Hugo Ortega's Mexican seafood restaurant in the BBVA Compass building cements his reputation as one of Houston's best chefs. The menu is divided into multiple sections: Cold appetizers, soups and salads, hot appetizers, street food-inspired dishes and entrees with a la carte sides. As with Hugo's, the Sunday brunch buffet is among the best in town.
While there don't seem to be any potholes on the menu, the wood-grilled Gulf oysters are absolutely must order. Ortega puts his own spin on campechana by adding octopus to the spicy mix of tomatoes, shrimp and other seafood. Desserts by Ortega's brother Ruben include the El Coco, a chocolate sphere that diners crack with a wooden mallet before scooping out multiple layers of coconut.
Beverage director Sean Beck has a full menu of new cocktails and wines by the glass today, including twists on classic margaritas, palomas and a seasonal fruit mojito.