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Tracy Vaught

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Caracol: Go For the Oysters, Stay for Delicious Drinks and Desserts

    For last week's cafe review I visited Caracol, the new Mexican seafood restaurant from Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught, and noted that while there are some truly stellar plates on the menu, the sheer number of items being prepared in the kitchen is perhaps resulting in some dishes being less than they ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Caracol, Hugo Ortega's Latest Outpost, is Reeling Them In

    The ambitious new spot is making waves.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    The History of Backstreet Cafe as Told Through Seasonal Recipes

    "Thirty years ago, I took one huge leap of faith that completely changed the course of my life forever, and with it the course of many other lives. Thirty years ago, I opened Backstreet Cafe." Thus begins restaurateur Tracy Vaught's introduction to Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Houston Celebrates Multiple James Beard Award Nominations for 2014

    The prestigious James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this week, and Houston is represented well by four individuals and one bar in three different categories. Anvil Bar & Refuge was nominated for Outstanding Bar Program for the third consecutive year, while Chris Shepherd, Hugo Ortega and ... 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

    January 23, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2013

    Top 10 drive-throughs in Houston.

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Galleria Happy Hour Ideas for the Fatigued Shopper

    We've all been there. We've shopped for hours on end, until we're dry and parched, our feet can barely move, and we're desperately in need of revival. We get in the car to drive home, and get stuck in the middle of rush hour, a sea of cars sitting between relaxation. As we're sitting there, listenin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Hugo Ortega's Caracol Opens; Expect Crowds

    For those who speak Spanish, the word caracol is instantly evocative of seafood. It translates to conch, or shell, and in addition to rolling off the tongue, the word has special meaning for Hugo Ortega and his wife,Tracy Vaught, of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe. "Hugo's brother used to be the chef a ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Diana Kennedy, Grande Dame of Mexican Cuisine, Brings Book-Signing Tour to Hugo's

    Here in Texas, we know a lot about Mexican food. But what most of America (including Texas) thinks of as Mexican is actually Tex-Mex, a hybrid of Mexican cuisine and American ingredients. It's comforting to us native Texans, for sure, but it's not true Mexican food. Diana Kennedy knows real Mexican ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jeff Axline of Brooklyn Athletic Club, on Moving Around as a Navy Kid, and The Sexy Lifestyle of a Free-Standing Restaurant Chef

    This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Come back to read parts two and three, which will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. On a sleepy corner of Richmond, close to the Spur and around the corner from Montrose, the Brooklyn Athletic Club -- which took over the space t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    The Eating Our Words 100: Sean Beck, Sommelier Extraordinaire

    Who he is: Sommelier and wine consultant to a number of Houston establishments, Sean Beck started working as a waiter at Backstreet Cafe 15 years ago while he was pursuing a history degree at the University of Houston. "At the time, Backstreet had about a 55-bottle wine list," Beck recalls. Backst ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2013

    The Dan Marino Restaurants

    The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

  • 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

    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

    March 19, 2012

    Hugo Ortega Named a 2012 James Beard Award Finalist

    After racking up an impressive amount of semifinalist nods for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, Houston had only one finalist for the annual "Oscars of food," announced today in Las Vegas. One of the most interesting things about the six semifinalists was how accurately they represent the cu ... 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

    October 3, 2011

    My Table's 15th Annual Houston Culinary Awards

    "This is a great city to work in," said Hugo Ortega as he accepted his award for Chef of the Year at last night's My Table's Houston Culinary Awards. "And this is truly a great country," he finished to loud cheers and applause. It was well-deserved recognition for the man who fought his way out of o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Houston Restaurant and Bar Industry Rallies for One of Its Own

    FacebookLinda Salinas, before shaving her mustache.​Linda Salinas is a talented sommelier and bartender. She's worked at and with some of Houston's best bars and restaurants: Voice, Anvil, Branch Water Tavern, Bootsie's, Beaver's, 13 Celsius and Kata Robata. She is a fixture within the industr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What Are Houston Chefs Cooking This Thanksgiving?

    Photo by Carbon NYC​Thanksgiving: A day to gather with your loved ones and give thanks? Or a day to display your culinary prowess to friends and family? Increasingly, the emphasis has been on the latter in the past few years, as people try to dress up the traditional Thanksgiving spread and im ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston

    The world's great cuisines converge here.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​When you're done voting in this year's Houston Press Music Awards, head over to the new and improved 2010 Houston Culinary Awards from My Table Magazine. You'll find a whole host of new categories in which to cast your vote in a section called Houston Foodie Star awards. The usual suspects li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Gravitas Not Closing; The Twitter Rumor Mill Continues to Spin

    The blue plate fried chicken at Gravitas.​It started with a Twitter update from @jimbo126 this past Sunday, July 18: "Per waiter, Gravitas closing after today's bruch service. Sure felt like it - out of half the menu and no bread! Out of SALAD DRESSING." Before long, what was merely an out-of ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2007

    Illegal Immigrants in the Restaurant Industry

    Mexican immigrant Hugo Ortega went from washing dishes to owning Houston's best Mexican restaurant — now he has a few things to say about immigration

  • News

    May 5, 2005
  • Dining

    July 25, 2002

    That Sneaky Tex-Mex Camel

    Hugo Ortega talks about keeping his new restaurant honest

  • News

    March 30, 2000

    Nickel-and-Diming

    Will downtown parking meters moonlight? Don't count on it.

  • Dining

    February 25, 1999

    It's a Grill!

    Once again, Prego is reborn

  • Dining

    February 16, 1995

    Evolution of a Watering Hole

    Backstreet Cafe outgrows its niche as a fair-weather favorite

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