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A new Post Oak Mexican seafood restaurant emerges with major chef cred

A new Post Oak Mexican seafood restaurant emerges with major chef cred

Backstreet Cafe, Hugo Ortega
The name has leaked for chef Hugo Ortega's new Galleria-area venture. Backstreet Cafe/Facebook
Ralph, BBVA Compass building on Post Oak, September 2012, construction
Caracol is expected to open on the ground floor of the BBVA Compass Plaza in September.  Photo by Ralph Bivins
Osteria Mazzantini John Sheely sneak peek seafood pasta Angel Hair Pasta - Salmon,mussels, scallops, crawfish with roasted tomato, fresh basil in a saffron tomato broth
Chef John Sheely offered a sneak peek of one dish for Osteria Mazzantini, a seafood pasta with salmon, mussels, scallops and crawfish with roasted tomato and fresh basil in a saffron tomato. Photo by © Texas Food Porn
Backstreet Cafe, Hugo Ortega
Ralph, BBVA Compass building on Post Oak, September 2012, construction
Osteria Mazzantini John Sheely sneak peek seafood pasta Angel Hair Pasta - Salmon,mussels, scallops, crawfish with roasted tomato, fresh basil in a saffron tomato broth

Much has been speculated about the new restaurant from James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southwest finalist Hugo Ortega and his wife and business partner, Tracy Vaught, but the pair has heretofore kept the Post Oak Boulevard venture under wraps. 

The project's title finally leaked in a B4 U EAT newsletter: Caracol is to be the name of the Mexican seafood restaurant spanning 8,000 square feet on the ground floor of the new BBVA Compass Plaza

A spokesperson confirmed to Alison Cook that the name references an edible sea snail common along the coast of Mexico and said that Ortega has snagged chef Daniel Bridges to help develop the menu and run the kitchen. 

Caracol, which will be neighbor to chef John Sheely's Italian concept Osteria Mazzantini, is expected to open in September.