Placing orders — Photo courtesy of DoloresIn the past few years, Mexican food - most prominently burritos and tacos - has exploded in popularity in urban enclaves across the globe. Owing to their large Hispanic populations, New York City and Los Angeles are two cities that have spearheaded this Mexicana movement, and cities in Europe are also now starting to feel the urge to dip south of the border for culinary inspiration. Enter Dolores: a restaurant shaped off this California-style model that does Mexican food to perfection in the heart of Berlin.
Entrance to the burrito temple — Photo courtesy of Dolores
Having lived in Berlin and constantly being disappointed with the quality of Mexican food here, it was great to find that Dolores is the real deal. Dolores offers not only burritos, but cheesy quesadillas, fresh salads and delicious soups as well. All dishes are prepared fresh-to-order with only the highest quality ingredients and - in the case of the burritos - quite literally rolled in front of you. There is also a changing daily menu offering specials, in addition to some tasty vegetarian options and homemade guacamole.
Indoor seating — Photo courtesy of Dolores
Dolores has clearly made its presence in the heart of Mitte felt as patrons flock to its humble digs in droves. Most prominently, this is Berlin's young start-up and creative class and its international hipster brigade. Owing to its popularity, Dolores has recently opened its second location in West Berlin on Wittenbergplatz - this is across from the tourist stop KaDeWe. According to Dolores' website, its mission is to save people from having to eat döner, currywurst and french fries. Clearly, Berlin's savior has arrived.