September 17, 2021

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Qualified food specialists

11 Ways to Get Birria in Honolulu (None are Tacos)

4 min read

 

How much do we love birria? Oh, let me count the ways. At first, we swooned over beef birria tacos but little did we know they would only scratch the surface. The Mexican-inspired food trend swept O‘ahu last year and you could satisfy your birria craving at restaurants, food trucks, food courts and overwhelmingly from Instagram-based businesses.

 

Now they’re getting creative. Scroll on and feast your eyes on all the ways we love to eat birria.

 


SEE ALSO: The Ultimate Birria Taco in Honolulu Roundup


 

Bao

Aloha Mamacita

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Photo: Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

 

Aloha Mamacita’s birria bao plates ($16) come with three pieces and consommé for dipping. The buns are soft, thin and stuffed with braised beef, onions, cilantro and lots of mozzarella cheese.

 

@alohamamacita

 


SEE ALSO: Aloha Mamacita’s Birria Tacos are Coming to Town


 

Banh mi

Cocina de Roja

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Photo: Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

 

Cocina De Roja’s birria banh mi ($11) is my favorite item on their menu. It features a crispy toasted baguette stuffed with birria meat, mayo, cucumbers, pickled carrots, daikon and cilantro with a side of consommé.

 

2334 S. King St., Mōili‘ili, Tues–Sat 11 a.m.–7 p.m., @cocinaderoja

 


 

Haus of Fusion

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Photo: Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

 

Haus of Fusion serves birria in many ways from oxtail soup to custom DIY taco kits and banh mi. The birria banh mi ($16) is one of the most popular dishes according to owner Anastacia Watson. The baguette is stuffed with shredded birria braised beef, pickled red onions, carrots and daikon and fresh cilantro with a cup of consommé on the side. You can add cheese for $1 more.

 

Kaimukī, @hausoffusion

 


 

Fried rice

Haus of Fusion

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Photo: Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

 

Similar to the birria banh mi, Haus of Fusion’s birria fried rice with lechon roast pork ($18 ) is another customer favorite. It’s a unique twist on Filipino-style lechon with Mexican flair thanks to the braised beef and pico de gallo mixed into the savory fried rice.

 

Kaimukī, @hausoffusion

 


 

Lumpia

Elimeko Kitchen

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Photo: Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

 

Elimeko Kitchen recently added queso birria lumpia to their menu in packs of 6, 9 and 12 for $12, $18 and $24, respectively. All orders include consommé dipping broth. The crispy, golden-brown lumpia are filled with fresh cilantro, red onions, mozzarella cheese and ultra-tender 10-hour braised beef birria.

 

Makiki, @elimekokitchen

 


 

Nachos

Jenny’s Birria

 

 

With all the tacos out there, Jenny’s Birria might be the only spot serving up birria nachos ($20). They come loaded with Jenny’s homemade cheese sauce, beef birria, sour cream, guacamole, onions, cilantro and lime.

 

‘Ewa Beach, @jennysbirria

 


 

Pho

Cocina de Roja

 

 

Cocina de Roja’s birria pho ($12) includes rice noodles in a birria stew topped with Thai basil, mung bean sprouts, red onions and cilantro. This huge bowl has loads of shredded beef balanced out by all of the refreshing veggies.

 

2334 S. King St., Mōili‘ili, Tues–Sat 11 a.m.–7 p.m., @cocinaderoja

 


SEE ALSO: 33 New Restaurants to Watch for on O‘ahu in 2021


 

Pizza

El Jalisciense

 

 

This food truck located in Waikele recently debuted a sharable birria pizza ($35) made with three 12-inch tortillas stuffed with birria meat, cheese, onions, cilantro. The consommé broth acts as the sauce.

 

95-790 Lumiaina St., Waipahu, (509) 423-4871, Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–7 p.m, Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m., @eljalisciense2017

 


 

Quesadilla

Jenny’s Birria

 

Jenny’s birria quesadilla ($12) is so new it hasn’t been photographed yet. A flour tortilla is loaded with cheese and beef before it’s grilled on the plancha. It’s served with cilantro, onions, lime and dipping consommé on the side.

 

‘Ewa Beach, @jennysbirria

 


 

Ramen

Barrio Café

 

 

Wahiawa’s Barrio Café features birria ramen ($10) on its “Red Taco Tuesdays” only. Their noodle bowl comes with ramen, house-made consommé broth, shredded beef, cilantro and onions.

 

672 Kilani Ave., Wahiawa, (808) 622-3003, @barriocafe808

 


 

El Jalisciense

El Jalisciense’s limited birria ramen ($10) has consommé broth, birria meat, cilantro and onions.

 


 

Jenny’s Birria

Jenny’s Birria uses Nissin’s beef-flavored instant ramen cooked in birria consommé and adds shredded birria meat, cilantro and onions to make it her own ($12). Upgrade to include extra meat for $3 more.

 


 

Noods Ramen Bar

 

 

The birria ramen ($15) at Noods Ramen Bar includes Mexican-style beef broth topped with slow braised shredded beef, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, chili oil and lime. Add parmesan cheese or extra kaedama noodles for $1 and $2 respectively.

 

3611 Waialae Ave., Kaimukī, (808) 888-2115, Daily 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5–9 p.m., @noodsramenbar808

 


 

Saimin

La Birria

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Photo: Thomas Obungen

 

At La Birria you can get birria saimin for $12 or as a side for $5. It features Sun Noodles’ curly saimin noodles topped with braised beef, onions, cilantro and fried tortilla strips. Ask for extra limes to brighten the bowl up.

 

Pearlridge, Kaka‘ako, @la_birria_hi

 


 

Taco Bout It

Taco Bout It includes a side of saimin noodles in their $18 birria plate or a la carte for $2. Dip the noodles in the leftover consommé broth like a tsukemen.

 

Makiki, @taco_bout_it_hawaii

 


SEE ALSO: We Found Birria Tacos and Birria Saimin in ‘Aiea


 

Won tons

Elimeko Kitchen

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Photo: Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

 

Like their lumpia counterparts, the queso beef birria wontons come in packs of 6, 9 or 12 for $12, $18 and $24, respectively. All orders include consommé broth and have the same filling as the lumpia: Fresh cilantro, red onions, mozzarella cheese and shredded braised beef.

 

Makiki, @elimekokitchen

 

 

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