I've been intrigued by Birria Apatzingan on many trips down the 99 to LA, and finally had a chance to pull in a few weeks ago. Right off the freeway at the Ave. 200 exit, with a large parking lot. A perfect pit stop if the food is good, and (yay!) it was.
There is a fairly extensive menu, including Mexican breakfast (served all day IIRC) but we were there to try the birria. Several sizes; a large bowl was about $8 and made a perfect, filling lunch. Chips and two salsas to start weren't that impressive, but the birria came out quickly, and was great. Delicious broth, large chunks of tender goat, good amount of heat and lots of flavor. Cilantro, lime and chopped sweet onion served on the side, along with lovely, house made tortillas. Both hubby and I savored every drop.
Pleasant diner-type ambiance, with comfortable, slightly worn booths and a counter. Service was friendly, both English and Spanish spoken. Most folks were also enjoying the birria, not surprisingly, although I did see a good looking enchilada plate come out of the kitchen.
There was a freezer case which held some paletas and helados, but we were full and decided to pass on grabbing treats for the road. Next time.
Recommended; this and La Perla in Delano are the best Mexican alternatives I've found on the drive between Merced and LA....
1066 Rankin Ave, Tulare, CA 93274