The jury is in! Forget being so delicious that it will make you slap yo mama…you will be slapping yourself! We know that is a bit overboard, but once you taste one of Chef Hugo Ortega’s delicious creations you may reconsider. We had heard great things about his restaurant Hugo’s in the Montrose area so we decided it was time to validate the hearsay for ourselves. Tex- Mex is really huge in Houston, so finding a great authentic Mexican restaurant can be a difficult task.From the start, the staff impressed us. Everyone spoke and greeted us, plus we were checked on constantly throughout our visit. Not only were they attentive, but they were super knowledgeable. From the menu to the bar items, there was no question they could not answer. Hugo’s wait staff was on their job that day and we sooo appreciate great customer service. Bad customer service can leave a horrible taste in your mouth; even if the food is great. Hugo’s gets high grades from us for that!
Aside from the great staff, the place is SWANKY cool. It felt like the cover of the TLC album, “Crazy, Sexy, Cool”! We loved the vibe. It was definitely authentic Mexican decor, and took us back to our times spent in Cabo San Lucas. We thought the interior was great…until we were taken to the patio. Considering that it was such a wonderful day, the patio was a perfect setting for our early afternoon brunch. What better way to start your day that a fresh margarita. So, you guessed it, that’s what we ordered!
Edward, our waiter, gave us the spill on their massive selection of Hugo’s margaritas. Opting for something a bit different from the prescriptive recipe, we went for their version made with fresh squeezed lime juice; minus the sweet and sour. After speaking with the waiter, Swanky Girl, serving as our official tequila connoisseur for the day, opted to treat us to a glass of 1942 Don Julio. Yeah baby! Can you say…wow! This is definitely a sipping tequila, with an initial nose of fruit, chocolate and vanilla. The taste was smooth and spicy. The suggested way to enjoy it is neat.
For our brunch selections we wanted to go all seafood. That wasn’t a hard choice for us because we love everything seafood! So we could try more items, we ordered several entrees. We tried the Taquitos de Huachinango, which were the wood-grilled Snapper Tacos with Chipotle Mayo. Any restaurant attempting to create fish tacos for their menus should give Hugo’s a call! They have the best fish tacos we have tasted thus far; being seasoned well, with the smokey flavor you get from the grill, then adding in the extra spice and smokiness from the chipotle…how can this not be the best ever!
In additional to the snapper tacos, we ordered the Taquita de Langosta; the Lobster Tacos. If you are a lobster lover you will heart these babies! The mix of the corn tortilla, lobster, refried beans (which were authentic and made perfectly), avocado, and fresh Pico de Gallo was an explosion of flavor that left of us smiling.
To round out our meal we had the Tostadas de Jaiba con Salpicon (seasoned crab nachos). When we say jumbo “lump” crab meat…we mean it…lol! These were quarter size chunks of well seasoned crab. You see the picture (see below) and pictures don’t lie!
Well folks, it looks like we may have found a new fave for brunch. We can’t wait to go back to have dinner. We hope it’s just as good!