Sunday at Dorado Tacos

8 Feb

Brunch at Dorado Tacos at 401 Harvard Street in Brookline

The Boston Brunches is a group of folks who like to eat, take photos, and to talk all about it.  This past Sunday I was fortunate to enjoy Sunday Brunch with a number of Boston Brunchers at Dorado Tacos of Brookline.  Both brunch with BB and the visit to Dorado Tacos were firsts for me, and happily the food and company turned out to be equally exceptional.

Dorado’s is an intimate place located at 401 Harvard Street, between Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton and Coolidge Corner, Brookline. There are a ton of places in the neighborhood, but Dorado’s unique mixture of Mexican street food and Baja California-style offerings make it stand out in the crowd.

On the line inside Dorado's tiny kitchen

When our group arrived – an hour earlier than Dorado’s normal Sunday opening time of 11 AM, I made my way into the kitchen and met owner Doug Organ.  Organ, a transplanted west-coaster from California and a veteran of the restaurant industry explained that the inspiration for Dorado Taco & Cemitas came from the introduction of fish tacos to the menu at a previous establishment in Jamaica Plain.  “It just took off”, he said, and so far, it appears to be working at his current place as well.

Dorado's not only offers Mexican street food, but beer too!

Brunch to me is normally an extended period of  time where you linger and sample a number of different foods, typically spread out on a buffet table under heating lamps or on ice.  These would include items you would find on a breakfast menu or lunch card, but this is not the case at Dorado. Once I realized that and mentally made the switch to “breakfast mode,” I was excited to see Huevos Rancheros, among various other options on the menu.

Amenda of, left, orders her brunch at Dorado's

I spent two years in the Peace Corps in the highlands of Guatemala, and a version huevos rancheros was a staple for me at that time. I also ordered a cup of English Breakfast tea, and was pleasantly surprised to see an electric hot water kettle behind the cash register.  As I’ve said in previous posts, it is often very difficult to get a good cup of tea at most places, but Dorado’s offers MEM Tea and the fact that they use an electric kettle is key.  There are numerous other things to drink including Mexican Hot Chocolate (a number of brunchers had this and liked it) as well as Agua Frescas, and, as I mentioned above, they have beer.


My huevos rancheros were a perfect combination of two wonderfully runny, sunny side up eggs smothered in a spicy salsa, atop a lightly fried corn tortilla and topped with queso fresco and some fresh chopped cilantro.  Also included on my plate were black beans, spiced but not crazy hot, that complemented the eggs and salsa that reminded me of my time in the highlands of Guatemala.

Huevos Ranchers and black beans

Simple food, as it should be

My meal cost me a Hamilton, including a second cup of tea, and I left Dorado’s completely satisfied.  I’d shared a great time with new friends who share a love and passion for food that I understand well, and found a new local establishment that shares that same love and passion that I do.  Thanks to Dorado Tacos and my fellow brunche KimmyLaraBrianJoshAmandaMeganMeeshKatherineKatyNicoleJackiKathy,  EmilAthena, and of course Boston Brunchers organizer, Renee for a great time.

Thanks for taking a look.

Remember, Food is Love!




16 Responses to “Sunday at Dorado Tacos”

  1. Emily @ A Cambridge Story February 8, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    I was disappointed to have canceled on this brunch — it looks absolutely fantastic!

    • Justin Ide February 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

      Too bad you missed it Emily … next time.

  2. Eat.Live.Blog. February 8, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    What a beautiful write up and pictures! I hope to get to talk to you more next time!

    • Justin Ide February 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

      Thanks .. I had a great time!

  3. Brian Knowles February 8, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Great writing and photography! What an inspiration. Look forward to chatting soon and learning from you.

    • Justin Ide February 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

      Thanks Brian .. Photo Class?

  4. Meesh February 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    great meeting you, and great photos! how did you get into the kitchen? I missed that

    • Justin Ide February 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

      Just have to ask Meesh … worst they can do is say no!

  5. Megan February 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I love your pictures!–especially the look into the kitchen–I didn’t even think of that. Nice meeting you yesterday, too. Looking forward to seeing you at more events 🙂

    • Justin Ide February 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

      Thanks Megan … I’ll always be in the kitchen if I can!

  6. Daisy February 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    great review! I hope to make it here sometime soon 🙂

    • Justin Ide February 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

      Thanks … Huevos were wonderful!

  7. Kimmy February 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Fabulous write-up and even more wonderful photographs. So lovely to meet you!

    • Justin Ide February 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      Thanks Kimmy .. great to meet you too and thanks for your help with my questions.

  8. jacobstreet February 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Properly boiled water for a good cup of tea is essential. Cheers to the electric kettle!


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