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Oct 22, 2013 03:58 PM

HELP! Best birria in SD?!

¿dónde está

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  1. Asi Es Jalisco 1037 Broadway Chula Vista 91910

    1. Not to exactly birria, but it hits a similar target - the superb Texcoco style lamb barbecue with consommé at Aqui es Texcoco in Chula.

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      1. re: SaltyRaisins

        Which is the other end of the same building (next parking lot, but it is one long building) as Asi es Jalisco.

        Cuisinetoujours can go to both on the same trip!

        1. re: Cathy

          Excellent double-header idea, Cathy. Speaking literally, of course.

          1. re: SaltyRaisins

            Many, many thanks! Are there any ideas for a bed - or hospital - nearby.......

            1. re: SaltyRaisins

              Wonderful recommendation -- went for the double-header and loved every minute of it. No hospital bed necessary - many thanks!

            2. re: Cathy

              Their websites, close proximity and storefront designs have a similar/different feel that reminds me of the early Robertos/Albertos rivalry.

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            1. Would like to share an article - and then ask if you think any place in the San Diego area can compete in any of the domains covered:


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              1. re: cuisinetoujours

                Aside from the fact the article is one of the most obnoxious, tedious and pretentious articles on Mexican food that I've read in a long time - AND - the error in identifying the cheese in the photo at the top of the article (for the record it's quesillo, not panela), in a word - NO - there is nothing that comes close to what was covered in the article.

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Slow clap - lazy, ignorant reporting really chafes my...

                  Speaking of parts, is birria correctly used as a cover name for stewed meat that can come from any animal and any part thereof?

                  1. re: Gypsy Jan

                    Birria is a soupy/stewy, long cooking (braised) dish based on chiles and other spices. I've had beef, pork and goat birria. The whole animal is usually involved, not just assorted or random parts.

                    There is a truly outstanding birria place just south of the airport in Guadalajara called El Chololo that does really wonderful goat birria. The place is ginormous, probably seating somewhere between 800-1,000 people. On the weekends extended families come and make a day of it. Waiters will plop a bottle of tequila on the table with a mark at the level of the tequila in the bottle. You pay for what you drink. There are amusements to keep the kids occupied and happy and dueling mariachis. And then there is the birria. Braised in a secret combination of chiles and spices, the goat is finished in adobe ovens and basted with the pan juices so that it acquires a burnished and utterly delicious glaze. A lot (most perhaps) is served as meat and consume together. At El Chololo the consume is served first followed by the meat, tortillas and the ubiquitous plate of chopped white onion, cilantro and chile. It makes for a tremendously satisfying meal.

                    Earlier this month I attended the 10th annual Encuentro de la Cocina Tradicional de Michoacan in Morelia. One of the best dishes I tried was Birra de Puerco. Cooked in a copper pot over an open flame built on the ground, it was ridiculously good. You can see it cooking below. Very low tech ;-)

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      "On the weekends extended families come and make a day of it"

                      Wow. Now that's what I'm talking about.

                      1. re: The Office Goat

                        There are hundreds of places like this all over Mexico. It's not unusual to see multiple generations of families spending time together. Some have large TVs so the men can keep up with the soccer games, many have hammocks to sleep off the excess, there's even one with a family of monkeys to entertain the kids.

                        Wish we had something like this here. Closest you can get are at the summer restos in the Valle de Guadalupe.

                        1. re: DiningDiva

                          Family of monkeys...I dream of such a resto in SD. Monkeys aren't just for kids.

                          Thank you for your birria description. You, M'lady, are a true gourmand.

                          Carry on.

                          1. re: SaltyRaisins

                            Aw, shucks Salty. . .Thanks.

                            For the monkeys you'll have to head out to Zaachila, Oaxaca

              2. This awesome blog likes Fernandez Restaurant in South Bay:


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                1. re: guide boy

                  I haven't tried the birria at Fernandez Restaurant, but I have eaten with the authors of the blog. Their recommendations are usually pretty spot on.

                  Based on my experience with them, I'd say it's worth checking out :-)

                  1. re: guide boy

                    This place serves up some good grub!

                    A piping hot bowl of birria, full of flavor, with bits of melt in your mouth buttery chunks of tendon.

                    Personally, I am partial to lamb or goat (birria de res (beef) here). That being said, I would certainly go back again..

                    1. re: koreansoup

                      Birria de res. Sippy cup not included

                      1. re: koreansoup

                        This photo is almost enough to get me to drive down there immediately! Yum. Today is a perfect day for birria (or any other soup, for that matter).