Our first visit to Houston, Texas landed us at a wellness spa. Go figure, we had planned to spend an entire weekend in the state known for doing things big, especially food. Being the foodies that we are, there was no way we were going to leave Houston without dipping our toe – or should I say, tongue – in its restaurant scene. After spending an entire night searching for the best places to eat in Houston, I came across Caracol, a seafood restaurant offering coastal Mexican cuisine. After seeing photos of the food and reading rave reviews, I knew we had to go the very next day for lunch.
Lunch at Caracol
Both my husband and I are seafood lovers, and we are fans of coastal Mexican cuisines, which made a visit to Caracol a must-do before we left.
Since we were doing a cleanse, we figured we would keep the food we ate light. My husband and I shared two of their ceviche dishes. I ordered the Baja Ceviche (scallop, mango, papaya, cucumber, and jalapeño) while he got the Ceviche con Chile Rojo (lime-cured red snapper, cilantro, red bell pepper, black olives, onion, jalapeño, radish). Both were so good. They were light, and fresh, which did not make us feel guilty about eating it.
We shared their Campechana Estilo DF, which is a Mexico City-style mixed seafood cocktail containing shrimp, crab, octopus, tomato, serrano chile and cilantro. And because we are big on getting in our veggies, as a side, we had the Repollitos Asados (charred Brussels sprouts). These were some of the best Brussel sprouts I’ve had.
We enjoyed the lunch we had at Caracol so much that we scheduled a reservation for the next day to check out their popular brunch.
Brunch at Caracol
Brunch at Caracol is served buffet-style. It is heaven for lovers of both Mexican cuisine and seafood. My husband and I could not believe the amount of food on display including fresh oysters, several types of ceviches, salads, tamales, chili rellenos, and even some of my favorite desserts like conchas and churros.
There was so much food that I would have to write another blog post to cover it all. But I can tell you this much, the oyster bar was my favorite. I loved that the staff kept fresh oyster shooters flowing.
A tell-tale sign of a great restaurant outside of having amazing food is having efficient and attentive staff. As we enjoyed our meals, my husband and I watched as the staff frequently replaced food so guests were not missing out on any of the deliciousness being served.
Brunch at Caracol was well worth the $37/person spent. It was definitely a great value. When I tell you that we cannot wait to get back, I mean it. I’ve been tracking flights to catch a great deal to Houston ever since.
Bringing kids? Brunch for children costs $12.
If you’re ever in Houston, be sure to visit Caracol, especially if you’re a seafood lover. You will want to make reservations for brunch, as it gets crowded.
2200 Post Oak Blvd., No. 160
Houston, TX 77056
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