Dos Perros. Two dogs. Seems simple enough, right?
However, when placed in downtown Durham, NC, these two dogs are transformed into a magnificent Mexican spot perfect for date night or a get together with two ladies. Since my main squeeze is located in Philadelphia (without me, for the next few months), I opted for my other partner-in-(legal)-crime: Melissa. And, though our initial destination was Dame’s, plans changed and we ended up in a different Durham restaurant, but EQUALLY on my Triangle Bucket List.
The menu wasn’t too long, but it had everything we needed. Dinner, appetizers, and, of course, cocktails!
Melissa ordered the Dos Perros Sangria: “Hibiscus, citrus, seasonal fruit and red wine, mixed into an addictive beverage.”
I opted for the always-popular classic margarita: “Fresh orange and lime juice, just a dash of sugar, and, of course, tequila. If you agree that a margarita should be tart and refreshing, you’ll love it.”
I have to admit, after trying both our beverages, the margarita came out on top. Then again, anything with tequila, fresh lime juice, and rimmed with salt is all I need to be satisfied. I will say that Dos Perros offers a load of craft beers on their extensive drink menu, but, when in Rome…
Speaking of menus, I’d scoped their dinner menu out for quite some time before we headed to our seats (we had a bit of a wait, though nothing too off-putting), so I knew some ideas of what I wanted. What we got was a mixed bunch of goodies (and… not AS goodies).
The guacamole started the meal off on the best note possible. Creamy with just the right amount of chunks (yay corn!), this guacamole order for $5 was delicious and hearty! A rather large serving, that didn’t stop us from virtually (actually?) licking the bowl.
No worries, because our meal came shortly after we’d finished.
As Melissa and I are both fond of sweet potato ANYTHING, we were all on board for the Sweet potato empanadas with chipotle, fig sauce (for $7).
I’ll admit, the empanadas themselves were actually not all that life-changing. It was the sauce that brought the dish home for me. The sweet mixed with the savory, salty fried pastry completed this plate. We split this order, as well as a “main dish”.
Lamb enchiladas w/ tomato-red pepper salsa. With shredded cabbage, avocado, queso fresco ($16).
The ends of these (3) enchiladas were actually a little dry. That’s all that I can complain about, though. The lamb inside was tender and the queso fresco on top of everything was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Again, the sauce (or, in this case, salsa) was slathered over all the best bites, and I even enjoyed some of the rice (which I normally avoid like the plague.)
I wish we’d opted to replace the pinto beans with black beans, but the whole plate worked. It worked a-okay.
Since we got a patio seat outside, we enjoyed our dinner outside, lit by candles. However, by 9pm, it was a little too chilly for us (who hadn’t thought to bring jackets or sweaters, in hopes that we could trick our body into believing that it was already summer) so we migrated inside for the grand finale (finale grande?)
Mole poblano ice cream topped with house-made granola. I don’t remember the price of this, but it was totally worth it, whatever it was.
One bite seemed sweet and sumptuous, the next bite possessed a spicy kick that reminded you what an amazing feeling taste-dissonance can be. This ice cream…. just go get it. It’s ethereal.
Though there were not-so-highs during this dinner, nothing was bad and there were a few standouts that I’d go back again and again to enjoy.
The Triangle Bucket List continues to be a booming success. I can’t wait to see what’s next…
What’s your favorite taste combination? Salty sweet? Spicy and creamy? hot and cold?