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Hugo Ortega

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    Where to Eat in Houston for Easter 2014

    Your guide to holiday meals.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Food & Wine's Best New Chef List Includes Three Texans (And One Houstonian)

    Of Food & Wine magazine's ten "best new chefs," a designation given every year to up-and-comers in the United States food scene, three are from Texas. Way to represent, lone star state! The magazine released its annual list this week, and chefs from Houston, Austin and Dallas made the cut, proving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Where to Eat on Easter Day (2014)

    Some of you may be wondering, "When is Easter?" And I bet those of you who gave something up for Lent know exactly when Easter is (you've been counting down the days). Well, this special holiday is Sunday, April 20, and the best way to celebrate any weekend holiday is with brunch, no?. Many restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 31, Cochito con Mole Xico at Hugo's

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Will You Be My Valentine, Houston? 10 Reasons to Fall in Love With the City's Food Scene

    Yes, yes, we've all bitched at some time in our lives that Valentine's Day is an arbitrary holiday created by greeting card companies to make money while simultaneously forcing single people to re-examine their sorry existences, and because of this, we've all become huge grouches. Until, that is, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 34, Chiles de Padron Asados at Caracol

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014

    Where to Eat on Valentine's Day

    FYI, it's on a Friday.

  • Dining

    January 23, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2013

    Top 10 drive-throughs in Houston.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Where to Eat on Saint Valentine's Day 2014: FYI, It's On A Friday

    This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Oysters and Tuna Tacos: First Look at Caracol

    "I could come here just for this," I thought to myself as I sampled the unbelievably tasty ostiones asados, or wood grilled oysters, topped with chipotle butter at Caracol. The first of several dishes I tried during my first visit to Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught's new coastal Mexican seafood restaur ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013

    Rest of the Best 2013

    The top 10 late-night dining restaurants in Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Another Pie Shop Shutters and Highly Anticipated Restaurants Open Softly

    Even though the week began with a devastating fire-forced closure of a Houston pie shop landmark, the rest of the week has been filled with openings and announcements of future openings. But, let's begin with the sad news, shall we? Just two days after Thanksgiving, another pie shop caught on fire, ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 5, 2013

    Time Magazine's 'Gods of Food' Feature Ignites Debate

    Scores of great female chefs are ignored.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Time Magazine's 'Gods of Food' Feature Ignores Scores of Great (Female) Chefs

    Time magazine recently published a feature on the 13 most influential people in the food world. The list actually included 15 people and a company, but it wasn't the fact that Time editors seemingly can't count that had readers, chefs, restaurateurs and just about everybody else in the food industry ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 21, 2013

    Top 10 French Fries

    The rest of the best 2013.

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013

    Top 10 Burgers in Houston 2013

    The rest of the best.

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Burger Month, Tapioca Pudding Dessert Specials & More

    On Sunday, July 14, chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo's will join Kata Robata chef Manabu Horiuchi during the Umami Dinner event at Kata Robata. Both chefs have teamed up to create a nine-course menu paired with wine and beverages from Kata Robata's beverage director, Steven Salazar, and Backstreet Cafe's so ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 13, 2013

    Where to Eat on Father's Day

    Treat Dad to Something Sweet and Something with Meat.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Houston Will Run on Dunkin'

    This week has been full of openings and few closings. So let's just get the bad news over with. Houston Avenue Bar, aka Re:Hab Houston, informed the public that its lease is up and will be closing the first week of July. The Houston Chronicle reported that management already has a new location thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Eat Sushi for St. Jude's

    Both RA Sushi locations in Houston will host their 9th annual "Nicky's Week" starting this Sunday, May 26 through Saturday, June 1 to raise funds for children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Since its inception, Nicky's Week has raised ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Ruben Ortega of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and the Story of How He Came to Houston

    This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Come back to read parts two and three in this same space on Thursday and Friday. In the Houston food world, everyone knows Hugo Ortega. The chef who started out as a dishwasher before falling in love with his restaurateur wife eventually open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Moving into Montrose; What Does That Mean for Houston?

    Fried eggs and truffle oil as toppings may be old hat to foodies these days. We're easily distracted creatures who paw like needle-clawed kittens at every new bauble that comes along. But back in the rollicking days of the mid-2000s, the novelty had not yet worn thin and restaurants like Max's Wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    James Coney Island Unveils Line of Chef-Designed Hot Dogs on June 1

    James Coney Island is one of the oldest restaurants in Houston, founded in 1923 by Greek immigrant brothers James and Tom Papadakis (this explains the Greek-influenced chili that remains on the menu to this day). But although the chain is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the food is anyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Tracy Vaught, Owner of Backstreet Cafe and Hugo's

    What she does: Tracy Vaught is the owner of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and a partner at Prego and Trevisio. ""I do all the planning, train managers, set all the standards for the restaurants, design menus," says Vaught. "Investments and charitable giving. I am the one who has political involvement ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    Keep Those Resolutions

    20 terrific restaurants for eating healthy while staying social.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in River Oaks

    The last time we tackled the Top 10 restaurants in River Oaks, Tony Mandola's was still open in what is now Brasserie 19's spot in the River Oaks Shopping Center. Needless to say, things have changed a bit in three years. And in spite of its ritzy exterior, River Oaks still has plenty of inexpensive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    20 Terrific Houston Restaurants for Eating Healthy While Staying Social

    For me -- and, I imagine, for a lot of people -- the toughest part about dieting is when you're confronted with eating out. Unless you're dining in a chain restaurant, it's tough to count calories or know what the sodium or fat content of any given dish is. And I can pretty much guarantee you that n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    It's been a while since we tackled neighborhood lists on Eating Our Words, yet posts such as "Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights" continue to be perennial favorites with our readers each month. The last time we compiled a Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose list was well over two years ago, at which time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Paula or Pepin? Separate Savannah from Southern France, and Win Tickets to the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

    The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show is coming to Houston this weekend, and Eating...Our Words has three pairs of tickets to see two of this year's celebrity speakers, Paula Deen and Jacques Pépin (two for Dean and one for Pépin). We would like nothing more than to give them away to you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Churro Porn and Houston as Mutt City

    Robb Walsh: In his continuing series on where Texas cuisine is headed, Robb Walsh talks to Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd about Houston's role as a "new Creole city," citing a recent article by Southern food writer John T. Edge called "Savoring Mutt City." (Mutt City is us, by the way -- and it's a ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Flaming Young

    Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    The Texas Chefs Hall of Fame: 1981 and Now

    Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    OIMBY Returns After a Two-Year Break

    Outstanding in the Field dinners -- meals which feature a tour of a local farm and food prepared by a master chef on the farm itself -- are famously fabulous, but also notoriously expensive. And two years ago, a few Houston food lovers decided to do something about it: start their own. Outstanding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Houston Racks Up Six Semi-Finalist Nods for 2012 James Beard Awards

    Photo by FabioManabu Horiuchi, one of this year's semi-finalists.​We're moving up in the culinary world, Houston. Last year, five semi-finalists from Houston were in the running for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. This year, we're up to six. And what a six they are. Mirroring our own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    La Fisheria Opens Tomorrow as Houston Welcomes a Mexican Celebrity Chef to the City

    Most Americans wouldn't know chef Aquiles Chávez if they saw him on the street, even with his trademark handlebar mustache and Jack Sparrow-style dreadlocks tucked under a straw hat. But ask anyone in Latin America about Chávez and they'll immediately grin and say, "El hombre con el bigote!" as t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Return to Backstreet Café

    A few years ago, I tried being vegan. Then, I swapped to a vegetarian diet, and finally, pescetarian. I found it extremely educational. (For example, I learned that I don't want to live the rest of my life without cheeseburgers.) It also sent me on a quest to find restaurants that could accommodate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Taste of the South Devotes Nine-Page Spread to Houston

    "This city is a Texas-size melting pot for flavors and cuisine from around the world, all served with a side of Southern hospitality," writes Taste of the South of Houston. The bi-monthly cooking magazine devoted a colorful nine-page spread to our city in its December-January issue, and those are t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foraging and Fires

    Photo by GroovehouseYes, you can eat those beautyberries you've seen at the Arboretum. Merriwether will show you how.​If Nicholas Hall's post on foraging, "Indigenous Bounties," piqued your interest about scouring your own back yard (or front yard) for tasty treats, pay attention. Meriwether's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    The 5 Best Dessert Menus

    Photo by Gary R. WiseTres leches done the right way at Samba Grille.​Toward the end of Lent, one faithful observer emailed me with a plaintive request: I am a native Houston who has been displaced to Texas A&M in College Station (read: total dearth of anything approaching the kind of food I'v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Greg Lowry of VOICE

    ​Yesterday, we spoke with VOICE executive chef Greg Lowry about how he became a chef and the evolution of the menu under his direction. Today we talk sharks, Toque 5 dinners and molecular gastronomy. EOW: Have you recovered from the Final Four? GL: Business-wise it was fantastic, but hour-wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​Up in Cypress, Chef John Ly is hosting a wine tasting at Strata (122 Vintage Park Boulevard, Suite A, 281-379-2889) this Saturday, January 8, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. If you have shopping to do at Vintage Park, what better way to unwind afterward (and trust me, wine is the way to do it) than at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Yes, they even have GF chocolate chip cookies.​No big surprise here, but a welcome announcement nonetheless: Houston Restaurant Week has officially been extended until Labor Day, making it -- in effect -- Houston Restaurant Month. HRW was expected to end on August 21, tomorrow, but will now ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    RA Sushi is about to get even clubbier than usual...​Houston Restaurant Week is in full swing right now. With so many restaurants to choose from, people have been overwhelmed with choices -- not a bad position to be in, really. I love CultureMap's efficient little "cheat sheet" for trying to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Houston Restaurant Week is here once again, the annual benefit to assist the Houston Food Bank. And this year, "week" is a misnomer: Houston Restaurant Week runs from August 1 through August 21, giving you nearly an entire month to dine out at some of Houston's best restaurants, all while hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in River Oaks

    It's not surprising that one of the most exclusive zip codes in the country has some pretty fantastic food -- but rest assured that the 'hood isn't all iced tea and crumpets. So excited were we about the ten below that we didn't find room for neighborhood icons like Avalon Diner, Andre's, and the Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    ​Although it's facing stiff competition from Southern Star lately, Saint Arnold is still our favorite hometown brewery. And this weekend's Foam Raiser at the Orange Show (Saturday, October 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.) is one of many reasons why. The ticket sales for the 2nd annual Foam Ra ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    June 24, 2004

    Food of the God

    Robert Del Grande continues to perform miracles at Cafe Annie

  • Dining

    August 30, 2001

    August Meals

    Siestas fit in perfectly with Houston's climate

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