Centro: Fish Tacos

Where: Centro (formerly Dos Taquitos Centro), 106 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: Entomatadas + Tacos de Pescado

How to order it: While Centro does not offer a GF Menu, many of their menu items are naturally Gluten-Free. As the server explained, traditionally-prepared Mexican cuisine is made from corn, beans, and rice. Wheat was introduced into Mexican dishes more recently.

If a restaurant serves traditional corn tortillas, these should be made with just corn meal and perhaps a little lime juice. To be certain, ask whether the corn tortillas contain any wheat flour. The server assured me that the tortillas in both the Entomatadas and the fish tacos were made only with corn.

Can you determine whether a tortilla is made from only corn? This is not a fail-safe method, but I think this note from Wikipedia’s entry on the two types of Mexican Tortilla (corn versus wheat) is helpful:

The two versions of the Mexican tortilla have different textures owing to the grains from which they originate: the maize version is somewhat thicker and heartier in texture, while the wheat version is less easily broken, due to its elevated gluten content, and therefore often larger in circumference.

When ordering a fish dish, it is a good idea to ask whether their fish is breaded with wheat flour or seasoning which may contain gluten.

When beans are listed as a side, ask whether the dish contains any wheat as thickener and/or preservative. Some canned beans, refried or whole, contain wheat flour. The black beans at Centro were wheat-free.

Finally, when rice is listed as a side, it is a good idea to ask whether the rice was cooked in a broth that contains wheat. At Centro, they made their own chicken broth, and this was wheat-free.

What it looks like:

The best description of the Entomatada appetizer (pictured above) comes directly from their menu: “Feel like you are at Grandma’s. Home-made corn tortillas dipped in a sweet tomato sauce; drizzled with hot chile de arbol sauce, topped with diced queso fresco, pickled red onions and cracked black peppercorns.”

Again, the menu says it best: “Two soft corn tortillas, filled with grilled catch of the day, pineapple pico de gallo and avocado. Served with rice, beans and our delicious spicy coleslaw. The Best in town!!

As you can see in the photo, the corn tortillas were doubled up in order to help keep all those lovely ingredients under wraps. The salsa was made with cuts of fresh pineapple, and was a cilantro-lover’s delight. The beans and rice were flavorful and worthy of their own praise.

Green Note: The following message is posted on their menu:

Centro serves both unique and traditional mexican cuisine. We use fresh organic and local ingredients whenever possible to provide healthy and flavorful dishes, as well as to support local farmers. We are located in a newly renovated historic building, originally constructed in 1910.

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Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. […] Dos Taquitos Centro: Fish Tacos […]

  2. Thanks so much for doing a GF feature on my favorite lunch spot, Dos Taquitos Centro. I eat there weekly–the food is as good as it looks in the photos, if not better. Their sweet tea is great too! I like the chicken quesadillas, made with the corn tortillas. YUM! The salad is good too with some grilled chicken on top. Might have to visit this week. Thanks again!

    • It was absolutely my pleasure! After eating there, I can see how it will quickly become one of my favorite restaurants, too. Hope to see you there someday!

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