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Muy Pronto Fonda y Birrieria Jalisco - Raleigh

FuzzyT | Feb 25, 200808:40 AM     7

We've had a new opening in Raleigh: Muy Pronto Fonda y Birrieria Jalisco.

They're located off Wake Forest Rd, in one of the outrigger buildings surrounding the surrounding the Super Wal-Mart. See the Places link for a map and other info.

This is a new offering from the folks that run the Los Tres Magueyes restaurants. Those are more typical Mexican restaurant fare, but always done up very well. I've only eaten at their Danville, VA location, but it's become a regular stop on the route to see family in Virginia. With four or more locations, I guess you could call them a chain; but the general vibe is very friendly, indie and family-run.

Though the basic vibe is similar, the new location is different sort of offering. The menu is less about the standard MexiAmerican fare and more traditional Mexican. They have tacos (the real kind, w/ soft masa tortillas, onion and cilantro), tortas and sopes. There are seafood and meat platters. And various soups and stews. Among these the signature dish is Birria, a rich, red and redolent cabrito (goat) and dried chili stew. It's served with masa tortillas, onions, cilantro, and radishes. Pure heaven I tried it for the first time this weekend and highly recommend it. They also make a delicious posole stew in a red, not clear, broth with pork and posole corn kernels. This is similar to the Birria and might be a good starting point for anyone shy about the cabrito.

They also have an assortment of traditional beverages: horchata, jugos, licuadas as well as beer and sodas. No tequila sitings, but a permit may be in the works. I didn't ask.

The dining room is casual, but very nicely done. Definitely a step or two above most of the local taqueria joints. The menu is on the wall and you order and pay at the counter. The staff brings out your order when it's ready. Like their other restaurants it has a nice assortment of handmade touches. And very friendly and helpful service. Spanish seems to be the first language, but I had no problems communicating.

It will take some time to work through the extensive menu, but so far so good. Everything I've had (posole, birria, carne asada tacos) have been very good. It'll be hard to get myself to order something other than the posole or birria, but I'm sure I'll find a way. Tortas and seafood soups are next up.

This /almost/ makes up for Las Cascadas closing. In any case, this is a place I'll be frequenting for some time to come.

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Muy Pronto Fonda y Birrieria Jalisco
1600 Ronald Dr Ste 107, Raleigh, NC 27609

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