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Queso del rancho.
Photograph by Jody Horton

Enter this vibrant space and feel Hugo Ortega’s passion for the richness of Oaxacan culture. The menu is inspired, the service is warm, and the drinks are incomparable. Try this: Treat yourself to a mezcal cocktail; our fave was the Oaxacan Old Fashioned—perfect with our crudo of flash-seared tuna thinly sliced atop a smear of mole adorned with citrus slices, leek ringlets, radish, and tropical mangosteen. We raved over our memela, a toasted masa pancake loaded with fire-roasted pork rib meat and bright guacamole with dollops of crema. The day’s special proved to be an abundant plate of goodness: slow-roasted, fork-tender lamb shank smothered in red mole, with crisp-skinned roasted potatoes and sautéed greens. Seafood is handled with equal aplomb: grilled shrimp perched atop a pyramid of rice dotted with squid and mussels was a celebration of traditional cuisine. Pro tip: Patio seating allows for a view of Discovery Green.

City: Houston


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1777 Walker, Houston, TX, 77010

Hours: D Tue–Sat. B Sun.

Phone: 713-400-3330

Website: xochihouston.com

Last updated: July 5, 2021