Houston Restaurant – Day 1 – Hugo’s


Hugo’s Restaurant Houston Restaurant Week

My favorite time of year is HERE!! Houston Restaurant Week 2014 (HRW2014) kicked off today with a loud ass bang as we visited Hugo’s Restaurant. I am officially a “Hugo’s virgin” as this was my first trip to this authentic Mexican/Southwestern eatery. I will be back!

Executive Chef, Hugo Ortega, who was recently named “Chef of the Year” at the prestigious Houston Culinary Awards sponsored by My Table magazine, literally served us love on plate today during our lunch service. Hugo’s offers 2 courses for HRW; offering 6 items to choose from the entree menu and 4 items to choose from the dessert (“Postre”) menu.

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I was with a group of 5 and 4 of us ordered the same thing. The Tacos de Pescado (fried fish tacos “baja style”, napa cabbage, chipotle mayo with frijoles de la olla and guacamole)  and the  Enchiladas de Vegetales (2 enchiladas stuffed with corn, poblano and calabacitas, topped with tomatillo salsa and crema fresca, served with quinoa and arroz blanco) were the two hot items at our table and everyone else’s. I know this because I looked at what other people had ordered as I was leaving..I’m nosey like my momma.

The fish on the tacos was fried perfectly and so fresh. The beans were seasoned to perfection and the blue corn tortillas were a nice add. I didn’t personally eat the enchiladas but when I looked to my right my dates plate was CLEAN and she complained about being “painfully full” all the way back home. Both entrees were perfect portions and left just enough room for the sweet stuff!

Dessert was simply amazing and waayy more exciting than the entrees because each of us ordered something a little different and were able to “ooohhh and ahhhh” as the plates hit the tables. We ordered the Horchata Shake and Cookies (horchata milk shake with 3 chocolate and cajeta cookies), the Pan de Calabaza (pumpkin pound cake topped with flan ice cream) and the Tres Leches (three milk soaked cake).

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One of my lunch dates said the Horchata shake “was like drinking cinnamon flavored milk and that the cookies were amazing and tasted of Dulce de Leche and sweet shortbread dusted in powered sugar!!”

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The Pan de Calabaza was yummy and the flan ice cream was very smooth and creamy. The pumpkin flavor wasn’t over powering as it can sometimes be, and there was a subtle hint of zucchini in the bread. There was a honey drizzle at the bottom of the plate that made the cake and ice cream zing! I even ate the little flower petals on my plate and they were GOOD too!

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The torched top and pineapple/strawberry glaze really made the Tres Leche. I have truly learned the hard way that anything described as being “soaked in milk” is a no-no for me. So I passed on tasting this dish (what kind of “foodie” am I?) but by the looks of the clean bowl I would say  it’s worth a shot during your visit.

Houston Restaurant week lasts until September 1, so make sure you go out and experience this fabulous time of year and support the Houston Food Bank, as $3 dollars from each meal is donated there. Check back here as I will be cataloging my HRW2014 journey through the month. My budget doesn’t allow for an everyday meal but I will certainly get a few in.

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