13 isn't always an unlucky number. In fact, 13 is very lucky for the foodies of Brum, as it's the number of brand new restaurants opening in the city this autumn.
September is all about new beginnings. The kids are starting back at school, many holidaymakers are heading back to work after fun in the sun and foodies are returning to what they love the most: food.
It's a good job that the Birmingham food scene can keep up!
Here's where's just opened, where's about to open, and what you can expect with everything that's coming to Brum this autumn...
(Remember: Restaurant opening dates are often subject to change. We'll do our best to keep you updated)
New in Birmingham: Just Opened
Nakira Bar and Grill
Recognising the gap in the market for an African restaurant in the city centre, Dexter Lasswell from Zimbabwe has opened his new venture on John Bright Street.
Nakira Bar and Grill is decorated with traditional African furnishings and serves a seriously unique menu which includes springbok steak, crocodile burgers and ostrich rump.
This is one for the serious meat-eaters, and not for the faint of heart!
Boston Tea Party - Edgbaston
Those familar with Boston Tea Party will know that breakfast is not just for mornings, it's for all day long.
And now you can grab some of their morning magic whenever you feel like a cooked breakfast, a delicious smoothie, or a bowl of crunchy granola in Edgbaston at their brand new restaurant. Because it's always breakfast-time somewhere!
Boston Tea Party Edgbaston is open for business (and open for breakfast) now on Harborne Road.
The Canal House
If The Botanist is your usual choice for cocktails, you'll love the The Canal House.
As The New World Trading Company's second Birmingham site, it's sure to draw in the masses with its beautiful canalside location and impressive drinks menu.
There's 60 unique world ales and a great selection of cocktails to charm you.
They're not short of grub either, with rotisserie chicken, pork and lamb among the menu highlights.
Find The Canal House on Bridge Street by the canal, just across from the Mailbox.
Bringing a taste of real authentic Italian food to Birmingham, Laghi's Deli sells produce sourced from Italy and serves freshly baked bread.
Open now on Islington Row, Laghi's Deli is serving brunch, lunch and dinner.
From pizzas with unusual toppings - like blue cheese nuts and sausage and potatoes - to traditional mussels soup, the new addition to Birmingham's Italian restaurant selection is turning the heads of foodies all over the city.
The Indian Streatery
Located on Bennett's Hill in what once was occupied by Adam's restaurant, The Indian Streatery is the new restaurant and cocktail bar opened by Digbeth Dining Club regulars Indian Rasoi.
You can enjoy the same street food menu that is served by Indian Rasoi, as well as additional vegetarian options.
But the star of the show is the parathas. They're serving the traditional Indian flatbread with a variety of different fillings and sauces.
New In Birmingham: Coming Soon
The Indian street food trend is big this year! Coming to Grand Central at the end of September, Mowgli is promising to serve 'real street food'.
That includes the Goan fish curry and Mother butter chicken, otherwise known as chicken tikka masala.
You will also be able to try the Himalayan cheese on toast and the Gunpowder chicken poppers will be available if you're looking for a healthier appetite.
It's even owned by celebrity YouTube vlogger Nisha Katona.
You can expect to find Mowgli between Cath Kidston and John Lewis soon.
Las Iguanas - Temple Street
The South American chain restaurant is soon going to appear on Temple Street.
You can already taste their Cuban sandwiches and burritos in Brum as Las Iguanas have venues in Arcadian Centre and Resorts World, but the opening of a restaurant on Temple Street should get even more people talking.
This venue will be slightly different to the others too, with more of a focus on Latin food, and dishes inspired by African, Portuguese and American food as well.
Sabai Sabai - Waterloo Street
Sabai Sabai is an award-winning Thai restaurant that serves up wonderfully authentic grub in the suburbs.
Though they have branches in Moseley and Harborne, Sabai Sabai will soon be opening another restaurant in the Colmore Business District, in the Grade II-listed 8 Waterloo Street, which already boasts 31 luxury serviced apartments.
They aim to bring traditional and authentic Thai food, including green and yellow curries, and a selection of noodles dishes, to the city centre later this year.
Dirty Martini, which is already popular in London and Cardiff, will open its eleventh branch on the corner of Waterloo Street and Bennetts Hill in Birmingham.
The company motto is 'spirited sophistication' and they have a mix of interesting cocktails and drinks available to order.
Food will be served alongside the extensive drinks menu, and includes buttermilk chicken and cheese sliders with Bloody Mary ketchup.
Fumo - Selfridges
Fumo, the hugely popular Italian restaurant on Waterloo Street, is set to open a restaurant, champagne and cocktail bar on the 4th floor of Selfridges this autumn.
They serve a small but authentic menu that changes seasonally, making Fumo perfect for the elegant and sophisticated designer shopping floor of Selfridges.
Expect pappardelle with porcini & truffle oil, spiedino of monkfish and prawn marinated in garlic, parsley and lemon, and crab & avocado with Sardinian flat bread.
Following the success of their Nottingham eatery, Tamatanga are opening a second site in Birmingham.
...And they're bringing the Indian boozy brunches with them!
From hearty biryanis and classic curries to more unusual offerings, Tamatanga is renowned for its thalis, filling grill platters, warming wraps and zingy salads.
The new restaurant will be located on Navigation Street, and is due to open in September.
Set to open on 5 City Arcade in October, Fressh promise 100% plant-based food which are mainly vegan twists on classics.
Kale Ceaser, taco bowls, guac burgers and mac n cheese are all expected to be on the menu.
Fressh's aim to is share healthy, delicious, wholesome fast food with Birmingham, providing an exciting new spot for veggies in Brum to try out.
For those in Sutton Coldfield, coffee-lovers, cocktail drinkers and Mediterranean-style food guzzlers can get excicted.
Cafe Botanico promise a Mediterranean oasis with contemporary urban decor and a fabulous menu.
From specialist coffees to pastries, and salads to cakes, it's all about to arrive in Sutton Coldfield.
UPDATE: The Meat Shack
Much to our embarassment, an earlier version neglected to mention the arrival of The Meat Shack in Southside... #awkward
Luckily they gave us a gentle nudge on Twitter.
The much-loved street food burger mavens have gone bricks and mortar with a new spot on Thorp Street.
In their own words they're serving:
"A 5oz hefty hunk of well aged grass fed beef, hand 'smashed', creating the best, crispy caramalisation of beefiness on the outside, leaving all the dripping filthy goodness on the inside.
We use only the finest and filthiest ingredients we can lay our hands on locally."
More restaurants in Birmingham...
We're very excited about all the new restaurants arriving in Birmingham this autumn! There'll be lots of new grub to taste and drinks to sip as the nights draw in and you-know-what approaches.
For more restaurants, bars and cafes that we rate, check the restaurant finder.
Editorial feature - no payment received. We attended launch events at The Canal House and The Indian Streatery. Las Iguanas sent us a gift pack to announce their launch.
Posted by Niamh Carpenter