Anyone been to their Sunday brunch buffet? I've been wanting to try it for a long time.
I've been lucky enough to get to go several times. It's certainly my personal favorite Sunday brunch in town.
As everybody on CH knows, rather than being the typical "Mexican" food you find all over Texas, it's Mexico City-influenced cuisine, and a high-end "haute" take on that. Unless you're pretty familiar with that sort of cooking, you might not find much on the buffet table that looks familiar. If you're a squeamish picky eater, it will be tempting to turn your nose up at things a lot, as a 14-year-old son of a friend did the last time we were there. Just a warning.
But, assuming you're willing to try everything, you're in for an absolutely delicious, interesting, entertaining morning.
For those of you that have never been, I think the place is lovely. The dining area is unusual, though, at least in my experience - long and extremely narrow, with banks of windows running the length of it on one wall, and a bar on the other. The floor is Saltillo tile and high above the bar is a Mexican/Spanish-style balcony, with wrought-iron railing. There is live music every Sunday, and the band sits up there on that balcony.
The buffet dishes rotate, so not sure exactly what you can expect to have, and I don't know the names of some of it, but it's all delicious. I do remember several types of chilaquiles, pretty standard Mexican breakfast fare, but particularly good, as you'd expect. The last time I was there, the stuffed squash blossoms were a standout, as was a corn pudding that even the picky 14-year-old ate mounds of.
But my favorite Hugo's Sunday Brunch story happened the first time I was there, several years back. My kids had taken me for my birthday, so it was about this time of year, "Chiles en Nogada" season. That's probably my number-one favorite Mexican dish, and I was hoping to find it on the buffet. After we were seated, and the waiter was taking our drink orders, I asked him about it. He said he'd go look. He came back and said that, unfortunately, no, although they are often on the brunch when they're in season, they were not that Sunday. But, he said, no problem he would ask the kitchen to make it for me. "How many would you like?"
Oh my, it was so so good. And I expected to find a healthy additional charge on my ticket, but no. No additional charge at all.
I think that's pretty fine service.
So I'd recommend Hugo's Sunday Brunch to anyone. One tip: if you're not a coffee drinker, there's an excellent hot chocolate available down on the dessert table.
Next to the churros.
I haven't been to brunch, but lunch and dinner several times. It's one of the few (only?) places in town you can get huitlacoche and chapulines. Are they on the brunch table? Speaking of corn smut and grasshopper tacos, did you all hear that Andrew Zimmern was in town weekend before last for his Bizarre Foods Travel Channel show? I'm taking bets that Hugo's was on his list. It was probably the show's scouters that posted a topic here last year asking about bizarre foods in Houston. Looking forward to the episode.