For our most recent brunch adventure, we wanted to feature festive fare from the east coast—of Mexico, that is.
So, naturally, we turned to a favorite spot that always evokes the tranquil-yet-exotic spirit of the bohemian Mexican town—Tulum.
The cozy restaurant nestled at the edge of Highland Park and Oak Lawn has long been one of the top restaurants in town for elevated Mexican cuisine, but when chef José Meza took over after its post-lockdown reopening, things got even better. In fact, dinner at Tulum was our first in-restaurant experience after months of takeout and delivery, so we couldn’t wait to return for brunch one day.
Well, that day came this past Sunday.
We started things off with a skinny margarita (because we always love a classic tequila-agave-lime-and-triple-sec creation) and one of their signature frozen Coco Loco margaritas, which features coconut water, coconut milk, and pineapple for the best of both Margarita and Piña Colada worlds.
Then, because we’d had a vigorous workout earlier in the morning and were quite famished, we quickly ordered two appetizers to stop the other tables from staring while trying to determine where the very loud growling was coming from.
Soon, our table was graced with a wonderful vuelve a la vida shrimp cocktail accented with fresh avocado and a tequila cocktail sauce. That was accompanied by one of the best versions of wood oven queso fundido we’d ever had. In addition to the melty blend of Mexican cheeses, it was crowned with chorizo-flavored shrimp and served with handmade corn tortillas.
We should’ve stopped there because the dishes were large enough to fill us up. But because we’re gluttons in every sense of the word—and because we knew we couldn’t review a brunch based solely on appetizers and cocktails—we pressed onward.
Breakfast tacos with bacon, huevos motuleños (pictured above) with black beans, green peas and ham, and chilaquiles with both red and green sauces (Merry Christmas!) provided a fantastic cross-section of brunch options—and more than enough for leftovers.
To say we loved every moment of our time at Tulum would be an understatement because it’s just one of those perfect Dallas brunch spots. The lighting’s low, the crowd’s chill, the service is impeccable, and the food is as delicious as it is affordable. (Most egg dishes are $10-12, brunch cocktails are $8-9, and wines by the glass are all $7.)
And, best of all, you don’t even have to travel through Cancun to get there.
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
4216 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas