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Last night, the folks at Apheleia Restaurant Group (who also bring us the delicious and beautiful Oak and Pakpao) invited me to a Lunazul Tequila tequila dinner at el Bolero — three courses paired el Bolero’s Mexican goodness. I don’t always sip liquor, but when I do, it’s usually tequila, so I eagerly agreed to attend said dinner. Salud!
el Bolero is located on the outskirts of Dallas’ Design District, not far from Oak and Pakpao, but far enough that you wonder if you’ve missed it. Google Maps won’t lead you astray. Once you’re there, you’re greeted by one of the most beautiful Mexican restaurants I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t stop taking photos of the space last night. I probably looked like a crazy person. As per usual.
One of the most exciting things about last night’s dinner were the expertly crafted cocktails created especially for us with Lunazul Tequila! The sage margarita, pictured below, was delicious, but the cocktails only got better from there.
Our first course featured a trio of sopes: nopales, salmon and chorizo, served with Lunazul reposado tequila to sip.
This horseradish-infused pineapple margarita was by far my favorite cocktail of the night. Sweet and savory, it surprised and delighted the senses! Incredible!
This non-pork eater was delighted to be served some delicious veggie tacos on house-made blue corn tortillas. These were perfect — sweet and savory, delicate and I really appreciated the gesture from the staff at el Bolero to take care of me!
Our last sip was an innovation in tequila distilling technology: Lunazul Primero. It’s aged añejo tequila that is distilled to remove most of the color, resulting in a smoothness, but the flavor of the barrels is still present. It’s a great sipping experience. Bring me a steak!
Ancho chile chocolate cake? Okay, that’ll work. el Bolero Cocina Mexicana | 1201 Oak Lawn Avenue | elboleromexican.com
NOTE: The tequila pairing dinner at el Bolero was comped. Value: $50. That said, my kind words cannot be bought, for $50 or any amount, so anything positive (or negative) you read above is completely my own opinion.
Foodbitch is an expert eater and published food writer who lives in Dallas, Texas with her exceptionally well-fed twin daughters, husband and their dogs. She’ll tell you what to eat and you’ll like it.