One of the best birria spots in Fort Bend County is only a year old, and it only recently reopened in June after about a month of renovations.
TJ Birria Y Mas has quickly become a Stafford favorite, serving up the traditional goat or beef meat stew from Jalisco, Mexico inside greasy, fried tortillas with melted Oaxaca cheese and a cup of mouthwatering consomme broth for dipping the tacos in.
The space is bright, sleek and modern, and features a wall that is Instagram-ready, complete with yellow neon lights with the restaurant’s unofficial mantra: “Wake up, work hard, eat tacos” along with a neon version of its most famous taco.
The Birriadillas Con Consome ($10.99) consists of four corn tortillas with shredded beef and melted cheese. The customary cilantro, diced onions, and green and red salsas are served on the side for you to dress up your tacos to your liking.
The tortillas were fried to a savory golden and orange hue in the fat of the beef, and were both soft to the touch but satisfyingly crispy in texture.
I have found that dipping the tacos in the consomme broth after stuffing them with cilantro and onions and a liberal squeeze of lime juice is the best way to go.
Of course, you can consume your birria in many different forms. The Quesabirria Con Consome ($12.49) uses flour tortillas instead of corn. Birria Ramen ($7.49), the invention of world-renowned chef Momofuku Ando in 1971, combines the famous instant noodles with broth and birria meat, and Papa Rellena de Birria ($11.99) puts a spin on another well-known comfort food, adding mashed potatoes and sour cream to the usual birria essentials.
Aguas frescas, including my go-to horchata, are $3.99 each.
The Michelada, a mixed drink with beer, tomato juice, lime juice and more, can be ordered to-go, or a non-alcoholic version can be made with Topo Chico.
If you’re in the mood for a dessert, the Tres Leches Cupcake, Chocoflan, and churros are sold in quantities of four or six.
TJ Birria Y Mas
Address: 716 Murphy Rd., Stafford
Dining Options: Dine-in, takeout, delivery
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Entrée prices: $7.49-$12.99
Senior discount: No
Healthy options: None
Star of the show: Birriadillas Con Consome