I've been remiss in finishing out our taco-tour. I did say "three empty stomachs and four taqueries", so time to finish this off because I have a ton of exciting restaurant reports from our not-too-long-ago trip to Chicago. (Amazing Afghani food! Bonsoiree! And Alinea!) So yeah, I'd better get writing. Okay, on to our last taco stop in Detroit's Mexicantown...
By the time we left the King of Chicken, we were getting pretty full, but we were determined to try one more place. It was a scorching summer day, and so it was with great relief that we entered La Barca Birreria's cool air-conditiioned interior. A set of booths line one wall, and a large take-out counter along the other side. We grabbed a booth. A small TV was playing a movie in the corner. Going by the menu board, they appear to do a lot of carry out dinners.
With a name like La Barca Birreria, we had to try the goat. I also ordered an Al Pastor for comparison. Unfortunately, we thought the goat was a bit bland. Though, to be fair, we had just eaten the very spice-ly flavor chicken tacos from Armando's, so that may have affected out taste buds. Also, I've never had a goat taco before, so I don't have anything to compare it to.
I did like the Al Pastor. The pork bits were nicely charred. I'd rank it as my 2nd favorite Al Pastor of the day, after the taco truck. (Joe might disagree.) Though this was our least favorite stop of the day, it takes a lot for me not to give a place a 2nd try. And just because a place advertises itself as specializing in goat, doesn't mean that goat tacos are the best way to sample their speciality. So if anyone else has tried La Barca Birreria, we'd love to hear from you.
We finished off with a bit of corn cake for dessert. Simple, nicely moist and not too sweet.
La Barca Birreria y Taqueria is located on Vernor Hwy, in Detroit's Mexicantown.