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For a Limited Time: Fresh Corn Tamales at Award-Winning Hugo’s

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You needn’t be from Houston to know of chef Hugo Ortega.

Co-owner of H-Town Restaurant Group with restaurateur and wife Tracy Vaught, chef Hugo is renowned in the restaurant world for his dynamic dishes and unparalleled flavors. Earlier this year, he took home a James Beard Award – and the accolades keep on coming. Only yesterday, The Houston Chronicle released its Top 100 Restaurants, and two of H-Town Restaurant Group’s eateries topped the list: Xochi achieved number one, and Hugo’s shone at number six.

Award-winning Hugo’s restaurant


Chef Hugo’s award-winning namesake restaurant has been bringing authentic Mexican cuisine to Houston since its opening in 2002, celebrating regional ingredients prepared in traditional fashion. This month, Hugo’s is celebrating corn, a staple food in Mexico, with fresh corn tamales.

Salsa De Cacahuate tamal

Come celebrate the corn harvest at Hugo’s with these exquisite tamals, which honor the flavors and culture of central Mexico, chef Hugo’s homeland. For the season, he has prepared three styles of fresh corn tamales. Each plate includes two; choose your style.

salsa macha, crema fresca, queso fresco 9

Pasilla Mole
queso cotija, roasted mushrooms 9

Salsa De Cacahuate
shaved Brussels sprouts, queso fresco 9


These limited-time tamals will be available through September during lunch and dinner service. Don’t miss your chance to sample this historic Mexican staple, prepared by Houston’s own celebrity chef.

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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