The season for chiles en nogada has arrived! Hugo's will offer three different varieties with a choice of sauce.

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Sunday is Mexican Independence Day, and restaurants across the city will honor the occasion by serving up the traditional treat of chiles en nogada, a poblano stuffed with beef or other meats, produce, and aromatics, then covered in a nut-based cream sauce and finished with a generous sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. The dish's color palette echoes that of the Mexican flag, while the flavor is spicy, rich, savory, and sweet all at once. A memorable and celebratory dish.

You'd better believe Hugo Ortega will be doing this dish right. Hugo's will have three varieties of chiles en nogada: pork, brisket, and vegetarian. The main protein will be mixed with apples, pears, peaches, plantains, sweet potatoes, almonds, and raisins, and the stuffed poblano will be drenched in a sweet or savory walnut cream sauce, then garnished with pomegranate seeds and parsley. They'll be available through the end of the year.

Tacodeli is bringing back its chile en nogada taco as a lunch special. Inside the flour tortilla you'll find a roasted Anaheim chile, Akaushi beef picadillo from HeartBrand Beef, chévre, pomegranates, and cilantro.

While Sylvia's won't be featuring chiles en nogada, on September 16 both locations will be serving up a trio of enchiladas—chicken and salsa verde; vegetable and queso with cream sauce; and the Morelia with red spicy chili sauce—resembling the Mexican flag. The trio is $13.95. Fun!

After the March arrival of new chef Jane Wild, the Kitchen at the Dunlavy has unveiled new menus for breakfast and lunch. It promises more vegan and vegetarian options, plus (a growing trend) all-day brunch items. Breakfast includes shakshuka and a grain bowl, while lunch brings a banh mi salad, masala bowl, and autumn freekeh salad with roasted vegetables, kale, and a yogurt dressing.

Here's a holiday I know a little about: Friday is Eat a Hoagie Day. For the uninitiated, a hoagie is a sub sandwich, or a grinder, and the name originated in Philadelphia. D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe in Rice Village, which sells a hoagie (genoa salami, ham, turkey, provolone, lettuce, tomato), is marking the holiday by offering its Hoagie Po'boy for $5 all day.

According to Amy McCarthy of Eater, Uptown Sushi near the Galleria is closing through the rest of the year for interior renovations. It expects to reopen in January 2019, per its Facebook page.

Here's a closing, per Eric Sandler of Houston CultureMap: Del Frisco's Grille is shuttering after five years in Upper Kirby. With more than 20, Del Frisco's Grille specializes in something between new American bar-and-grille and fancy steakhouse. It'll finish service on September 16, according to Sandler, with half off beer, wine, and liquor to patrons starting September 7.  

Game night is the best night, especially when you're kicking your friends' butts in Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride. Dish Society seems to know this, launching a weekly game night at its San Felipe location. From 3:30-10 p.m. Thursdays. Bring in a game to play with friends (card, dice, miniature, strategy, role-playing, tile, block, pen/pencil, and board are all encouraged) and get half off a bottle of wine. Pretty sweet deal.

Throughout September, 13 Celsius is highlighting wines either made by female winemakers or from wineries owned by women. A special rotating list of wines are being offered, and if you select from it, a portion of the proceeds will go to Suites of Hope, a nonprofit giving affordable housing to breast cancer patients coming to Houston for treatment with MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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