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Xochi Tops Chron Critic’s List of Houston’s Best 100 Restaurants

The awards just keep rolling in for Chef Hugo Ortega

Tacos de Chicharron crispy pork belly, blue corn tortilla, refritos, pickled red onion, salsa martajada.
Xochi is one of the country's best new restaurants, and Houston agrees
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Last night, Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook announced her annual rankings of Houston’s top 100 restaurants, and Chef Hugo Ortega’s Xochi is sitting pretty at number one.

After a brief delay caused by Hurricane Harvey, the critic revealed her list of the city’s best restaurants at 7 p.m. yesterday evening. Last year, Chef Justin Yu’s now-shuttered restaurant Oxheart topped the list, but with its closure, Xochi swooped into the top spot. It’s yet another accolade for Xochi chef Hugo Ortega, who’s won an impressive slate of awards this year, including a James Beard Award and a spot on Eater critic Bill Addison’s list of the country’s best new restaurants.

Rounding out the top five alongside Xochi is BCN Taste & Tradition, Coltivare, The Pass & Provisions, and Kata Robata. The list was originally expected to be announced at the Chronicle’s Culinary Stars event, which has since been rescheduled to an as-yet-unnamed date. At present, the newspaper is working on adding a charitable component to the annual event, which will raise funds for people affected by the storms.