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Friday 29 January 2021

Birria Mi Casita

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As the pandemic has taken a wide toll on the restaurant industry, many home-based businesses have been taking to Instagram and Facebook and growing their operations. Of course they offer good solutions locally for neighbors, but home pickups with orders placed over social media or by text have never been more desirable, making them good options for those coming from afar as well.
In sprawling Sun Valley, the home of Chef Don Javier and La Jefa Ninnette exists on an arm of the neighborhood that reaches out between the north end of the Burbank Airport and the 5. They were first open for business in 2018, where presumably word of mouth in the area kept them busy on weekends. To reach a wider audience, their Instagram and Facebook pages were created in April and May of last year, respectively, and now their business is offered to anyone in the city.

Down a residential street packed with double-parked pickup trucks and with plenty of ranchera music audible from houses during good weather, small signs in front announce both birria and carnitas available on weekends. The style here is from Michoacรกn, but it is also estilo Sun Valley. A bull in their logo shows that they originally specialized in beef birria, but now they also offer goat.

You can order both for $12/lb, or get a plate with rice and beans. The birria de res plate ($10, above) like its goat equivalent is good value especially because of their outstanding beans, so full of fatty umami. Large chunks of beef swim in delicious birria broth and should be blanketed by the included cilantro and onions. It already contains some citrus flavor so give it a taste before squirting more in.

Despite that bull on the logo, their birria de chivo is even tastier. Enjoy it and its consomรฉ with a quesotaco plate ($12, above), which is also served with all the fix-ins. Quesotacos deserve to be eaten immediately off the grill for maximum crispiness, so grab at least one or two of them before throwing them in the trunk.
The goat meat to cheese ratio of these small tacos is perfect, and the deeply flavorful consomรฉ is perfect for dunking or drinking, or both. The spicy chile de รกrbol salsa can really bring the heat so use it with caution at first.

On a next visit, the carnitas will have to be tried and that report will be updated here.


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