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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 Cocina Mexicana on Oak Lawn in Dallas' Design District, photo by foodbitch
el Bolero Cocina Mexicana on Oak Lawn in Dallas’ Design District

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 tables set up for last night's tequila dinner
One of the tables set up for last night’s tequila dinner
details, details.


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.

sage margarita at el Bolero, photo by foodbitch
sage margarita at el Bolero
signage for a Lunazul Tequila specialty margarita featuring cooked agave
signage for a Lunazul Tequila specialty margarita featuring cooked agave

Our first course featured a trio of sopes: nopales, salmon and chorizo, served with Lunazul reposado tequila to sip.

Trio of sopes at el Bolero, photo by foodbitch
Trio of sopes at el Bolero

This horseradish-infused pineapple margarita was by far my favorite cocktail of the night. Sweet and savory, it surprised and delighted the senses! Incredible!

Horseradish-infused pineapple margarita at el Bolero featuring Lunazul Reposado Tequila, photo by foodbitch
Horseradish-infused pineapple margarita at el Bolero featuring Lunazul Reposado Tequila
Second course: pork mixiote served with Lunazul Anejo for sipping, photo by foodbitch
Second course: pork mixiote served with Lunazul Anejo for sipping

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!

veggie tacos at el Bolero, photo by foodbitch
veggie tacos at el Bolero

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!

Lunazul Primero Tequila, photo by foodbitch
Lunazul Primero Tequila
Ancho chile chocolate cake at el Bolero, photo by foodbitch
Ancho chile chocolate cake at el Bolero

Ancho chile chocolate cake? Okay, that’ll work.
el Bolero Cocina Mexicana  |  1201 Oak Lawn Avenue  |  elboleromexican.com

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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. 

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