Photography by Kate LeSueur
Hugo’s chef/owner Hugo Ortega has been a finalist for the James Beard Award three times; no surprise, as his Montrose restaurant has been the city’s top choice for upscale interior Mexican cuisine since it opened in 2002. Always a “must visit” for out-of-towners interested in the local food scene, Sunday brunch is a lively fiesta and the best way to experience a wide variety of Ortega’s menu items. Showstoppers here include the chapulines, pan-sautéed grasshoppers; pulpo al carbon, or grilled octopus; mole poblano with braised duck; and just about anything with seafood. Hugo’s is also a great spot for an elegant dinner with a margarita on the rocks or some top-shelf tequila.