The bean proved to be one of Mexican cuisine's most versatile ingredients by taking on the roles of Iago, Roderigo, and Desdemona in an edible interpretation of Shakespeare's Othello. Admire a variety of tasty costume changes with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mexican fare and non-alcoholic drinks at Dos Perros in Durham.
Voted Best New and Mexican/Latin American Restaurant in Durham County by Indy Week readers in 2010, Dos Perros uses locally farmed ingredients to achieve the authenticity of traditional Mexican taquerias. Chicharrón chasers can start by diving into a sweet potato empanada with chipotle fig sauce ($6-$7) and cheese-and-jalapeno-stuffed plantain fritters with Oaxacan cream and salsa ($6-$7). From the lunch menu, the carnitas tacos ($2.50 per taco) beckon beaks with twice-cooked pork, chipotle, and tasty tomatillos, while the dinner menu unveils a tequila-and-lime-marinated hanger steak ($18) accompanied with potato-poblano gratin, greens, and habanero relish, or vegetarian chile relleno with black bean puree ($12). Proving that jack-o-lanterns are indeed insufficient disguises for winged animals, the duck enchiladas ($15) boast tender bites of bird slathered in pumpkin seed sauce and served with heirloom shell beans and rice.
Enclosed in burnt-orange walls ornamented by paintings and tapestries, Dos Perros provides diners with a warm, inviting atmosphere. They also host "movie night" every Tuesday where guests can migrate downstairs, order food and drinks, and watch a featured film on a 60" flat screen television. Occasionally, Dos Perros also features special meals honoring the movies they are showing, such as the Clint Eastwood inspired "Are you feeling lucky, empanada?" or the sci-fi-themed "Tortanator 2: Judgment Day."
Indy Week readers voted Dos Perros the Best New and Mexican/Latin American Restaurant in Durham County in 2010. Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average rating, 85% of Urbanspooners like it, and it received a positive writeup in the Bull City Food blog:
- …thanks to Dos Perros, we now have a place to go in downtown Durham that combines the truly great Mexican food of a local taqueria with the ambiance of a nice restaurant. – Bull City Food
- This is what I want from a meal out. Friendly people, quick service, and food so good I think I teared up at one point while eating the cake. – Ed S., Yelp