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Dining Guide

Caracol

Photograph By Debora Smail

You would think this stylish Post Oak Boulevard spot—vast, glossy, and packed to the gills on a Saturday night—just premiered. But, in fact, it’s been this busy since it debuted, in 2013. Fans and curious foodies come for Hugo Ortega’s Mexican seafood-centric fare peppered with heady sauces and exotic spices and fruits. However, a recent visit found some hits and misses. Our savory pork taquito with avocado-tomatillo sauce and avocado crema hit the spot. Ditto the sea bass wrapped in banana leaf, cooked to perfection on a bed of creamy cauliflower mash and wild mushrooms with a fiery mole amarillo. Sadly, the aguachile de camarón, with radishes and cucumbers, was marred with chewy shrimp and a bland sauce, and the Veracruz red snapper was salty, with a sloppy watercress salad piled on top. Dessert offered some redemption: the warm Xocolatl chocolate brownie with homemade poleo ice cream really took the cake.

City: Houston

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 2200 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX, 77056

Hours: L & D 7 days. B Sun.

Phone: 713-622-9996

Website: caracol.net

Last updated: March 24, 2019