Mystery Birria place from recent NYTimes article - any ideas?
Yeah, I'm 99% certain it's Birrieria de Don Boni.
That place has been run by the same family since 1972 and back in August one of the original owners passed away and they changed it from Birrieria Jalisco to Don Boni in his honor.
It's a really good restaurant and a well-deserved Boyle Heights institution, but I think the NYT author insinuating that he found some unknown place is bit misleading. Birrieria Jalisco has been all over the LA boards for some time.
Seems like this is another case of the NYT being a little presumptuous about LA Mexican food (see the taco article from a few weeks ago).
My guess would be Birrieria de Don Boni, in Boyle Heights:
1) It's on the map (under its previous name of Birrieria Jalisco)
2) It recently changed its name
3) It's east of downtown
4) It's been around for 40 years and is perpetually packed
I haven't been there in a few years, but it used to be one of my favorites when I lived in LA!