Birria, which can translate to “junk," is a traditional goat stew from the Mexican state of Jalisco. Some restaurants call it “birria de res,” which SpanishDict.com says, without hesitation, is stew. While birria can be a meal on its own, it also has a side hustle for cheesy tacos, or tacos de birria.
At Chilangos, chef Joel Mendoza ladles birria broth over cheesy tacos, called la costra, as they’re heating on the grill. A small bowl is served with the taco for extra dipping.
We’ve also seen birria at 225 BBQ, which, as the name implies, is a barbecue trailer first and foremost. Pit maestro Rene Ramirez added birria to the menu one week, right about the time the price of brisket started to skyrocket. Customers loved it, and it was more affordable than slabs of meat.
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It was Anaya who inspired Jesus García of Kintaro Ramen to take a dip in this cultural stew. García became fascinated with ramen after working at FiveSixty by Wolfgang Puck in Dallas. The thick bowls of broth reminded him of the soups he was raised on.
García founded Oni Ramen in Deep Ellum several years ago (he has a small ownership role now) and opened a ghost kitchen in Fort Worth this year. He uses the space to conjure up broth for a takeout business there and also for Kintaro Ramen in Arlington. The $10 bowls of thick and rich tonkotsu served with roasted pork belly are succulent.
Kintaro is open for both dine-in and takeout, and they have a small patio with two tables, socially distanced. Watch 225 BBQ’s Facebook for their days and hours, which fluctuate depending on if they're in Arlington or Balch Springs. Calisciene has a dedicated spot in Fort Worth at 3318 East Belknap Blvd. and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or sellout) Wednesday through Saturday.