We love Mexico. Way more than the U.S. in recent years, especially, but we haven’t had enough Sparkling Hibiscus Mimosas to get into politics.
Nor should we on the happy occasion of Brunch of the Week returning after a little time off for Pride Month.
This very day last summer we were relaxing on the beach in Sayulita, and darn it if we don’t have a big ol’ case of FOMO right now. But the next best thing for us when we crave time south of the border is to spend a few hours dining and drinking at a restaurant that reminds us of Mexico.
That’s one of the many reasons we love El Bolero in the Design District.
Every Saturday and Sunday they roll out the salsa-colored carpet for lovers of their weekend brunch, which starts early at 10:00 a.m. and goes late-ish until 3:00 p.m.
Start with one of El Bolero’s signature brunch cocktails (including the sparkling mimosa we mentioned earlier, or a Green Michelada, Bloody Maria, or Passionfruit Horchata spiked with cinnamon-spiced tequila.
On the savory side of brunch dishes, make sure to check out the huevos rancheros and our personal favorite, the El Bolero Brunch Poblano, which features a big poblano pepper stuffed with chorizo, eggs, and nopales before getting topped with housemade ranchero sauce. It’s yummy on a whole other level.
If you have a sweet tooth, then definitely try the Masa Harina Churro Pancakes, wonderfully textured cakes topped with cinnamon-sugar, honey, cajeta and whipped cream. Pro tip: It’s also a great shareable dessert at the end of your meal.
The patio’s great when the weather’s not 1,000 degrees, but the El Bolero dining room is always a lively place to hang out, too.
We’re partial to grabbing a couple of seats at the bar ourselves because we never know what tasty libation will catch our eyes. That’s how we discovered the Oilman Margarita—a midnight black concoction made with activated charcoal and topped with glittery edible gold stars.
Because everyone knows the gays can’t resist some glitter in their drinks.
El Bolero Weekend Brunch
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1201 Oak Lawn Avenue #160, Dallas