Texans love their Mexican food. But if you want the true Mexican food experience rather than Tex Mex, I would recommend you go to Hugo’s, owned by husband and wife team Hugo Ortega and Tracey Vaught. The menu here is amazing and flavorsome.
I went for a Saturday Brunch, this is an a-la-carte menu (unlike their Sunday Brunch where there is a popular buffet). The restaurant was very quiet so was perfect for a quiet start to the long weekend.
For my order I got the Barbacoa. This is lamb marinated in chiles, onion, garlic and avocado leaves, then slow roasted in agave skin and served with chopped onion, fresh cilantro and warm tortillas. This had amazing flavors and was the perfect size for a brunch. At $23 it is on the pricier side of the menu.
The waiter had actually recommended to me the Cabrito which was roasted goat meat pulled from the bone, served with nopales asados, guacamole and salsa de habanero for $22. He said that it was a much more aromatic and flavorsome dish than the lamb.
My husband ordered the Chile Relleno de Almuerzopoblano. This is a pepper stuffed with egg, chorizo and potatoes, topped with tomato sauce, served with arroz a la Mexicana and refritos. He said that it was delicious and for $13 it was also good value.
My 2 year old culinary expert only wanted scrambled eggs in a tortilla, they happily put together an order for him and provided the normal activity paper and crayons to keep him amused.
The atmosphere and decor are well balanced with warm colors with a modern Mexican feel. There is a large bar (which we have used on many occasions) for casual drinks before dinner.
The restaurant has a strong dinner menu and is well suited for large groups as well as couples.
If you have not tried Hugo’s yet, do go, as it is unlikely that you will try food like this back in Australia.
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday 10:00am-9:00pm
Location: 1600 Westheimer, Houston, 77006