Hugo Ortega

Food & Drink |
February 26, 2013

Hugo Ortega on Being a James Beard Semifinalist

Last Tuesday, the James Beard Foundation announced its list of semifinalists for the 2013 James Beard Awards, a yearly awards ceremony that honors outstanding restaurants, bars, restaurateurs, chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, and food journalists across the nation.Texas sealed an impressive 25 nominations on the preliminary list, featuring such

Food & Drink |
January 20, 2013

State Fare

Food fads have their ups and downs. Today’s trend is tall, as chefs vie to see who can construct the most architectonic appetizers and elevated entrées. Houston’s Backstreet Cafe (1103 S. Shepherd) has its own entry in the culinary sweepstakes: the aptly named Meatloaf Tower. In designing the dish, chefs