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Best Mexican Restaurant Houston 2005 - Hugo's



1600 Westheimer Rd.

Houston, TX 77006


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Did Hugo Ortega know he was creating the most cutting-edge Mexican food in town when he opened his eponymous restaurant? Or was he simply paying homage to the diversity and culinary gifts of his homeland? Either way, he's at the forefront of 21st-century Mexican cuisine -- both locally and nationally. First-timers can expect to be challenged and surprised by the menu offerings: pato en mole poblano (roasted duck in red mole), cabrito (roasted goat meat pulled from the bone) and conejo rostizado (roasted rabbit with guajillo adobo, camote morado and jicama salad). Ortega and wife Tracy Vaught also co-own Backstreet Cafe, and true to form, their desserts are impressive -- especially the chocolate flan with ground cocoa beans. And don't miss the tequila flight, which offers a trio of tequila or mescal samples.
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Victor A. Diaz
Victor A. Diaz

We discovered Hugo's shortly before we moved to Louisville, KY. We probably went thee times a week until the time we moved two months later. While in Kentucky we hungered for a "Hugo's". No such luck. Not even good Tex Mex or Cal Mex.

Hugo's is one of the best true Mexican regional cuisine restaurants in the Country. Easily on par with Rick Bayless' famed restaurants in Chicago Frontera Grill and Topolobampo and New York City's Maya. I would venture to say that there are few cities in Mexico that are blessed with an Hugo's. The freshness of his ingredients and his wiliness to explore into the depths of what Mexico has to offer and then adds the unexpected twist.

The Margaritas are some of the best prepared beverages in its class.

The service is good, although sometimes a bit hurried.The noise leval can be high with a full house. But the food makes you forget this as you enjoy what a Mexican restaurant in Heaven must be like!