One of the beauties of Mexico is its geographic location, with coasts on the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Florida Straits. From these waters comes a bounty of edible sea life, which is celebrated at Caracol, the award-winning restaurant of culinary team of Chef Hugo Ortega and Restaurateur Tracy Vaught.
Our menu is a culinary tour along the Mexican coasts, which are shared by 16 of the country’s states. We are committed to responsible sourcing – we feel strongly that we must be good stewards of our waters and the life that comes from it.
The menu’s journey begins with the sections Crudos and Cocteles y Escabeches, light items where the flavors of the seafood are the star; continues with Antojitos, or “little cravings,” small bites, typically like those served at street food throughout Mexico. Refreshing Sopas y Ensaladas (soups and salads) feature many seasonal items; and main course options, or Platos Fuertes, showcase moles and other traditional dishes. The Del Horno section features items from Ortega’s custom wood-burning oven, such as whole roasted fish, short ribs and a dish straight from Chef Hugo’s heart, Ostiones Asados – wood-roasted Gulf oysters with chipotle butter, which celebrates his love for oysters.
Complementing the savory menu are the postres, desserts, by executive pastry chef Ruben Ortega, including the signature El Coco, a chocolate coconut-shaped shell of housemade chocolate filled with coconut buttercream,coconut ganache and coconut streusel served with a small wooden mallet which guests use to crack open the coconut. Sommelier/beverage director Sean Beck’s innovative and adventurous wine, beer and spirits program perfectly fit the fun, upbeat atmosphere of the restaurant.
Our interiors mix rustic and industrial, modern and traditional elements, with a natural color palette of sand, straw and blue reference aquatic life and the beautiful beaches of the Mexican coasts. Throughout, including in the custom carpet, menus and the logo itself, are emblems of historical Mexican cave paintings that pay respect to Mexico’s long history. Alongside these ancient drawings are water life art by American Modernist painter Charley Harper gracing the walls. Sailboat booms over the bar that create glassware storage, suspended sailcloth waves and gray-washed tables and woven chairs are modern interpretation of coastal dining.
2200 Post Oak Blvd #160, Houston, TX 77056