Birria Jalisciense

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Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize winning food critic for the L.A. Weekly.  This week he heads to El Monte for the classic Mexican dish Birria.  Jonathan recommends La Barca Jalisco for birria or molcajetes. 

Birria is a thick stew of goat served with a vinegar hot sauce.  Molcajete is served in a mortar (as in mortar and pestle) with chicken, grilled beef, cactus paddles, Jalisco-style string cheese and a "spicy sludge" of chiles, tomatoes and onions.

La Barca Jalisco
10817 Valley Mall, El Monte, (626) 452-2121