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Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Takeout, Seating, Table Service
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This Mexican institution specializes in a single item—birria—tender stewed goat accompanied by diced onions, cilantro, and house-made salsa. In fact, g...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Simple restaurant
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Reviewed 20 May 2021

This was out first visit here, small place 3 tables. the owner came out to tell us what the restaurant and had recommendations also. His recommendations were perfect, the salsas were all exceellent, the Goat meat was awesome (bone out). No complaints. I but more...expensive than I would've expected.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 September 2020 via mobile

The specialty they prepare is delicious but it is a severe rip off considering that you basically get 3 Small goat meat tacos for around 15 bucks before taxes and tip and and also that goat meat when you buy it fresh at a market...is not that expensive. They also had a review on PBS that might have contributed to the unrealistic prices they charge youMore

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 10 July 2019

While staying on the South Side, we became aware of this small neighborhood restaurant through our hotel staff. Seeing it was within walking distance and offered atypical Mexican food. we decided to give it a try. For those unfamiliar with birria as we were, the...cuisine is based on goat meat. We thoroughly enjoyed it in both tacos and a soup/stew. It was quite tasty and tender both ways. The waitstaff was very helpful and accommodating to two gringos experiencing birria for the first time. The restaurant is small with only about 6 tables but well worth a visit. Take note that they close at 7 p.m. We would definitely visit Birrieria Zaragoza again when in the area!More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 17 April 2019

This is a great place to have Goat Birria. The plates are plenty, the service superb and the taste excellent. I knocked off one star looking at the overall cleanliness of the place and a little decline in quality that I have perceived over the...years I am going there. Also, they lack consistency. I have seen and tasted a change in quality (slight decline) in the goat birria, salsa molcajete and also the tortillas...maybe they will notice and improve... That said, strongly recommend to head over and try at least once.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 18 March 2019

Just have it. It's a bit far down south but worth the trip. Call ahead to make sure they are open. You probably want a few pounds to make sure you don't wake up in the middle of the night and not have it.

Date of visit: November 2018
Birrieria Z, Owner at Birrieria Zaragoza, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2019

Thanks so much for visiting us! Hope to see you return soon.

Reviewed 1 March 2019 via mobile

We had a ridiculously great hole in the wall meal. We couldnt stop eating. Salsa made fresh to order, the meat was amazing, bring your own booze!!

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 22 December 2018 via mobile

Food is top notch, the broth is killer I get the big bowl with bones in it . Had friends in town from Georgia, they loved it A must stop for best goat in Chicago

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 3 October 2018

This is a unique place, all they serve is GOAT, with super fresh tortillas, a little salsa, some onions and cilantro. But you will not believe the flavor!!! The place is small, and seating is limited, but its WORTH it if you want something a...little different and delicious. And the owners are great, just welcoming and honest.More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Stopped after seeing it reviewed here and on several other websites. They do one thing, but it is just about perfect. Let me see if I can do it justice... The roasted goat was tender and perfectly cooked. Crispy bits, deeply savory and succulent. The...consommé was so delicately seasoned it was shocking. Ten or more elements all in balance. It was the best part of the dish. Then there were the handmade tortillas...I ordered a dozen and they only brought out four. When I asked, I was told very gently, that they would make them fresh when I needed them...sure enough...they came out three or so at a time and were slightly crisp and soft...perfect! Oh, one last thing, the special salsa is amazing too...but be warned if you order it hot...it is going to be hot. I loved it, but it was too much for my kids.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

I happened to pick this place looking for something different for lunch. I try to find the funky local places with different kinds of local cuisine. I already hit a couple of the local “Chicago style” pizza places so had that Chicago thing covered. Since...there is such a big Latin community where I was doing business, I figured there would be some good Mexico style eats here. I picked the right spot! Birrieria Zaragoza specializes in dishes made from their own home grown goats. If you have never tried goat meat, this is the place to expand your horizons! The meat is cooked until it is fall apart tender. The flavor is very nice on its own, but they serve it in a delicious consommé. And of course tortillas on the side, that they make to order! So good! You get very fresh chopped cilantro and green onion, white onions, and fresh lime on the side, and your choice of hot or mild homemade salsa. They have other stuff on the menu, but it looks like the only meat here is goat meat. The horchata is amazing, and so is the flan! I travel a lot, and like to experiment with what I eat when I’m on the road. This place it a place to try! English speaking is limited! But don’t worry if you don’t speak Espanol, you will get by,and your experience will be worth your coming hereMore

Date of visit: March 2018
Birrieria Z, Owner at Birrieria Zaragoza, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Thanks Mark for visiting us! Glad you enjoyed the Birria. Please visit us the next time you are in the neighborhood. Norma Zaragoza

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Birrieria Zaragoza is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5