Birria at a gas station on PCH at 110
Driving through South Bay, I noticed a gas station (Valero?) advertising Birria Tamales Tacos Sabado y Domingo. Caught my eye, the birria part did. There was a restaurant that was sharing the site with the gas station, but I was trying not to rear-end the car in front of me, so I didn't get the name, although I recall that it wasn't at all Mexican sounding. But the banners were completely Mexican food. Does anyone know this place? (East bound on PCH just before the entrance to Harbor Freeway.)
I finally had a chance to stop today to check out this little place, close up. By the time I got there 4:00 on Saturday afternoon, they were sold out of the Birria and the Barbacoa de borrego (lamb), but I did take away some of the 'consome' and a couple of adobada tacos. The consome was tasty, and the tacos were pretty good, but nothing special, except that each taco was made with two little flour tortillas which I had never seen before, corn being my expectation. I forgot to ask if the birria was beef or goat. The barbacoa was advertised as DF style, and I'm anxious to try it. The man who served me said he roasted an entire borrego, but sorry it's gone. Next time. He called the consome 'juice', which I though he meant drippings, but it was quite clear, and relatively light in color, so I don't think it was drippings like I thought. I saw 'consome' on the board outside advertising the barbacoa, so I am certain that's what I got.
Does anyone know how this consome is made? Mine had a lot of fat, and some garbanzo beans. I liked it, and I can imagine that the meat would be delicious dunked in it, but I don't think it is 'juices' in the sense I'm accustomed to.
The shop is in the mini-mart portion of the gas station, and they even have a drive up window. Kind of funny, but probably easier to cook in than a taco truck.
By the way, just down the road is a taco truck Tacos El Gallito at the corner of Bixby and PCH. Couldn't stop in heavy traffic to check it out, but it looked promising.
Yes it is right at the offramp so between avoiding the street vendors and the oncoming traffic it is hard to get a good look. Used to be a burger joint before with some kind of middle eastern slant I think. Next time I go past I will at least try to walk in and give it a sniff. The thing that held me back was that the signs looked kinda "slick" with real glossy photos (I was stuck at the end of the offramp for a while...) What I actually want to do is go east and explore some of the interesting loooking places along Figueroa, Main, Anaheim and PCH.