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Snacks at Hugos

John Scar | Aug 7, 2003 11:01 AM

Went to Hugo's the other night. I decided that I wasn't really that hungry so I thought I would order a couple appetizers. While perusing the menu I had an anejo tequila (the name of which I can't remember) accompanied by a homeade blend of sangrita. I asked for the squash blossom appetizer menu and ended up opting for the squash blossom relleno. I also decided on the snapper tamale. After finishing my tequila, I decided on a margarita before my food arrived. I picked the oaxacon rita. Boy this was a treat, it was a blend of mezcal, simple syrup, pineapple and lime. The rita had a very nice smokiness to it. It reminded me of a smokey guajillo chile. Very good and different drink. My plate of food arrived and I was given the wrong SB Relleno. The bartender said that it was what I had ordered so I asked the hostess who I spoke with earlier and she confirmed what I had thought. The confusion arose because there are two SB relleno's. One is a traditional poblano stuffed with corn, goat cheese, SB, and other things. The other (the one I wanted) was a SB flower filled with Cheeese and corn then dusted with flour and sauteed. The bartender had the kitchen get me what I wanted. Suffice to say the one they brought out was very good(I tried about 3 bites before deciding to say something). While waiting I dug into the 3 nice size snapper tamales. The dough was very firm with a nice corn taste. and the filling was of basic snapper. The dish works great. Personally I prefer a little less firm dough but this was still very good. It was really big enough to satisfy my appetite that night and at $8 or so was really not a bad deal. Halfway through the tamales I recieved my order of 5 beautifully stuffed squash blossoms. This was one earthy dish. The SB still had a nice crunch and the filling was great. I believe this dish was about $7.
After I had finished the bartender had me try a couple of the new tequila's they just recieved. Of course I abliged and tried the anejo, reposada, and a blanco of yet another tequila that I forgot the name of.
While ordering and then during dessert I talked with the hostess at length about the food at Hugo's and also the food from her childhood. It was very nice. I also couldn't believe how good the chocalate flan was ( i had a glass of port with it). If you don't know already the chocalate is made in house at hugo's. They grind there own cocoa beans and form into a paste I believe. This flan had such an earthy richness and was very different from american/european choc. I contend this is the best flan I have ever had. The bartender, seeing how much I liked it served me the more traditional flan in the middle of me eating the other. And it was very good as well but still not as good as the choc.
All in all I give Hugo's a huge thumbs up and wish them success. You can make a meal out of the appetizers if you like, but next time I am getting either the grouper or the rabbit dish.

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