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Apr 27, 2010 12:05 PM

Dorado Tacos & Cemitas Total Disappointment

Hit it for lunch Monday.

When I walked in the place had a sort of stale smell with a hint of cleaning product. And the place was empty. I swear restaurants should just keep onions and garlic sauteeing 24x7 just to give a place a good inviting smell. I almost left before ordering just cause of the smell.

The place had a sad vibe :(

Got the taco plate.

The fish taco was nothing at all to write home about. Very small, fish batter a tad soggy, not enough cabbage. Eh.

Chorizo taco also just eh. How do you manage to make "house made" chorizo with no flavor?

The fried black beans had a funny atypical taste to them. Too tricky to add some cumin, a bit of fresh lime juice, and (and least in the best rendition) a little bacon fat or lard? I guess so.

The rice was dry, and also flavorless.

Quite frankly every single thing I ate was soulless and dull. The beans were almost ick.

Would NEVER bother giving it a second whirl. And to think I almost hit Dok Bua...

Also had a mini hamentashen from Kupels which was lame. They used to be tasty, what happened?

Gosh that was a lame lunch stop. I hate wasting a good meal on undeliciousness...

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  1. I agree that the fish tacos are puny and not an optimal bargain. Definitely not sufficient sustenance or economic value for the V-ball players back in the day on Mission Beach, let alone the Allston college kids today. ;)

    How did you find the tortillas ?

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    1. re: Nab

      Size of the fish taco would not have bothered me if it actually tasted like something. Two with rice and beans for $7 or so is not so bad, certainly enough for lunch. There was just no flava...

      The tortillas (which they did serve two of per taco) were flabby and seemed like they had been steamed or something. Way better to just heat them on the griddle.

      The El Pelon rendition was way, way better.

      El Pelon
      2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

    2. They do a good job with mayonnaise and cheese- I would recommend the shrimp tacos, the quesadillas, and the fresh chips and guac. Rice and beans are indeed poor.

      Kupel's hasn't been good in ~10 years, back before they went kosher. This is especially true of the sweet pastries.

      1. Too bad to hear that this is still the case- your experience mirrors my two tries from when they were new in almost every single detail! Chorizo was some weird un-chorizo-like ground beefish thing, and the rice and beans were practicaly inedible (In fact, although I try never to waste food, I had two bites and couldn't hack it)
        I wonder if it has anything to do with time of day? I've only been there in the afternoon or early dinnerish (6 or 6:30), never later. Is there a magical time of day when things are fresher?

        1. Gosh, I went a few weeks ago and had a much better experience with the fish taco. I claim no fish-taco-cred but I did like it a lot - the fish was freshly fried and definitely not soggy, seemed like about the right amount of cabbage for me, and I liked the crema (mayo?) on top. I do agree that the tortillas were a bit steamy - would have been improved by a minute on the griddle. And I suppose it was small but for $2.50 I wasn't really expecting large. (Plus it left enough room to walk over to Rami's for a falafel.) But the fry job was excellent, which is what sold it for me. Also I liked the watermelon agua fresca I had with it - genuinely watermelony and not too sweet. I was there at around 2:00 and it was quiet, but I didn't get a sad vibe; more of a lazy spring day vibe. I'd go back, though it sounds like I'll want to avoid the chorizo and the rice & beans.

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          1. re: MichaelB

            Agree that the tacos are not terribly small for the $2.50 price, but when you order the "Plate," the rice and beans are inedible, and all you have are two small crappy tacos, it doesn't amount to lunch, which then amounts to a drag.

            Heck, even the "Crema" was lame. Too loose, kinda watery.

            I really liked the El Pelon rendition. To try a tastier version you don't even need to get on a plane. Even if the fry job were better then what I had, between the soggy tacos, lack of cabbage, iffy crema, there is no way what they are serving at Dorado is even a passable rendition.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              there are different fish tacos there- if i recall correctly they don't all have cabbage, some have onions or pickled radish

              1. re: Luther

                El Pelon has nice pickled onions AND cabbage. It is just WAY tastier.

                El Pelon
                2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

              2. re: StriperGuy

                I guess I think $2.50 is pretty steep for a fish taco (quality aside), esp of that size.

                Here's the Dorado fish taco, on a standard 6-inch tort:

                Fits nicely in the tort, with an inch or two on either side to spare.

                Here's a $1.65 taco I grabbed in SoCal last year, same 6-inch torts:

                But yes, this is like the ol' grateful dead concert joke that I believe wilbanks has quoted on the boards here before: "lousy show, poorly played, tons of mistakes, terrible song selection ... and also way too short."

                1. re: Nab

                  I like the other one, too: what one grateful dead concert-goer say to the other when they ran out of pot? "Dude, this music sucks.'"

                  1. re: Nab

                    That's like the Woody Allen quip, and I paraphrase: The food here's terrible, and the portions are too small.

                    1. re: almansa

                      'No one goes there anymore, it's too crowded.'

              3. Geez, folks - I was at Dorado a few months ago and rather enjoyed the tacos - nothing groundbreaking, but yummy all the same. Although, the owner was in the house, so maybe everything was up to tip-top shape...

                And while I have only ever gotten bagels from Kupel's, I rather like them too.

                Maybe y'all have that cold that's been going around - messed up your taste buds. ;)

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                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  RE: Kupels, it really is true, since they changed over to Kosher the bagels and everything really went downhill. I threw away part of my hamentashen, tasted like it was made from some Kosher hamentashen mix.

                  If you want to try an excellent bagel, and the best challah in Boston hit Rosenfeld's, though I think they don't make the challah every day.