Let’s get one thing straight: Chef Chris Shepherd doesn’t sleep. How else can we explain the vast sea of his accomplishments, which range from a 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest to a themed restaurant concept that closes each year, only to unveil an entirely new menu and look one month later?
“The more things change, the more they stay the same” is a fitting tagline for Houston’s Montrose neighborhood, an area that somehow retains its eclectic roots as construction cranes continue to fill the air.
On this day of love, we celebrate not only the special people in our lives, but also the beautiful city in which we make some of our best memories. Houston is a stunning place—a sprawling giant with distinct and memorable corners. It is Space City, where we celebrate the next frontier. It is Bayou City, which sometimes floods but always comes back stronger than ever. It is Clutch City. It is Astros City. It is the city we call home, and the city we’re so proud to welcome you to.
There are so many reasons to love Houston—here are our favorite few:
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.