent dishes in Brum right now is Fiesta del Asado's 400 oz steak, which, if we're all being really honest with ourselves, is more than enough for two. Sirloin on one side and fillet on the other, there are no difficult decisions to be made here - we dealt with the measuredly marbled and perfectly pink sirloin by way of entrée before moving on to the life-affirmingly accomplished fillet, both grilled over a traditional parrilla. Arriving with a modest but sufficient tomato and onion salad, together with
Béarnaise and Malbec sauces, try not to be put off by the price tag - this is without doubt the most triumphant steak we've eaten in the Midlands and the cost compares favourably with other restaurants peddling markedly inferior fare. Full menu here but take our word for it on this one. Unless you're a vegetarian, in which case, ignore us entirely.  


A lot like dachshunds, everyone loves Moseley Folk - it's a darn sight easier to get tickets for than Glastonbury and, as for your journey home, if the number 50 bus is your biggest complaint, it's been a good weekend. And we've just made the procurement of two weekend passes to the tenth edition of the festival a whole heap easier for one of you wise subscribers. Yes, whether you are a seasoned reader or a relative newbie, anyone who can call themselves a card carrying subscriber at 4pm on Tuesday September 1 is in with a shot. (And no, we don't actually do cards.) But if lady luck has never been a close acquaintance go ahead and secure a day (£39) or weekend (£89) pass right here. At Moseley Park from September 4 to 6. There's a huge line up, full bar, street food and our highlight, the traditional Sunday hay down. Competition t&c


Few films split straight down the middle as cleanly as this one. The first half, dealing with the creation of NWA and their rise from playing block parties to stadia, is a thrilling recreation of a thrilling period, capturing both the casual injustices meted out by a racist LAPD and the cathartic power of the music these injustices inspired. A sequence showing the creation of a certain song expressing dislike of the police could be lame in its directness, but instead has you punching the air at the cultural fightback it represented. Sadly, the second half, where the group breaks up, doesn’t quite have the same oomph. It’s harder to relate to the struggles of millionaires complaining about not being multi-milllionaires, even if it is fun to see Tupac and Snoop pass through the film and say hi. That said, the bravura energy of the first half is exciting as any action film.
  • Top notch circus, dance and street theatre will be occurring across Brum's Southside from 10.15am until 9pm on Saturday and Sunday. Interactive weaving event Tangle is probably the pick. More here
  • BrumYumYum is taking care of business at the JQ's StrEAT Market today (Thursday). From 12pm until 8pm, surround the build up to your bank holiday weekend with all of this
  • In a big huzzah to its juice-tastic Sunday wing nights, The Plough is hosting a wing eating contest on August 30. Tweet their poultry-based spin off account for more
  • Following a three-week run at the Fringe, but a handful of tickets remain for Mark Thomas' latest comedic offering. At mac Birmingham on September 23 & 24, Trespass will sell out shortly
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