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Caracol

Photograph By Debora Smail

Hugo Ortega’s Caracol is one of our favorites. Mexican seafood is his focus, but he does just fine with, say, chicken enchiladas. Order this to go: the ostiones asados. Wood-roasted with cheese, chipotle butter, and toasted bread crumbs, the oysters traveled surprisingly well; the heat of the shells kept them warm, and a few moments in the oven perked them up. Ditto the carnitas taquitos: crispy rolled pork tacos with avocado-tomatillo salsa and queso fresco. The sturdy horchata flan danced its way through traffic. Pro tip: Unfortunately, fish disappointed. Seared tuna tacos and the pescado zarandeado (butterflied and grilled) deserve to be savored on-site. Ditto for the pan-roasted duck, though the accompanying plantain molotes were delicious.

Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.

City: Houston

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★

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

Hours: D Tue–Sat.

Phone: 713-622-9996

Website: caracol.net

Last updated: November 1, 2020