South St. Petersburg Mexican Restaurant Debuts Uber Popular Taco Recipe

TAMPA BAY, FLA (February 25th, 2021) – The popular South St. Pete Mexican restaurant is making headlines with their newest addition, in trending fashion – Birria Tacos. 

We sat down with co-owner Andrew Spurgeon and got the scoop. 

What exactly is a birria taco? 

Birria is a Mexican dish from the state of Jalisco. The dish is a meat stew traditionally made from goat meat, but occasionally made from beef or mutton. The dish is often served at celebratory occasions, such as weddings and baptisms, and holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. Preparation techniques vary, but the dish is often served with corn tortillas, onion, cilantro and lime. The meat is marinated in an adobo made of vinegar, dried chiles, herbs, and spices before being cooked in a broth. Restaurants or street carts that serve birria are known as birrierias and exist throughout Mexico, especially in Jalisco and its capital, Guadalajara. Birria is an icon of the cultural identity of the jaliscienses (people of Jalisco) and especially the tapatíos (people of Guadalajara). However, neighboring Mexican states have their own variations of the dish: the birria estilo Zacatecas of Zacatecas and the birria de Colima of Colima.

What makes the Nueva Cantina Birria Tacos so good? 

At Nueva Cantina, it’s all in the technique. From the initial tortilla dunk in our house-made birria broth to the sizzle on the grill, every step is carefully taken for the perfect fold and slight crunch at the end. We serve our birria tacos with a side of the seasoned stew and choice of rice and beans. 


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NUEVA CANTINA: Nueva Cantina is a relaxed, affordable neighborhood spot that serves exciting contemporary Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day and offers an a la carte brunch on Sunday from 11am – 3pm. 

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