Something new…to us

Photo by Liz Chrisman

Tacos 4 Ever Burritos & More

200 North Arkansas Avenue, Russellville

One of the best things about Hispanic food, and especially Hispanic food in a community that only in the last decade or so has really experienced Hispanic food, is that what you thought was just a simple menu of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas is just the tip of the enchilada. There are the variations on those staples that you never thought would make it to the River Valley, and then there are some you never even knew existed.

Our latest exposure to incredible, but heretofore unknown fare with origins south of the border, was an introduction to birria. Birria is a Mexican meat stew with the traditional main ingredient of goat. It’s a meal usually reserved for special occasions.

The day we found birria at Tacos 4 Ever Burritos & More in downtown Russellville was, indeed, a special occasion.

Sadly, goat meat was not an option for various bureaucratic reasons. But the beef —simmered and swimming in a steaming, spicy, cilantro-tinged bath of deliciousness — was incredible. We had our birria in a few familiar forms such as tacos and quesadillas, and we had it on a platter served with rice and beans.

It’s fantastic with and on everything, and just the latest proof that perhaps some of the most delectable eats in the River Valley are yet to be discovered… by us, anyway.