The organizers of Houston Restaurant Weeks extended the restaurant fundraiser through the end of September. I enjoyed a nice lunch at Caracol before the floods devastated Houston. The water from the #houstonflood damaged many restaurants in the area. Just like families who lost their homes, the restaurants had to rebuild in some capacity. Houston Restaurant Weeks benefit the Houston Food Bank. The Houston Food Bank serves a huge role in the Houston community as it provides food for families and organizations to provide to the community.
Chef Hugo Ortega and Restaurateur Tracy Vaught own and operate Caracol. Chef Ortega’s well known for other restaurants including Hugo’s, Backstreet Café, Origen. Caracol sits next door to the BBVA Bank at 2200 Post Oak Blvd. near the Galleria. It has its own parking garage. They can validate your parking after you dine in the restaurant. The restaurant opens 7 days a week at 11 a.m. with varying closing hours.
Mexican Coastal Cuisine
What I ate:
The lunch menu features three courses. My lunch date and I started with some guac and chips. My first course was called Pozole Verde. The restaurant describes it as a hominy soup, hoja santa scented broth, and pumpkin seeds. It’s similar to a bisque in texture. I enjoyed it. I picked the Camarones al Chipotle with sautéed shrimp drizzled with chipotle sauce and creamy lobster rice. Don’t expect a large portion. The restaurant serves a lunch portion. You won’t have any left to take home. I recommend you savior every bite. I had the Helado de Mango y Chamoy, which is mango ice cream to finish off my meal. The mango ice cream came with a compote drizzled on top. It’s fruit cooked down to a syrup.
What I drank:
The waiter informed me that they had turmeric water. I ordered it without hesitation. I’m a fan of turmeric. I put turmeric in my water, tea and other beverages to prevent swelling after I workout. Turmeric offers other benefits too including joint pain, weight loss and more. You should look it up to learn more about Turmeric.
You can end the summer with this refreshing, sweet drink. It’s now on my list of favorite non-alcoholic drinks to order at Caracol.
My lunch cost $20 during #houstonrestaurantweeks.
Caracol offers a brunch menu on Saturday and Sundays, dinner, happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., a decadent dessert menu, an extensive wine list, and a vegetarian menu. I think you should visit. I think you will enjoy Caracol if you like Mexican food.
Caracol features a #HoustonStrong Margarita as part of #HarveyRelief efforts on it’s happy hour menu. They plan to donate $1 for every margarita sold. Until next time, love, peace and food. The restaurant also worked diligently to prepare meals for first responders risking their lives to save residents in Houston and surrounding areas.