Dolores is a great place to have in your black book. Especially in Hackescher Markt where food is usually one of three things; bad, expensive, meant to appeal to tourists. Dolores is cheap and cheerfull. A standard chicken burrito is €4.95. And it’s stuffed with rice (still al’ dente, not really a good thing for rice but ach well), spicy black beans, guacamole, iceberg and chicken. I have tasted better burritos then this. In San Francisco in a suburb where everyone was Mexican and I had to order in Spanish, because no one spoke English. But we are in Berlin here so considering that, Dolores makes a decent burrito, better than that, a good burrito.
The music is loud, the wallpaper is a map of San Francisco Bart stations (I think), the menu is simple and consistent. The glass door is smothered in a slew of stickers, various recomendations and awards.
My favorite part is how organized they are during busy lunch services. When I went there for lunch on Friday there was a constant cue of over half a dozen people at any given time. No one, including myself, had to wait longer than five minutes for their order. The staff are lined up in an orderely fashion and use ice scream scoops to ensure everyone gets similar and fair portions. Plop, plop, plop, drizzle of sauce, a rustle of paper and your bundled burrito is ready.
I like to explore why some business models work and some just bomb. I have had my own businesses in the past and hope that after things get settled on the kiddie family front I can start up my own business again. A food related one this time. Something I am so nervous about because I am such a critical person, whatever I opened would literally have to be perfect otherwise I would wither away with shame!
But I have a few years left yet. In the meantime, if you find yourself in the area with a rumbling tummy and five euros in your pocket – this might be the place for you…