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Queso del rancho.
Photograph by Jody Horton

Our recent meal at Hugo Ortega’s Xochi, anchoring the Marriott Marquis and overlooking the lush Discovery Green, justified all its national kudos. The wood-framed patio is inviting, and the airy restaurant has generous dining areas, a wraparound bar, and comfortable banquettes. We relished our memela starter: a toasted masa cake layered with refried beans, shredded pork, queso fresco, and avocado-tomatillo sauce. The Gulf catch of the day, grouper, was cooked perfectly, resting in piquant yellow banana pepper mole scattered with baby vegetables and greens (perfectly paired by Mexican-crafted chenin blanc). Also fine: the giant pork shank, falling-off-the-bone tender and engulfed in a pool of brick-red fruity mole. If you’re truly hungry, skip the tuna crudo; it’s only six slivers of seared tuna with flowers.

City: Houston


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1777 Walker, Houston, TX, 77010

Hours: L Mon–Fri. D 7 days. B Sat & Sun.

Phone: 713-400-3330

Website: www.xochihouston.com/

Last updated: May 30, 2019