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Feb 13, 2011 02:52 AM

Barbacoa de Borrego

O.K, so it's been about six months since we've moved back to the Bay Area from San Diego. I haven't mixed any food from San Diego until recently. I've been experiencing some serious withdraws for the lamb at Aqui es Texcoco down in Chula Vista. It's basically a place that served all things lamb. Their website describes their offerings as Barbacoa de Borrego and the lamb rib tacos Dorados is making me my mouth water at 3:45am. This taco is boneless lamb rib meat that is put on a tortilla which then is folded and fried crispy in a fat that I strongly suspect is made up in part with lamb fat.

Any thing like that in the Bay Area?


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  1. El Huarache Azteca usually has barbacoa de borrego on weekends. I usually have ask for the special habanero salsa that goes with it. Sometimes they forget to serve the broth. They don't normally fry the tacos but you could ask for a taco dorado de barbacoa.

    El Huarache Azteca
    3842 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

    1. 've not had it, but La Casita Chilanga in Redwood City, the branch on Middlefield Road was known for its DF style barbacoa de borrego. No one has mentioned it for a while. It might be weekends only.

      If that doesn't work, nearby Los Gemelos makes a fine birria de chivo (young goat) and beef barbacoa.

      Don't know whether you can get a taco dorado at either place.

      La Casita Chilanga
      2928 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063

      Los Gemelos Taqueria (store)
      2855 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA

      3 Replies
      1. re: Melanie Wong

        A year ago, Borrego was only on Sundays at La Casita Chilanga.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Same situation with the Casita Chilanga branch on El Camino Real: The lamb tacos are weekends only. While you're there, don't miss the relatively rare beef rib meat tacos -- alternately referred to as suaperro or suaderro. It's a drier taco, that takes well to sauce. If you like the crunchy, crusty bits of pastor, this is worth trying ...

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Don't know how old this menu/web site is but it shows the barbacoa de borrego at La Casita Chilanga on El Camino in Redwood City. My understanding was that they don't do it at the Middlefield Rd. location but I don't know for sure...


          2. I had some barbacoa de borrego at Taqueria Vallarta on Mission in the Excelsior over the weekend that was pretty good. Not as good as El Huarache Azteca, but great for not having to drive to Oakland. I am in SF. As a side note, we go to that taqueria because they have great tacos al vapor for $1.50. I'm crazy for the lengua. They also have a place on 24th in the Mission that has the same griddle/steamer set-up for the meats. You can usually get barbacoa tacos(not crispy ones).

            ETA: I can't figure out how to add a link to the Vallarta on Mission, so the address is 4697 Mission St. cross of Persia St.

            El Huarache Azteca
            3842 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

            Taqueria Vallarta
            3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            1. re: srr

              This morning I walked by Taqueria Vallarta #2 in the Excelsior, spotted the sign offering barbacoa estilo Hidalgo, wondered if anyone has tried it, and here you are.

            2. Recently I stumbled upon the fact that Casa de Maria, where I had enjoyed barbacoa de borrego many years ago before it disappeared from Oakland (, had relocated to San Leandro: