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[AUS] El Borrego de Oro

Nab | | Nov 13, 2006 03:18 PM

Having just moved here a few weeks ago, all kinds of things seem to be catching my eye and causing whiplash as I drive around town. In particular, anytime I see a little picture of a goat/lamb on a sign, I reflexively hit the brakes, much to the annoyance of drivers in tow.

I spotted that little borrego on S. Congress & Ben White and decided to make my Sunday comfort meal out of a bowl of birria.* The broth was very rich and not overly salty like some that have been made with block-bouillon. It had a slight lamb flavor imparted by the meat, and was moderately spicy, but not so much in a Scoville-way. Huge chunks & strands of shredded lamb, and the requisite side of garnishes (cilantro, chopped onions, chopped jalapenos, lime). Hand-made corn tortillas with beautiful char-marks and edges that were ever-so-slightly crispy. Very satisfying, and the best thing I've eaten since I've been in town. They also have the "dry" birria, which is basically just the meat served in plate-form (beans, rice). I wish I had more room to sample their other offerings.

El Borrego de Oro
3900 S. Congress
Austin, TX 78704

*For the unfamiliar, birria is a relative of barbacoa, and is usually goat/lamb that is cooked in the presence of some liquid in a tightly sealed vessel. The liquid that is rendered out from the meat is then further made into a consomme of sorts.