Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Dos of Mexico

El Centro gets a second home in Brookline Village


Dona Marie is something of a legend.

Her quesadillas made her a culinary legend in her native Mexico.

And now their gooey bliss is yours at El Centro Dos, chef/owner Allan Rodriguez's second Boston-area location opening this month in Brookline Village.

They made a long journey — from her small town in northern Mexico, Dona Marie's quesadilla recipes and techniques were passed (or spoken, technically) directly to Rodriguez and brought by him north of the border. The son of restaurant owners himself, Rodgriuez's quesadillas are just one of the flavors he's imported from his homeland to his current Boston kitchen.

That means everything from Dona Marie-approved street food favorites — warm corn flautas, chimichangas stuffed with barbecued shredded beef, and various tostadas — to their self-proclaimed "best in the world" charcoal-grilled carne asada.

She'd be equally proud of the space itself, personally curated by Rodriguez with artwork and crafts from his native country.

And like any hardworking woman, she'd appreciate a healthy glass of their spice sangria. 

Hey, what you do at lunch hour, stays at lunch hour.

El Centro Dos
236 Washington St., Brookline

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Brookline Village
Best bets: Carne asada; bacon-wrapped shrimp; homemade enchiladas
Nearby: Stoli Bar & Restaurant; Matt Murphy's Pub; La Morra

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