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CAPE CUISINE

Things don’t get much fresher than the Baja-style tacos, burritos and salads at El Dorado restaurant

May 1, 2018

Once you try the fresh, prepared-to-order shrimp, fish, chicken and steak at El Dorado at Coastal Highway and Rt. 24, you'll be hooked forever. Expertly spiced and healthy items are served up in the form of soft tacos, overstuffed burritos and even salads! Owner Aquiles Demerutis' obsession with freshness has loyal customers flocking to his informal, yet welcoming restaurant to enjoy his Baja-style creations with fish, shrimp, chicken (pollo asado) and steak (carne asada).

The typical fish taco is fried in a light and crispy batter, but Aquiles is also proud to offer them grilled. The overstuffed burritos can easily take on the form of a salad for a lighter bite that's still loaded with taste. Aquiles eats at his restaurant every day. His favorite dish is two grilled fish tacos and one chorizo taco with chips and a little guacamole: Lots of protein and minerals! Aquiles explains his surfer's physique: "I eat my healthy food daily, and I work out a few times a week. And I feel better than ever!" Everything at El Dorado is made fresh and cooked to order. Aquiles chimes in once again: "It's nothing fancy, and it's always fresh."

The main dishes come fully accessorized with salsa, rice, beans and taco fixins'. The beer-battered fish is cradled in a corn tortilla with fresh cabbage strips. The shrimp are hot and crispy, and the burritos are stuffed with your choice of fish or shrimp plus crunchy cabbage, jalapenos (if you ask!) and Mexican crema. A circle of tables and booths orbits a collection of cool pico de gallo; avocado salsa with chili peppers; shredded cabbage, tomatillo salsa made with chili de arbol, and a bracing mix of onions, carrots and habaneros.

Cinco de Mayo and Mexican street cuisine both carry special meaning for Aquiles. To mark that special day, the beers and sangrias at El Dorado will be only $3! Prefer a secret-recipe margarita? It can be yours for only $5.

El Dorado restaurant is at 18766 John J. Williams Highway, next to the UPS Store and behind the McDonald's at Rt. 24 and Coastal Highway. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 until 8 and on Friday and Saturday until 9. Closed Sunday. Order carryout at 302-645-1596.

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