"You Choose" — The Meat Shack

Each week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us

Venue: The Meat Shack, 17 Thorp Street, B5 4AT; website
Choice: Dutch Piggy (£8) Chooser: The streaky bacon made us do it

When was the last time you held a person in your arms because a burger tasted so damned good? For us, it was an hour before we wrote these words. And the manager at The Meat Shack didn't even look surprised — we weren't the first to very nearly weep over the meaty mysticism, and by God, we won't be the last. Aged beef patty adorned with dripping Dutch cheese, American cheese and streaky bacon is what this pocket of perfect is about, with ketchup, chipayo and crunchy onion flakes to do both texture and a gentle piquant. We hadn't even finished our first bite when we started lapping the room with Conga-esque excitement. And if you're all about the heat, opt for a Hell Shack (£7.50) complete with green chilli relish and Rib Man Holy F**k Sauce. Two bites were delicious but enough for us on this one — our companion in yum literally exhaled "Holy F**k" before totally getting the sauce on an almost meditative level. So very good with Birmingham Brewing Co's Pale Brummie — a thirst quenching citrusy little number. And as for the great Meat Shack vs OPM debate, we have a very clear response — we'll be eating precisely twice as many burgers. Menu