I’ve been on the search for delicious birria that is made with goat meat. Thanks to my barber over at De’Ville’s Barber Shop, he tipped me off on Birrieria Ocotlán. With the amount of time it takes to make this Mexican soup, they are only open from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. I’ve known about this place for about a month but was finally able to stop by this weekend.
When you go, there is parking behind the building.
123 E 21st St N
Wichita, KS 67214
Only open Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 4pm
Closed Monday – Friday
Their menu was very simple. It included birria along with quesadillas, tacos, and tostadas de ceviche. I walked in and said “Just give me whatever is good.”. I didn’t even bother asking for the price; I figured if I didn’t have the money I could give them the keys to my car in exchange for food.
The first dish they brought me was birria en consomé. From what I was told, it is basically a warm broth that has been soaking in goat meat and goat bones for days. You can then dress it up with chiles, onions, cilantro or jalapenos. I was told all of it was the best way to consume the tomato laced roasted goat broth. I’m not kidding when I say it but it was delicious as hell. There was a very slight tomato taste with a bit of heat. It was like nothing I’ve ever had before and found myself sipping away nonstop.
Along with my soup, they brought me another bowl. This time it was birria en su salsa which was goat meat in their homemade salsa. This was unlike any other birria I’ve had. There were chunks of goat swimming in the salsa; some attached to the bone and others roaming freely. The goat was very lean with the salsa adding some nice flavor to it. It didn’t have any heat to it at all but the owner had me use some of his pickled jalapenos and that squashed any complaints I had. You’re also given tortillas to eat it with; I was told to just dip it in to the salsa and eat it along with the goat
My meal ended up costing $14 and here’s what I received for it.
It was a wonderful dining experience where I was able to not just try new things but learn a lot about the food as well. Everybody there was extremely curious what brought me in to Birrieria Ocotlán since I was asking so many questions. I kept my real reasons to myself and just told them I was in the neighborhood. But this is a place to set aside a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for, just make sure you go well before 4pm and bring cash. These awesome dishes from the state of Jalisco can now be found in Wichita and that makes me excited for all the delicious food we have here.
You’ll probably want to disregard their Facebook page and any phone number you see. I was told it’s now under new ownership so any information you see online is outdated.
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