This New Year brings a new wave of food and drink spots preparing to serve up their best to Birmingham's spoilt-for-choice punters.
While some in the industry predict 2018 will be tough, a number of local independent venues are looking confident as they plan to expand, open new branches or launch new concepts.
Meanwhile, the city will also be welcoming a few more of those national restaurant chains who are only just realising what Birmingham has to offer...
The new centre for the sweet-toothed is on Alcester Road and seats 100, making it the new dessert mecca of Moseley.
Dishes include Belgian waffles, cookie dough, crepes, sundaes and a range of mocktails.
The Indian Brewery (expansion)
It was only a matter of time before the wildly popular craft beer and Indian street food spot outgrew its premises.
Luckily, the railway arch next door was available and has now been converted into a funky new bar space with room for 90.
The Birmingham Whisky Club
What happens when you combine a growing club of whisky enthusiasts, carefully nurtured for 7 years, with a heritage building full of character and room for over 60 punters?
You get Birmingham's first proper whisky bar, dedicated to discovering, tasting, drinking and celebrating the 'water of life'.
It opens at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter on Vyse Street in late January.
Mixology supremo Rob Wood's latest project is set to be a more accessible bar, drawing on the same creativity and drinks wizardry that he brought to his 'secret' Smultronställe. (and it's located not a million miles away either...)
In his own words, you can expect that 'drinks will be super tasty, served at lightning speeds by mega friendly people.'
Over the past few years, Anas-Zein Al-Abdeen and his team have quietly taken Birmingham's cafe scene by storm, offering something different in a landscape of cookies, cupcakes and paninis.
Their Syrian flatbreads, Lebanese dips and Turkish coffees charmed us all. The Moseley flagship was followed by a city centre branch in 2017 and Harborne is underway for 2018.
Revolucion de Cuba
After one or two false starts it seems the Cuban Revolution is finally coming to Birmingham - or at least the official version of it.
While Birmingham is no stranger to rum, cocktails or Cuban-themed venues, the new branch of the national chain will set up shop in the heart of town, on Temple Street.
The Wilderness (move)
What with the recent success of their chef Louisa Ellis on MasterChef: The Professionals, it's looking like a bright 2018 for experimental fine diner The Wilderness.
Spring 2018 will see them up sticks and move to a permanent base on Bennett's Hill, to occupy a majestic former bank building.
We've heard much about the advent of this: one of London's most famous luxury brands.
It's an upmarket brasserie and bar, set for Temple Row and promising to serve 'the best of modern British dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.'
Still no official opening date but you'll hear about it when there is!
Viva Brazil is dead. Long live Dirty Martini. Here's hoping the new occupant will be able to hold its own in the competitive Bennetts Hill cluster of bars and restaurants.
They have a good track record, aready serving 'sophisticated, handcrafted cocktails' in ten other spots around the country.
The Head of Steam
Can Bennett's Hill take any more? The gastronomically gorged street will be welcoming yet another spot in 2018 - craft beer pub The Head of Steam.
Spring 2018 will see Camerons Brewery bring their tried-and-tested line of keg and cask beers, regional cider and paired food offerings to the city.
Greenfield Crescent is the spot chosen for the long-awaited second branch of Loki Wines, where their established blend of wine buying, sampling and tasting events is set to be replicated.
We hear a Moseley branch is also still on the cards, with a spot secured on St Mary's Row.
Fiesta del Asado Shirley
Argentinian steak in all its meaty, wood-fire-grilled glory is the name of the game at Fiesta. Six years on from its arrival on Hagley Road, the venture is to get a sister restaurant on Stratford Road.
This will be the latest new spot for the Lasan Group, a successful stable of local restaurants headed by Jabbar Khan including Nosh & Quaff, Izza, Raja Monkey and high-end Lasan.
Would it be cruel to suggest NRI stands for 'not really imminent' after this opening was pushed back again and again last year? Suffice it to say the new date is Easter 2018 and we're sure it will be worth the wait.
NRI actually stands for 'Not Really Indian', reflecting Michelin-starred chef Atul Kockkar's desire to create something inspired by travels and flavours beyond his native India.
Do you know Quinto Lounge in Sutton Coldfield? Or Arco Lounge in Harborne? There's now to be a new Lounge in Moseley, right on the high street on the spot where Prezzo currently stands.
The quirky Birmingham bar and cafe chain has begun recruitment and hopes to open in early 2018.
[Photo: Quinto Lounge by Antony Potts]
Watch this space...
We're always hearing of new places, so keep an eye out for future updates as they come to our attention.
Here's to a tasty 2018!
Posted by Ahmed Ahmed