Killer Authentic Mexican Restaurant Debuts in Dallas’ West Village
A great Mexican-influenced restaurant has made its debut in Uptown: Hugo’s guestsa concept named for co-founder Hugo Miranda, opened in Dallas’ West Village, where it offers authentic Mexican cuisine and craft cocktails, in the space at 3699 McKinney Ave. formerly occupied by Mi Cocina, who moved into the former Del Frisco’s Grille Space.
The opening represents a welcome return to Mexican cuisine and delicious margaritas for West Village, with an acclaimed team behind the wheel.
This is Hugo’s second Invitados; the first was opened in Las Colinas by Miranda and Mark Hulme, co-founder and owner of Hospitality Inspirado, Hugo’s parent company. It debuted in 2018 with a focus on all-natural Mexican-influenced cuisine and organic cocktails, with a menu featuring innovative dishes such as:
- Mexican avocado toast expertly on a corn masa pancake, with salsa roja botanera, avocado and queso fresco
- Smoked salmon nachos with mashed avocado, mango relish and mango-habanero yogurt
- Mexican cioppino – seafood stew with mussels, clams, bay scallops, calamari, Pacific shrimp, giant crabmeat, fish, lemongrass rice, and tomato chilpachole crudo
- Cowboy Al Pastor – a seared bone-in ribeye al pastor with roasted vegetables, applewood-smoked bacon, and half a pineapple-guajillo
The menu will reflect the location of Las Colinas, says Natalio, Hugo’s executive chef Charles, including craft cocktails such as their cucumber serrano margarita, all made with freshly squeezed juices daily.
“It will be the same cuisine and freshly made organic cocktails that are influenced by Mexico and inspired by our guests like Hugo’s Invitados at Las Colinas,” says Charles. “And to coincide with the opening in West Village/Uptown, we recently updated our dinner menu seasonally.”
At Hugo’s, even the basics like chips and salsa are upgraded: their tortilla chips are baked, never fried, and are served with homemade organic salsas. And they’re probably the only Mexican restaurant in Dallas serving an arugula salad with baby arugula, avocado, berries, celery leaf, agave dressing, pumpkin seeds, and queso de rancho.
The restaurant’s interior is 7,000 square feet in size and can accommodate approximately 150 people inside, including 10 tables at the bar. They’ve done wonders with the outdoor patio, taking what was once an alley between the restaurant and the cinema and turning it into a huge oasis that seats 125 people, complete with celery green chairs and cheery orange umbrellas, surrounded by potted flowers, an ideal setting for brunch.
They will be a dominant presence in West Village, where Hospitality Inspirado recently opened Honest Taco, a new concept with tacos, bowls and craft cocktails, right across the street. (In late 2021, the company also opened Hugo’s Lost Colony, a Tex-Mex spin-off with a menu designed by Chef Charles.)
“On behalf of our entire team, including Natalio, Hugo, Eder, Jose and many more, we are thrilled to bring Hugo’s Invitados to downtown Dallas and proud to be a part of the culture and the history of this vibrant community,” said Hulme. said. “West Village is unmatched in walkability, culture and sense of place, and we couldn’t think of a better partner and location for this flagship location.”