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1600 Westheimer Rd. (Mandell St.) Send to Phone
713-524-7744 | Menu
The cuisine of Mexico prepared with heart and soul --- as well as a culinary twist.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Hugo's, Houston, TX

Hugo's Restaurant Review

: Born in Mexico City, chef Hugo Ortega worked his way through the Houston restaurant scene before opening Hugo's with his restaurateur wife, Tracy Vaught. Housed in a vintage 1925 building, lovingly restored to the original brick walls and stamped-tin ceiling, Hugo's is a dining destination worth seeking out. Start with one of the ceviches, perhaps a version with tuna cured in cucumber, honeydew, jalapeño, papaya, mango, heart of palm and avocado. If you're an adventurous eater, try the chapulines, pan-sautéed grasshoppers served with guacamole, tortillas and chipotle tomatillo salsa. Main dishes range from roasted duck in mole poblano to cochinita pibil to a spicy seafood soup with shrimp, fish, mussels, clams and soft shell crab. There's a notable wine list and multiple tequila selections, not to mention desserts by Ortega's brother and pastry chef Ruben Ortega. Among the temptations are churros stuffed with dulce de leche, Mexican hot chocolate and house-made chocolate ice cream. Hugo's makes a romantic date night spot, particularly on the candlelit patio. The Sunday brunch buffet is popular, so make a reservation to sample the seemingly endless Mexican delicacies. (Saturday brunch is à la carte.)


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