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Dec 5, 2006 02:15 PM

Birria de Chivo

Has anyone found goat birria in the City of San Diego? Kare_Risu I think I recall you saying you found it in North County, can you refresh my memory as to where.

Also, is the birria place on El Cajon doing birria de cordero (lamb) still in business.

TIA the DD

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  1. I have had it at Super Cocina and Los Panchos in Pacific Beach (Weekends Only). Birria on the menu not in the steam table. Los Panchos does a good job, I've only seen it on the weekends. If you have not visited the PB Los Panchos it is a diamond amongst coal under the Los Panchos banner. Besides the biriea, they also do a nice Queso Fundido, Chile Verde, and the cocktails are good.


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    1. re: stevuchan

      Finally had my first birria de chivo experience today at Super Cocina. I was surprised at how similar it was to lamb. The broth was incredible.

      1. re: Josh

        Everytime I go to SC I have to get it, best in town IMO. Glad you enjoyed it.


        1. re: stevuchan

          The guy there told me they soak it in vinegar and lime to reduce the gaminess. I'll definitely be having it again.

        2. re: Josh

          I believe that Indian dishes that call for lamb are actually intended for goat.

      2. I, like stevuchan, have had it it at Super Cocina and it is excellent. The indoor market on Imperial Ave has it - I am almost postively sure (Kirk posted on this place and I did a Chowhound post a while back).

        Down Imperial is an actual Birreria.

        As far as the Lamb restaurant, El Borrego - I havent been there in a long time but they continue to advertise in the Mexican weekly I get. In light of this, I think they are still in business. I like this restaurant as much as Super Cocina. The service and people who run it are wonderful and I love the cosy feel and glorious food. I regret not having been back in a while.

        In the North County, it was the Tortilleria Los Reyes that has it on the weekends along with barbacoa de borrego estilo pachuca (wrapped in maguey leaves) and revelatory carnitas.

        I have also had it at El Tigre which has a branch near the border, along with Escondido and Fallbrook (weekend only).

        Its pretty common in Escondido as well - let me know if your interested in this locale.

        Hope this helps! Don't forget the lime, cebolla, cilantro, and chile arbol!

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        1. re: kare_raisu

          For North County I'd also add Karina's in Leucadia, right there on Hwy. 101.

          1. re: cgfan

            Also El Nopalito in Cardiff on Santa Fe Drive next to the 7-11 has birria de chivo, as does the market in Vista that you can see from 78 (can't remember the name, but on the weekend you can't miss it for all the smoke from the BBQ).

          2. re: kare_raisu

            I'm in the search for some good goat Birria. Does Tortilleria Los Reyes still do it on the weekends? It looks like El Tigre is closed now near the border. Does the Escodido location have it still? Certainly looking for any updates since 2006! Anywhere in SDcounty is just fine.

            1. re: koreansoup

              As of 2 weeks ago Los Reyes in Vista was still serving birria de chivo on the weekends.

          3. You guys are talking GOAT birria, right? The request I got for it was specifically for goat (it's for someone from Jalisco who will be visiting SD) and they were very clear that birria made from beef was not going to work for them.

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            1. re: DiningDiva

              The reference to Karina's was for goat birria, and I can vouch for Super Cocina as well...

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Super Cocina's birria is made with goat.

              2. Perfect, thanks so much. I had already passed on Super Cocina as a possibility. I will let the person in question know it's on the menu.

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                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Yes, for sure Birria de Chivo (Goat).

                2. "Super Bronco" (I believe) on Linda Vista road, about halfway between USD and Vien Dong. South side of road. It's on the menu all the time. Their carrots - 50 cents for a big bag - are outstanding as well. The place is so good I pull over and get something there just because I see a parking place available.