I remember first having Jacket Potatoes in the food court of The Pavilion, a mall of sorts in the city center. It had just opened, so I'm talking more than a decade back, and the place used to be full of people. My love for Jacket Potatoes (or Baked Potatoes) has pretty much grown ever since.
The best part about the meal is that potatoes are baked, not fried, and you can choose wether you want to butter it up or not depending on your lifestyle preference. There is no end to the fillings that can be added. Cottage cheese has always been my favorite, but baked beans, chicken curry, corn, all add a distinct taste to the crispy skinned potatoes.
Now, if you have been reading my blog, specifically the article of the streets of Birmingham, Where the Streets Have Names, then you would know that one of my favorite streets is Needless Alley. Right next to the alley in the city center is Tesco and right opposite you can find a little red stand of The Potato Man.
It's a small little stand that you pass by most days when going shopping or work in the center and around lunch you can easily identify it by the long line culminating there.
So why am I blogging about a potato stand? Well, for the same reason you find a long line of people waiting patiently for their Jacket Potatoes every afternoon. They quite simply serve the best Jacket Potatoes I have ever come across in my life. The potatoes are baked just right, there is a good variety of choices when it comes to fillings, they butter up the potatoes (if asked) quite well, they provide service with a smile, the potatoes are good sized, and best of all you get pretty much a filling meal for about £2.50 (without drinks).
So, the next time you are in Birmingham, UK and in the city center for a day of shopping, window or otherwise, grab a scrumptious bite at The Potato Man. I do have to warn you, they usually run out of by late afternoon, so make sure you get them early.