The restaurant came highly recommended, both by Trip Advisor reviewers and friends in Houston, so my husband and I went with another couple. Overall we had a great experience. I'm always looking for "authentic Mexican" food when I travel outside of New England, but I'll freely admit I'm no expert. My dinner ended up being an example of "I wish I'd chosen what John chose." I had the "baby pig" cooked in the banana leaf. It was all beautifully prepared and presented, but it wasn't what I expected. The pork meat had been cooked in a barbeque-like sauce, which to me overpowered the delicate meat. The side items were arranged separately on the plate, no melding of flavors, and only later on did my husband and I see the tacos on the table and decide I should have put my meal into the taco and create my own flavor meld. But I didn't want tacos for dinner. John had the braised duck with mole, and he didn't stop raving about his meal the entire evening. Other reviewers recommended having the duck, and they also recommended having an entree with a mole, because Hugo's is famous for its moles, and that's what I should have had because those reviewers were right. John and his wife started with the butternut squash soup, and I tried a spoonful, and it was out of this world delicious. My husband and I had the ceviche, which was also good, but again I wished I had the soup. I mean, I'm comparing "good" to "better", so I'll just need to go back to Hugo's and try other menu items. I had the Dulce de Leche churros for dessert, and those were superb. Bar scene was fun and lively while we waited for our table. Oh, make a reservation... I didn't even think of that on a Wednesday night. My mistake. Luckily we were seated quickly, but it's a popular place so plan a head with a reservation.
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