Dorado Tacos & Cemitas

I love tacos. I grew up eating them at least once a week. They’re something I cannot live without, and because I’ve been away from home for over half a year, I haven’t eaten any good ones that passed the bar. After some research, I came to find that Dorado Tacos & Cemitas has a good reputation for delicious tacos, so I decided to give it a try with a friend from back home who came to visit.

For those of us who don’t have a car, Dorado isn’t the most convenient of places to go to, but it’s only about a five to ten minute walk from the Coolidge Corner Station.

Dorado Tacos has Northern Mexican food from Ensenada, a place that I’m not at all familiar with given I grew up in the city, but I decided to give it a try.

The interior is painted with bold colors, which reminded me of home. They also had Mexican beers like Corona and Negro Modelo, both of which I love but couldn’t didn’t get.

I have to admit, when the man walked out to take our orders, I was quite surprised; I guess I was so sure that a Mexican would run the place. Anyhow, he was kind and patient as we tried to decided what to order (although I knew what I was getting since the day before).

They have a small bar of sauces and soda fountain, with other cute decorations. Isn’t the beer bottle light between the clocks so cute?

They even have brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, so if you ever want Mexican style brunch, you should check it out!

Elote ($3.00)

After a failed try in finding a good elote, I was skeptical to try the one from Dorado. And yup, another failed try. Dorado’s elote wasn’t terrible, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. All I’m looking for are big tasty corns with lime, salt, mayo, cheese, and chili powder. Doesn’t sound too hard to find, right? But it is, I guess. Maybe I should just give up trying to find great elotes until I go home this coming winter.

Two Taco Plate ($6.25)

The Two Taco Plate comes with two tacos of your choice, black beans, Mexican rice, and charred jalapeño. I chose Ensenada and Dorado fish tacos (which seemed to be the most popular choices).

The tacos weren’t bad. The fish was moist, the spicy mayo and baja crema were tasty, and the picked radish and onions gave a nice acidity to the tacos with the salsas. I waited for my friend’s order to come and then ate the corn, so by the time I got to the tacos, the fish wasn’t warm anymore, but I enjoyed them nonetheless. I do wish, however, that I ate them as soon as they came out – they would have been crispier and warmer.

Because I’m used to cheap, amazing tacos from back home (oh, and did I mention authentic), the prices and the taste didn’t pass the bar for me. But then again, I guess I shouldn’t compare food here to food in Mexico. It wasn’t bad at all for my first food from Ensenada.


401 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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