Dorado Tacos & Cemitas has been a favorite of mine ever since it opened a little over a year ago in Brookline. Dorado specializes in Mexican street food, namely, fish tacos and cemitas, a popular Mexican sandwich that is comprised of meat or vegetables with black beans, chipotles en adobo, avocado, Oaxaca cheese and cilantro on a toasted sesame seed egg roll. On this visit, I decided to try some new things.
I’ve had both the tacos and cemitas previously and enjoyed both. This time around, the sign advertising Elote, Mexican-style grilled corn was calling to me. I first had elote at Toro a year ago and I am absolutely in love with it. I had high hopes for Dorado’s and it did not disappoint: an ear of fresh grilled sweet corn with mayo, chili, lime and cotija cheese. The corn was crisp, sweet and juicy, and drenched in a melange of tangy, spicy, and creamy.
While I have tried something different each time I have been, Dave is pretty attached to the Ensenada fish tacos. The tacos, $2.49 each, are filled with beer battered Atlantic pollock, green cabbage, salsa fresca, pickled onions, and a healthy coating of Baja crema. He says they are the best fish tacos he has had on the East coast, and possibly anywhere. Don’t forget to squeeze fresh lime juice on top.
After our meal, I went up to Michael, the owner to tell him how much we enjoyed our meal and the restaurant in general. He invited me back into the kitchen to see what goes into the making of their food. He was adamant about the fact that all the ingredients they use are fresh and everything is made from scratch daily. He and his chefs insist on always using fresh garlic, for instance, as opposed to pre-peeled garlic because it really makes a difference in the final product.
In addition to delicious food, Dorado has succeeded because it is so committed to engaging with its customers and making them happy. Michael was eager to show me the ingredient list that they keep behind the counter. They pride themselves on being transparent because they only use good wholesome ingredients, and any customer can request to see an ingredient list. Whatever your reason for going, I trust you will not be disappointed.
Dorado Tacos & Cemitas
401 Harvard St