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Brunch Of The Week: Son Of A Beach

Ever since the cold weather hit us hard yesterday, we’ve been dreaming of days spent in the sun and sand of Puerto Vallarta, our happiest of Happy Places in Mexico.

Sadly, we don’t have time in our schedule to go until early 2022. But at least we can get some sense memories activated during brunch at Jalisco Norte.

Much like his other restaurant, Tulum, gives us Mexico’s east coast vibes, chef José Meza captures the essence of Puerto Vallarta (and the entire state of Jalisco) at every meal of the day. Of course, brunch being our favorite meal of the week—no matter what country we’re in—we can proudly say that it’s easily one of the best times of the week to take a culinary excursion to the Oak Lawn restaurant.

As usual, we like to settle in with a cocktail while figuring out what (and how much) we need to order to soak up our booze. Luckily, Jalisco Norte’s brunch cocktails range from $7-8, rather than the much-higher-priced options some places have that prevent us from wanting a second round. (Of course, if you’re looking to splurge, Jalisco Norte also offers a $50 margarita, so don’t stress about coming off cheap among your friends if you don’t want to.)

The food options include everything you’d find at a beachfront restaurant in Mexico, which adds to our brunch vacation fantasy. The fact the chef Meza elevates every dish beyond its south-of-the-border counterparts without losing any of the authentic flavors? That’s merely an added bonus.

Breakfast tacos, migas and huevos rancheros are all options, but we have two definite favorites on the menu. And the best part, you can order them both and share with a friend. Start

The Mexican Style Chilaquiles start with housemade corn chips topped with red or green salsa (we asked for both!) along with sautéed onions, fresh corn, pulled chicken, a medley of cheeses, and two eggs fried (or to your liking). It’s definitely enough to share, especially if you want a brunchy dessert.

For that craving, turn to the Tres Leches Pancake, a giant disc of carby goodness made with caramelized pineapple and topped with cinnamon butter, tres leches syrup and toasted coconut. There’s a reason there’s only one pancake.

So if you, too, dream of a trip to Puerto Vallarta—or anywhere in Mexico—and can’t make it down there quite yet, we think a jaunt to Jalisco Norte for brunch will do the trick in the meantime.

Jalisco Norte Brunch
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Reservations recommended
3858 Oak Lawn Ave #470, Dallas

Food photo courtesy of Jalicso Norte