Los Angeles’ first Taquero to serve up a Tijuana-style ‘Birria de Lengua’ is now Slangy Tacos in East Los Angeles

TIt is Tijuana taqueros with voladura sauce and adopada grilled with mesquite, Taco Don CocoBring another weekend’s birria pop-up to the streets of East Los Angeles. It’s called Birria Don Cuco Estilo Tijuana, and their specialty? Beria de Lingua.

“Tienen Birria de Lengua?” A customer asks on a Saturday morning. “Si” replies to Manuel Mendes, aka “El Wero,” Don Cuco taquero famous for its Allen Iverson-esque taco handles. The customer let out a big sigh of relief followed by “Hay, que bueno!” And she has reason to be excited. As much as birria has flooded our streets and Instagram feeds with cheese and taco dips, birria de lengua has remained a rarity.

“Birria de lengua is more common in Tijuana,” Don Cuco’s Jonathan Rios tells us. “This particular birria de lengua we learned from our friends, Birria Doña Maggy, in Tijuana.” They also bring with them a specialized Tijuana cart that holds a large beer broth at table height, making it easy to reach down and choose the next tongue to serve.

Someone once called lengua “filet mignon tacos” and that might not be a far-fetched comparison. They are mostly tender cuts of meat with buttery tenderness in texture, but unlike filet mignon, lingua is unfairly underrated. Many Los Angeles tacos forget to appreciate this coveted quality of lengua and treat it like any meat by slicing it to its sliced ​​end and depriving taco eaters of the biting experience through its meaty texture. But not in Berea without Coco; They serve this coveted meatloaf of sugar cubes stacked on a tortilla, topped with onions, cilantro, and a hot, sweaty red sauce.

We personally recommend the vampiro de lengua; This added crunch compliments the tender beef tongue and the grilled cheese topping will help cut back on the rich strength of the spiced periya flavor.

This undertaking requires double shifts from Rios and Mendes. The weekend routine begins when they pack their Tacos Don Cuco stand at 1am to have the birria ready at 8 Just give them a few hours of sleep at night and two hours of rest in the afternoon between closing the birria stand and returning to Tacos Don Cuco. It is an incredible dedication to their Beria craft.

They also offer birria de res and you can order a taco, moletta, vampero, or tostada. We personally recommend the vampiro de lengua; This added crunch compliments the tender beef tongue and the grilled cheese topping will help cut back on the rich strength of the spiced periya flavor.

In a city with birria on every other corner, birria de lengua stands out.

Beria Don Coco Shows Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm 759 S. Ferris Ave, East Los Angeles, CA 90022

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