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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

La Birria del 99

Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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I can't believe it took us so long.

We've been running around Latin America since 1993.

We've heard of birria, but we had a flavor prejudice that began when we lived in Nevis, British West Indies.

Let me explain.

Taste-wise, there's a difference between mutton and lamb. To my taste, mutton is tough, gamey, way too strong to the point of... well I don't enjoy it. Lamb, on the other hand, is tender, distinctive but not gamey and with Billy's Béarnaise or brown sauce, it's heavenly. 

For me, it's the same with goat.

When we were in Nevis, goat was for sale in the market.

It didn't seem attractive in any way, and when cooking, the smell of it was strong.


I avoided it.

When we arrived in Chapala in 1993, talk of birria was everywhere. "Goat stew!" they said. "Delicious!" they said. "I'm gonna avoid it!" I said.


Sign of La Birria del 99, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

The sign for La Birria del 99

We were meeting friends for lunch at an Uruguayan grill called Rucula just around the corner. But they didn't open until 1pm and we were early.

So to kill some time, we walked and found this little eatery, sat down and ordered some bottled water.

The front of La Birria del 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Akaisha inside La Birria 99





As you can see, it's a small, unpretentious place. 

As we drank our waters, Billy is watching the cooks prepare... birria.

He said "We gotta come back here for lunch."

Billy has an eye for these things, and I trust his judgment.

I figure I eat about 1,000 meals a year and this was just going to be one of them. I was a little hesitant (Goat Stew?!) but I agreed anyway. What could I lose?

Then we left and went on to eat a fabulous meal at Rucula.

inside La Birrria del 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Humble but clean restaurant

So a few days later we came for lunch.

Simple menu at La Birria del 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Chalk board menu at La Birria 99

This chalkboard listed the simple menu.

One could order birria, menudo (don't get me started on menudo!) and just the broth. Or you could order tacos, quesadillas and sandwiches. 

Then there were drinks and desserts.

Cooking birria in a deep pot, La Birria del 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Cooking the Birria

Fortunately for me, the birria came in beef or goat, and today it was beef!

Slicing and dicing birria at La Birria 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Slicing and dicing the beef for the soup

So we put in our order and awaited for this dish to arrive to our table.

Delicious condiments for our meal at La Birria 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Condiments for the birria and tacos

Here you see a bowl of beef birria with a plate of condiments: two different salsas (spicy and spicier), lime, fresh diced onions, and cilantro.

It turns out that beef birria is like a pot roast soup.

Oh. My. God.

The best!

Quesadillas with birria and chamorro at La Birria 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

A taco and a quesadilla





Since it was our first time here at La Birria, I asked the waiter what we should try.

He recommended a birria quesadilla (beef birria and cheese) and a chamorro taco (Pork shank cooked like a pot roast also, falling off the bone.)

inside the birria quesadilla, Birria del 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Birria quesadilla

Inside the quesadilla (cheese) is the shredded and chopped flavor-full beef.

By itself, this was plenty tasty, but one could add the lime, onions, salsa and cilantro if you chose.

Agua de horchata, La Birria del 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico


Horchata is a drink made with cooked rice, sugar and cinnamon. It is truly delicious.

I couldn't believe how good this birria was! Nor did I realize what I had been missing all these years.

Later on in the week, we brought our friends to this same restaurant, and when we returned to Chapala, Mexico, we started our hunt for the best birria we could find in our area.

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Our bill for 2 at La Birria del 99, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

This was our bill for two people

Our bill for two people, which included a large birria to share, 2 drinks, a taco and a quesadilla came to 169Pesos, or about $8.50USD before tip.

It was the first birria we had ever had, and it was astoundingly tasty.

Now don't YOU wait so long! If you see a place serving birria, try it out!

Would we return?



La Birria 99

Privada Damian Carmona 103

 Arboledas de Rio, 76027

Santiago de Queretaro


Tele: 442 383 2773

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