Okay, so this Santa Ana dive doesn't make American-style 'cue, but any lovers of that tradition need to make a pilgrimage here to try one of the oldest traditions still in existence: mixiote, which finds meat rubbed with a fabulous mix of guajillo, achiote, thyme and garlic, then wrapped in a paper derived from the agave plant and cooked slowly so the meat collapses off the bone with the ease of pulling off a line of string cheese. And the titular barbecue sold here is estilo Hidalgo—lamb prepared almost the same, except with its drippings offered as a consommé on the side. The name of the restaurant translates as "The Sacred Lamb," no doubt because eating its barbacoa is an experience as holy as the Nazarene—and far tastier.


Location Details

1307 S. Main St.
Santa Ana CA 92701


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