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Tulum-Inspired Tex-Mex Restaurant Brings a Jungle Oasis to Highland Village

The plant-covered Hugo’s Lost Colony offers a dozen boozy frozen drinks, fried calamari, and more

Bulbed lights and leaves decorating a restaurant ceiling
Lights and leaves on the ceiling at Hugo’s Lost Colony
Hugo’s Lost Colony

The DFW’s abundant Tex-Mex scene has a new addition in Hugo’s Lost Colony, a lush tropical oasis that opened for business in Highland Village on Monday, November 15.

Hugo’s Lost Colony is remarkable for its elaborate jungly decor, with sprawling plant life embellishing nearly every inch of wall and ceiling, including a giant palm tree resting underneath a leafy canopy in the main dining area. String lights and neon signs add to the ornate look of the Yucatan-inspired restaurant, practically begging diners to snap a selfie amongst its glowing letters and lush greenery.

The green theme carries over to its patio area, which features a number of hanging plants and vines in addition to having green cushioned stools.

Aside from being highly Instagram-able, Hugo’s Lost Colony offers a menu of familiar Tex-Mex fare, with traditional dishes like enchiladas, fajitas, and nachos. It also has some hearty starters, such as fried calamari and pork belly charro beans.

The restaurant’s bar, dubbed Bar Tulum, currently serves 12 different versions of frozen and on-the-rocks margaritas, primarily prepared with Mi Campo Tequila, with the exception of its top-shelf margarita, which is made with Casa Noble Reposado. In addition, Bar Tulum has domestic and Mexican beer and a small handful of local craft brews, like Dallas Blonde from Deep Ellum Brewing Co.

Hugo’s Lost Colony offers a brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, which includes huevos rancheros, steak chile relleno, and fresh mimosas.

The restaurant, located at 2420 Justin Road, is the second to be named after co-founder Hugo Miranda. Hailing from Monterey, Miranda opened Mexican establishment Hugo’s Invitados in Irving back in 2018.

Hugo’s Lost Colony is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. on. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.


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