To be honest, you can order anything on Birrieria Zaragoza's condensed menu and leave in a stunned stupor. But on a recent visit with Joe, I was introduced to an item not currently listed on the menu: Birria en Barro. What was Zaragoza holding back from me?
'birria' on Serious Eats
There are at least a dozen tacos trucks that line 5th Avenue in Sunset Park. But none are as fixed as Tacos El Bronco. At night, crowds swarm to the fluorescent light.
Among the late-night Hollywood set, there's a quiet war being waged on the streets. As you pile out of whatever expensive social experiment you spent the evening in, do you choose tacos or bacon-wrapped hot dogs? Both are delicious, widely available and an essential source of Vitamin-Sober. But for all the consistent greasy goodness that a street dog provides, it is no match for the wondrous highs of a perfectly executed taco. Particularly if it's the birria taco from Cactus Taqueria on Vine.
Birrierias are Mexican taquerias that specialize in birria (goat meat). Until I moved to Austin, I had never been to one. But as soon as I arrived and started poking around, I heard about a little hole-in-the-wall called El Borrego de Oro ("The Lamb of Gold") that apparently served the best birria in town. With an extensive menu of traditional taqueria fare, El Borrego doesn't qualify as a true birrieria, but the goat tacos stand up to anything you'll find in the state of Texas.