Birrieria Zaragoza

Food & Drink
4852 S Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60632 4852 S Pulaski Rd., Chicago Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Closed All Hours
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93% of 316 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Mexican, Kosher, Diner, Cafe, Southwestern
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Hours
    Sun
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mon-Fri
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sat
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    Mexican, Kosher, Diner, Cafe, Southwestern
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    No
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
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Report | 6 months ago
best goat meat around. hands down. their molcajete is very good also. this place is a treat to go to every time we visit.
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Report | a year ago
Best tacos in the city!!
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Report | 2 years ago
Delish
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Report | 2 years ago
The food was good and the owner was the friendliest, nicest man ever. His son waited on us and he was also nice and friendly. Very good experience.
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Report | 2 years ago
no comments just bad service
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Report | 2 years ago
The goat was vary tasty and well prepared. It tastes a little like pork and quite a bit like pot-roast. It wasn't gamey or distasteful in the least. While I can see how you would want to keep goat as your signature item or product, it would help broaden your customer base by having at least one other type of meat or fish. There also needs to be side dishes on your menu; rice, beans, vegetables, potatoes, French fries, SOMETHING.
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Report | 2 years ago
It is very juicy. The broth is so good -- use all the napkins.
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Report | 2 years ago
It is a small little restuant so do not come with a big crowd. The staff is GREAT but the seating is very limited. As busy as it was hopefully they will expand soon.
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Report | 2 years ago
Friendly service and good food. Be careful, closes early. 7:00pm
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Report | 3 years ago
Menu is only in Spanish.
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From Our Editors

Though there may be more than one way to skin a cat, there’s only one way to roast a goat—learn from a master. According the Chicago Reader, once John Zaragoza became interested in making birria, he sought out Miguel Segura, a renowned birriero in La Barca, Jalisco, Mexico who roasts his meat in backyard brick ovens. Two weeks studying with Segura taught him the varying cuts of birria and how to cultivate trust at the counter by chopping the meat in full view instead of pinkie swearing to each customer that the knives are clean.

Today, John and his family have their own recipe down pat. Kosher salt seasons the goat, which they seal in a steamer for up to six hours before covering it in an ancho-based mole sauce and transferring it to the oven. The cuts also yield a clean consommé broth that doubles as a garnish, which can be sprinkled on top alongside onions, cilantro, lime, and peppers. Handmade corn tortillas add the finishing touch to a birria meal at both Birrieria Zaragoza locations.

The goat can be ordered bone in or out, on a plate or in a taco—Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine ranks the restaurant No. 2 in the Midwest on a list of The 64 Best Tacos in the Country. For a spicy side, John's son Jonathan brews a signature fire-roasted salsa from scratch. Imported Mexican sodas wash down savory bites, whose popularity causes the Zaragozas to go through as many as 22 goats in a single weekend—more than the average caged T-Rex eats in a month.

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Birrieria Zaragoza

Sun
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mon-Fri
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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