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Where to Find Birria Around the Twin Cities

It’s all about that consomé for dipping and sipping

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From its origins in the Jalisco region of Mexico to its evolution in Tijuana, the popularity of birria is spreading around the country like crazy. One may argue that this has become one of the hottest food trends in major cities largely as a result of social media. Finally, the birria movement seems to be hitting the Twin Cities — even showing up at some unlikely places — and we are here for it.

For those who may not know exactly what birria is, here’s a quick lesson on the dish in its various forms. First there’s birria de caldo, a meaty soup traditionally served for celebratory occasions in Mexico comprised of an adobo chile-based broth and made with goat, birria de chivo. However, as most cuisines inevitably do, the dish has evolved in a number of ways including quesabirria, a Tijuana-rooted variant where slow cooked beef is loaded into broth-dipped tortillas, folded and fried with cheese on a flat top grill, and served with a side of the broth (consomé) for dipping. Raw diced onion and finely chopped cilantro adorn the shredded meat. It’s the comfort food that you didn’t know you needed until now.

From family-owned authentic taquerias to accoladed chef restaurants, here are 10 places to find birria in the Twin Cities. Many of the dishes below are specials, so be sure to check online menus and social media for availability.

Restaurants are listed geographically from west to east.

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The Linden hills neighborhood restaurant and cafe recently added a surprise on its takeout menu. Found under the entree section is the birria tacos special which boasts Oaxaca cheese, slow roasted braised brisket, and Mexican-style adobo broth. This occasional addition to the menu comes from Tilia’s sous chef Roberto who created this special.

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Petite León

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Chef Jorge Guzmán’s Kingfield spot recently offered a special on its takeout menu for a birria beef torta and due to its popularity is now a menu regular. The birria brisket sandwich is rich with Chihuahua cheese, cilantro, onions, and salsa picante on a toasted roll with a side of caldo de chipotle (spicy broth). Order online and order early (for takeout only) as this torta has been selling out quickly. 

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Nixta Tortilleria & Mexican Takeout

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Located in Northeast, chef Gustavo Romero and team are making tortillas using nixtamalization, a process of soaking heirloom Mexican corn in an alkaline solution to loosen the outer hull. The multicolored corn tortillas are being used to make a Saturday-only rotating special quesa birria tacos, what they’re calling Mexican French dip, with Oaxaca cheese, beef birria, and birria caldo for dipping. 

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Taco Taxi

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This East Lake Street spot is owned by brothers hailing from the Jalisico region of Mexico. They offer an authentic birria de caldo or you can order traditional tacos with choice of meat topped with chopped onion and cilantro and a side of consomé de birria.

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Taqueria y Birrieria Las Cuatro Milpas

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A giant green awning that reads “make tacos not walls” marks the exterior of this East Lake Street taqueria. They have an extensive menu with lots of options but if it’s quesabirria you’re after, order the taco dorado birria con queso and be sure to get one of their many agua frescas. Order five of the fried tacos and you’ll get your side of consomé free.

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Village Pub

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St. Anthony’s Village Pub has a long-running non-menu special that has stuck around due to its popularity, thanks largely to social media. The pub’s take on birria tacos is a little less traditional with melted jack cheese on corn tortillas, slow cooked beef, and lots of chopped onions and cilantro with a side of broth.

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Homi Restaurant

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This Mexican restaurant located on University Ave in Frogtown is family-owned, operated, and serving tacos de birria — or what they’re calling “wet tacos” — with chopped onion, cilantro, lime, and a side of consomé. Homi is open for takeout and delivery. 

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Taco Libre

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Taco Libre has three metro locations in West St. Paul, Oakdale, and Edina for dine-in, takeout, or delivery and their menu includes quesabirria tacos. You’ll get three beef and cheese tacos with onions and cilantro, served with cup of consomé.

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El Burrito Mercado

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The West Side family-owned Mexican market/cafeteria/cafe/caterer offers a huge selection of items for takeout or delivery including birria queso tacos with green salsa and consomé. Along with any dishes from their extensive restaurant menu, you can also order groceries and bakery goods online.

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Martha’s Food Garage

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Located inside the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center on St. Paul’s Eastside, Martha’s Food Garage offers an authentic Jalisco-style birria-focused menu for takeout only. The menu includes not only birria tacos but also birria tortas, quesadillas, and birria-style ramen. Plan accordingly as Martha’s is only available on Sundays and accepts cash.

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Tilia

Tilia/Instagram

The Linden hills neighborhood restaurant and cafe recently added a surprise on its takeout menu. Found under the entree section is the birria tacos special which boasts Oaxaca cheese, slow roasted braised brisket, and Mexican-style adobo broth. This occasional addition to the menu comes from Tilia’s sous chef Roberto who created this special.

Tilia/Instagram

Petite León

Petite León/Instagram

Chef Jorge Guzmán’s Kingfield spot recently offered a special on its takeout menu for a birria beef torta and due to its popularity is now a menu regular. The birria brisket sandwich is rich with Chihuahua cheese, cilantro, onions, and salsa picante on a toasted roll with a side of caldo de chipotle (spicy broth). Order online and order early (for takeout only) as this torta has been selling out quickly. 

Petite León/Instagram

Nixta Tortilleria & Mexican Takeout

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Located in Northeast, chef Gustavo Romero and team are making tortillas using nixtamalization, a process of soaking heirloom Mexican corn in an alkaline solution to loosen the outer hull. The multicolored corn tortillas are being used to make a Saturday-only rotating special quesa birria tacos, what they’re calling Mexican French dip, with Oaxaca cheese, beef birria, and birria caldo for dipping. 

Nixta/Instagram

Taco Taxi

Lindsay Abraham/Eater

This East Lake Street spot is owned by brothers hailing from the Jalisico region of Mexico. They offer an authentic birria de caldo or you can order traditional tacos with choice of meat topped with chopped onion and cilantro and a side of consomé de birria.

Lindsay Abraham/Eater

Taqueria y Birrieria Las Cuatro Milpas

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A giant green awning that reads “make tacos not walls” marks the exterior of this East Lake Street taqueria. They have an extensive menu with lots of options but if it’s quesabirria you’re after, order the taco dorado birria con queso and be sure to get one of their many agua frescas. Order five of the fried tacos and you’ll get your side of consomé free.

Taqueria Las Cuatro Milpas/Facebook

Village Pub

Lindsay Abraham/Eater

St. Anthony’s Village Pub has a long-running non-menu special that has stuck around due to its popularity, thanks largely to social media. The pub’s take on birria tacos is a little less traditional with melted jack cheese on corn tortillas, slow cooked beef, and lots of chopped onions and cilantro with a side of broth.

Lindsay Abraham/Eater

Homi Restaurant

Homi Restaurant/Facebook

This Mexican restaurant located on University Ave in Frogtown is family-owned, operated, and serving tacos de birria — or what they’re calling “wet tacos” — with chopped onion, cilantro, lime, and a side of consomé. Homi is open for takeout and delivery. 

Homi Restaurant/Facebook

Taco Libre

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Taco Libre has three metro locations in West St. Paul, Oakdale, and Edina for dine-in, takeout, or delivery and their menu includes quesabirria tacos. You’ll get three beef and cheese tacos with onions and cilantro, served with cup of consomé.

Taco Libre/Instagram

El Burrito Mercado

El Burrito Mercado/Instagram

The West Side family-owned Mexican market/cafeteria/cafe/caterer offers a huge selection of items for takeout or delivery including birria queso tacos with green salsa and consomé. Along with any dishes from their extensive restaurant menu, you can also order groceries and bakery goods online.

El Burrito Mercado/Instagram

Martha’s Food Garage

Martha’s Garage/Instagram

Located inside the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center on St. Paul’s Eastside, Martha’s Food Garage offers an authentic Jalisco-style birria-focused menu for takeout only. The menu includes not only birria tacos but also birria tortas, quesadillas, and birria-style ramen. Plan accordingly as Martha’s is only available on Sundays and accepts cash.

Martha’s Garage/Instagram

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