Some dishes just seem to taste better when it's cool and rainy out like it was tonight. The weather put me in the mood for a nice bowl of birria, so I headed to my local birrieria, Restaurant Jalisco, at the corner of Knott and Cerritos in Stanton.
I was the only person in the restaurant - not unusual for a night like this - but with the TV blaring "The Negotiator" and the jukebox blasting norteno tunes, it wasn't exactly quiet. But faster than it would take to get an order from In 'n' Out, I had a Tecate and a bowl of steaming birria about the size of half a bowling ball in front of me. The birria was accompanied by a dish of limes, onions and cilantro and a basket containing three fresh handmade corn tortillas.
The tortillas were excellent - thick and bursting with ripe, rich corn flavor. They were almost like thinner, unfilled pupusas (which Restaurant Jalisco also makes very well) with little flecks of yellow throughout. I was given pre-packaged tortillas on one occasion previously, so now I know to ask for fresh ones the next times I return. These tortillas are at about the same level of excellence as those at La Super Rica.
As for the birria: the goat was very rich, tender and slightly fatty - no bones or chewy gristle. The sauce was rich but not oily, as birria sometimes can be. The sauce had a good "essence of goat" reduction flavor to it with a light spiciness - perfect for warming up a cool rainy evening.
The entire meal cost $11.31, including tax ($7.50 for the birria; $3.00 for the Tecate). Meals like this make me hope that the wintry weather will hang on a few weeks longer.
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