After topping off with fish tacos https://www.chowhound.com/post/ensena... , we continued to the other side of Avenida Reforma to follow up a tip for Birriería El Cora.
Inside was hotter than the warm temperature outside. Perhaps this is good evidence that the birria is indeed al horno. Even though we were not hungry at all, the scent of the long-cooked meats had us salivating. And one of the most beautiful sounds on this earth . . . the steady pat, pat, pat of hands making corn tortillas to order . . . added to the anticipation.
The matron who provided table service was a bit incredulous (and grumpy) that our party of three would only order two tacos, a small cup of consomé and an horchata. But she soon warmed up and brought us extra tortillas and share plates without having to ask, plus this selection of fresh garnishes.
The slightly chewy tortillas were as wonderful as we'd hoped with the fresh toasty corn aroma from singeing the high spots. Between the goat birria (chivo) and lamb birria (borrego), I had a preference for the lamb this time. Both meats were grease-free, light and so juicy and succulent. The meaty depth of the lamb version made it my top pick, but I'd happily eat either again. The seasonings were robust enough but did not overwhelm the flavor of the high quality meats. The generous portions of meat in two tacos were big enough for three of us to share easily.
The fragrant consomé was a protein depth charge of meaty complexity and indescribably delicious. And the horchata was creamy and heavy with cinnamon. The bill for our repast was 77 pesos, less than US$5.
I asked the ladies what style of birria they cook here. The answer, "Estilo Nayarit", is a regional style of birria I've not run across before.
The textures and well-balanced seasoning of the birria at El Cora put it far ahead of other examples I've had in Ensenada. If I were in a longer term vacation rental, I would probably buy a to-go order of birria and consomé to heat at home for breakfast each morning.
Birriería El Cora
Calle Del Puerto 73, Av Mexico, Fracc. Bahía
22880 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
+52 646 177 2520
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