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Birrieria Diaz


Visit Guadalajara by way of a Bethany restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Christina Nihira February 8th, 2012

Birrieria Diaz
6700 N.W. 39th, Bethany
603-1304

What works: The authentic food is fantastic.
What needs work: There is limited parking.
The tip: There's a parking lot behind the restaurant.

The growth of Oklahoma City’s restaurant scene doesn’t just include swanky, expensive eateries. Luckily, we have also had an explosion in local treasures offering scrumptious food at reasonable prices.

Among them is Birrieria Diaz. It specializes in serving up big plates of delicious Mexican food. It’s important to note the fare is not the typical Tex-Mex served throughout the metro.

Set in an uncomplicated space on the corner of N. College Avenue and N.W. 39th, this newcomer brings some big-time heat to Bethany.

The restaurant has a warm, welcoming vibe and simple decor, as well as a tempting menu with prices to match. All the dishes are homey and original.

Each meal begins with a big bowl of corn chips, creamy queso, fresh salsa and sliced radishes.

Many folks come here for the house specialty, birria: a spicy Mexican goat or beef stew, depending on your meat choice. The chopped meat is slow-cooked in a thick and fiery tomato-pepper broth until it’s tender and ready to be served with assorted toppings. Such condiments are limes, roasted and salted hot peppers, cilantro, purple onions, diced habaneros, white onions, as well as homemade corn tortillas. The trick is constructing tidy bites, all of which are packed with compelling flavor, and having them arrive safely in your mouth.

The birria meal is served in three sizes: The small ($5) adequately satisfies most diners. A bigger appetite might want the medium ($7), while the large ($9) easily could be split between two people.

Birrieria is like stepping into a friend’s cozy kitchen where you’d likely find a divine meal bubbling atop the stove. All orders are made fresh from family recipes.

The menu has the usual favorites from tacos to quesadillas. The traditionally prepared chicken enchiladas ($6.99) proved to be a winner. Tender pieces of chicken are wrapped inside four corn tortillas.

The red sauce drizzled on top was tame and didn’t require a call to the fire department; the green sauce is on the hotter end of the spectrum. A side of crispy, diced potatoes made for a nice contrast.

The pork tamale ($5.99) was a slight disappointment. The shredded meat was soft. The masa, although moist on the interior portion, was too dry around the edges. The accompanying side of rice and beans more than made up for the distress. “Amazingly authentic” is all that needs to be said.

Try the flautas, too. Tightly rolled with beef or chicken ($4.99), then lightly fried, the four came perfectly crunchy. They were topped with daintily sliced avocado, sour cream and green salsa.

And there’s a nice selection of sopes, aka soup ($5.99). Familiar selections are beef, chicken, pork, with a more exotic chicken tongue and beef head. They are all topped with choices of lettuce, sour cream and cheese.

Soft drinks are served in cans, and you can order real Mexican Coca-Cola, Jarritos and aguas frescas ($1.99). Sangria ($1.99), domestic beer ($2.75) and imported beer ($3.25) are also sold.

End your meal with a light, airy sopaipilla sprinkled in cinnamon and sugar and drizzled in honey. That is, if you are not too full.

Oklahoma Gazette’s restaurant review policy is to highlight the positive aspects and include constructive criticism regarding food, ambience or service when appropriate.

 
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02.22.2012 at 05:02 Reply

It almost feels like you based your whole review off of some pictures and the menu.  Birrieria Diaz does not serve queso with their chips, which will probably anger a billion Oklahoma tex-mex fans who will expect it if they read your review.  The radishes are not served with the chips, either.  They are given to you if you order birrieria.  Also, sopes are most definitely not the same thing as soup. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sope

 

 
 
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