Food & Drink

Where To Try Birria in the Seattle Area

Birria Tacos, Ramen, And More
February 23, 2021
Oozy, cheesy, crispy quesabirria tacos, like the ones served at Birrieria Tijuana, are all the rage. (Nelson Lau)

Birria is having a major moment in the spotlight right now: The spicy stewed Mexican meat dish, often made with goat or beef and frequently served in tacos, has gotten a boost thanks in part to Instagram, a starring role in an episode of Netflix's irresistible food documentary series Taco Chronicles, and most recently, TikTok. Food writer Tejal Rao even recently investigated the so-called "Birria Boom" phenomenon for the New York Times. It's not difficult to understand why the trend has caught on: The succulent meat lends itself well to a myriad of photogenic permutations, from the in-demand "quesabirria" tacos (a kind of crispy quesadilla-taco hybrid with birria and melty cheese) to more unusual creations like birria ramen, birria pizza, birria fries, and more. We've rounded up a list of places serving the popular dish in the Seattle area, so you can go see what the hype is about for yourself. Whatever you do, don't forget a cup of the salty consommé broth for dunking your tacos, French dip-style. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Birrieria Tijuana
This wildly popular family-owned birria spot with locations in Everett, Lakewood, and Burien is largely responsible for kicking off the birria craze in the Seattle area. The menu includes oozy, crunchy queso tacos, quesabirria, mulitas, tacos dorados (small rolled tacos), "vampiros" (open-faced tacos with a layer of melted cheese and a stratum of shredded beef atop a fried tortilla), birria plates, and even birria ramen and pizza. Be sure to add a cup of consommé and some chopped cilantro, onions, radishes, lime, and pickled vegetables. The nectar-like aguas frescas, made with actual fresh fruit in flavors like tamarind and melon, are worthy of note all on their own. 
Burien, Everett, Lakewood
Pickup, delivery, or limited indoor and outdoor seating

Fire Tacos De Birria
This recently opened Kent taqueria, which serves birria made with beef, lamb, or goat, is making waves on Instagram for its birria tacos, quesabirria tacos, consommé, quesadillas, tortas, burritos, mulitas, birria plates, birria ramen, and birria nachos. Quench your birria-induced thirst with eye-catching drinks like hibiscus lemonade and cucumber agua fresca, garnished with Tajin and fresh citrus. (The shop will be temporarily closed through March 2 due to a family emergency.)
Kent
Pickup

Taqueria El Asadero
You've heard of a taco truck, but how about a taco bus? This much-loved Columbia City taqueria housed inside a converted vintage bus, with an adjoining covered patio, slings aromatic birria de res (beef birria) alongside other favorites like carne asada and pork adobada, as well as more adventurous choices like tripe, tongue, and pork stomach.
Columbia City
Pickup, delivery, or outdoor seating


Agua Verde Cafe
The colorful cafe perched on the edge of Portage Bay is getting in on the trend with cheesy quesabirria tacos made with chili-braised beef and Oaxacan cheese with a side of rich dipping broth. You can also try birria burritos or spicy birria enchiladas.
University District
Pickup or delivery

Birrieria Y Taqueria La Costeña
This Mexican truck in Renton serves birria tacos with or without consommé, as well as birria plates and quesabirria tacos.
Renton
Pickup or delivery

Carinos Corner Taqueria
This Bremerton taqueria features a full birria menu with street tacos, quesabirria, quesabirria tacos, vampiros, birria plates, and consommé, plus birria fries and birria ramen.
Bremerton
Pickup or delivery

Tacos El Patron
This taco truck, which opened in the SeaTac area last fall, offers crispy quesabirria tacos and consommé alongside a wide variety of other tacos and dishes like ceviche and asada fries.
SeaTac
Pickup

Taco Rico Bremerton
Tucked away inside a Chevron gas station in Bremerton, this taco counter serves crispy birria tacos or quesabirria tacos and consommé. Besides birria, there are also tacos, tortas, burritos, mulitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more.
Bremerton
Pickup

T'Juana Tacos
At its West Seattle pickup window, this taco truck, pop-up, and catering company focused on locally sourced Northern Mexican food sells a halal rendition of birria de res, featuring beef braised with three types of dry peppers.
West Seattle
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