Birria taco TikTok trend becomes regular menu item for Columbia restaurants

Lyle Ellerbee

For the duration of the pandemic, TikTok was loaded with birria tacos, and they have now arrived in the Columbia location. Not just about every Mexican restaurant and meals truck in the town serves birria tacos, but it has been a good results among the the dining places that are serving birria dishes. 

Birria tacos — crispy, orange tacos stuffed with cheese, onions, cilantro and meat, generally dipped in a flavorful broth known as consommé — have been getting awareness in Columbia considering the fact that the pandemic. 

The craze of birria tacos in the U.S. came from the Hispanic local community in Los Angeles, California soon after the professional of Teddy’s Red Tacos, just one of the dining places that contributed to the craze, aired all through the 2019 Tremendous Bowl on ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language Tv set channel. 

The craze also went viral on TikTok. Its customers have made movies of feeding on, introducing and creating birria tacos given that 2019. The hashtag #birriatacos has more than 660 million views on TikTok.

Next-yr marketing and advertising student Angelina Hernandez claimed she was aware of the development on TikTok and had tried out birria tacos past year. She ate birria tacos from Bruno’s Taqueria, which is forever shut, and Los Chicanos Foods Truck at Soda Metropolis. She claimed she hopes additional Mexican dining places shut to campus will introduce birria tacos to their menus.

The arrival of birria tacos in Columbia has extra a lot more community options for standard Mexican cuisine. 

Birria tacos are dipped into consomme, the broth used to make the tortillas crispy and give color, at Real Mexico Restaurant in Columbia, SC. A side of consomme is always served with birria tacos, and it's customary to dip the tacos before every bite.

Birria tacos are dipped into consomme, the broth made use of to make the tortillas crispy and give color, at Genuine Mexico Restaurant in Columbia, SC. A facet of consomme is often served with birria tacos, and it’s customary to dip the tacos ahead of each bite.

Serious Mexico Cafe, at 2421 Bush River Rd, is the initial restaurant in Columbia that started off serving birria tacos all over July 2020, according to the common manager of the cafe, Armando Favila. 

Favila stated the concept of serving birria tacos as a single of the restaurant’s specials came about from the pandemic. He desired to introduce one thing particular to really encourage more men and women to occur check out their new dishes. 

“Even if the shoppers really do not tell you (about the food) at times, the volume of merchandise that you cook each individual day is what is telling you,” Favila said. “Yes, it’s superior, since we are cooking far more and more (birria) each individual day.” 

Having designed birria, Favila said he identified that birria has been a single of the well known dishes at the cafe. 

Moreover the tacos, the restaurant also offers a range of birria dishes — birria burrito, birria quesadilla, birria torta (a Mexican-fashion sandwich with birria), and surprisingly, birria ramen. Each and every dish arrives with consommé.

“It’s a little unusual for a Mexican cafe. Birria ramen, but it is doing work. People today like to test a thing various,” Favila said. 

The other place to take pleasure in birria tacos is Los Chicanos Meals Truck at Soda Metropolis Marketplace, weekly food items and craft sector on Main Street, which is strolling length from the USC campus. The food items truck normally travels about the Columbia place, these types of as Fells Fargo on Greystone Boulevard and WECO Bottle & Biergarten. 

The Los Chicanos Foodstuff Truck has been serving birria tacos, named “quesa tacos,” on its menu considering the fact that 2021, in accordance to Wendy Favila, one particular of the family customers of Armando Favila and social media supervisor of the truck. She also mentioned a reporter for the Write-up and Courier Totally free Instances praised the tacos.  

“(The reporter) described that the name of the tacos in the description does not give it more than enough justice of how great it is,” Favila said. 

Los Chicanos also presents other birria dishes, like birria chimichangas and birria nachos. 

“Chimichanga, for the reason that I believe we’re the only 1 who does the chimichanga,” Favila said on her alternative of a recommendation. 

The recipes of birria vary from area to location, as nicely as the flavors, in accordance to Armando Favila. 

“It’s for the reason that Mexico is a incredibly large state, and they have lots of regions, quite a few flavors (of birria), it all is dependent on in which the cook dinner, or exactly where the restaurant owner, or the chef is coming from,” he mentioned. “It all relies upon on who’s cooking it in the location.”

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