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2 cents on dorado vs. la verdad

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there's been ample discussion recently on this board about where to get the best authentic baja style fish tacos, so this isn't meant to revive that. i haven't lived in mexico or california and so i can't comment on the authenticity of the tacos we had recently, but i can comment on their taste!

my husband and i finally had the chance to go to both Dorado Tacos and Cemitas in Brookline as well as La Verdad Tacqueria in Fenway for the first time..now that the weather's nicer, we're more willing to stroll some distance for our food.

Dorado was first. we ordered the Ensenada and Dorado fish tacos (both beer battered) and i think a Chorizo. the fish tacos were both amazing - perfectly fried to a light crisp, chunks of fleshy meat amidst smooth tart crema, soft double tortilla shell - a delicious mouthful. i didn't try the chorizo; my husband liked it, but i think next time we'll be ordering just the fish tacos because they're that good!

we went to La Verdad later in the week, and ordered the Pescado and Carnitas tacos. the pescado was a soppy, drippy mess. the flavors didn't stand out and you couldn't taste the textures because everything was soggy. the tortillas were sort of grainy or cornmeal-y (i assume maybe that is how they were supposed to be, but it made the texture even more strange). the carnitas taco wasn't special...and as my husband said, "the quality of this meat is suspect." i don't know if our tacos were lower quality because we ate in the tacqueria part of the venue (rather than the sit-down restaurant), but still...it didn't make me want to go back. i did want to try the churros con chocolate...but i don't know if they will disappoint me, too!

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La Verdad
1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. I too finally tried the tacos at Dorado last week and I enjoyed my lunch pretty darn much. I AM from Cali so I have styles that I am accustomed to and like. I ordered the 2 taco special with rice, beans and grilled jalapeno. I got a Dorado(spicy fish) taco and shrimp taco. The Dorado was very good with pretty darn good corn tortillas(2 of 'em)--somewhat similar to those I enjoyed in San Diego; the shrimp taco, while good, was not like those I always get while home in San Francisco--these were highly fried shrimp, while my strong preference are those shrimp "Mission" tacos where they grill the shrimp and are used simply with salsa and lime in corn tortillas. These were good though, but not as good ;) The rice and beans were really excellent with plenty of spicy heat. The jalapeno was a nice touch as was the highly necessary lime wedge. I would definitely return as the service was pleasant as well :)

    1. In its new home, El Pelon is as good as ever. I will observe that it's a rare place that uses only a single layer of corn tortillas (heresy in my book) per taco, yet its tacos somehow manage to hold together. La Verdad does one tortilla per taco and illustrates why I have that rule: it falls apart before the second bite, yielding a frustrating mess. Dorado uses two, and while the fish tacos are excellent, I have a hard time resisting the cemitas there.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      La Verdad
      1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        El Pelon's new home?!???!!!??!??!?!?!??!!

        Where? When? How did this happen without huge banner headlines, parades, fireworks, the whole works?

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        El Pelon
        2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

        1. re: Ricardo Malocchio

          Moved to 2197 Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton, opened a couple of weeks ago. Lines out the door since. It's right near the terminus of the Green Line B train. There are even a few parking spaces out front and on the side of the building.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Yes, T-accessible. Now, I only need a clear path to the register!

            Dorado is dandy, Verdad best forgotten, Pelon owns my heart.

      2. I haven;t tried La Verdad but would agree on Dorado, which I tried last week. For $2.50, the fish tacos are fine and a nice snack. They're closer to Rubios (in San Diego) thank anything else I've tried here. I can understand why the tortillas are not everyone's cup o' tea, but they aren't bad. Need to try the cemitas next time.

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        La Verdad
        1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

        1. I took advantage of my first twitter post ever (thanks eatboston) and got the $2 fish tacos at Dorado last Wed. They were decent altho they didn't seem as good as the first time I had them. Maybe getting them to go and waiting even 5 or so min was enough to decrisp things. Good crema, good slaw, okay fish, the 2nd layer of tortilla almost seemed unnecessary that day at least.