Thursday, May 20, 2010

#79: Birria at Pueblo Nuevo

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM

click to enlarge IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
I wouldn't blame you for complaining about our recent spate of rainy, cool weather, but it does carry one advantage, a final chance to enjoy hearty soups and stews before the summer heat arrives. Today's weather (and, maybe, a wee bit of a hangover) demanded birria, the traditional Mexican goat stew. You won't find it many places in St. Louis -- in truth, the only place I know of is Pueblo Nuevo in Hazelwood, where it's a specialty of the house.

The stew is fantastic: fork-tender goat meat in a thick, smoky, piquant chile sauce, fiery enough to clear out the cobwebs without swamping any flavors. The goat is gamy, but not overwhelmingly so -- a squeeze of lime gives the meat, and the sauce, a welcome brightness. Birria is served with corn tortillas, but don't stop once they are gone. Spoon up every last drop of that broth.

Pueblo Nuevo
7401 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Hazelwood

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.


#80: Banh mi dac biet at Phuc Loi

#81: Prosciutto bianca pizza at the Good Pie
#82: Gold Coast Chocolate ice cream at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
#83: Hot salami (salam de testa) at Gioia's Deli
#84: Veal parmesan sandwich at Biggie's
#85: Nachos (with jalapeños and extra cheese cup) at Busch Stadium
#86: Lobster bisque at Café Ventana
#87: Calamari fritti at Mangia Italiano
#88: Brisket sandwich at Winslow's Home
#89: Paletas at La Vallesana 2
#90: Spaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's Spaghetteria

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