Birrieria Diaz

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.

Christina Nihira

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