Duck taquitos: Photo by Kathy Tran

Duck taquitos: Photo by Kathy Tran

Victor Hugo, owner of VH, knows what you think.

His restaurant space on Beckley has housed several popular yet short-lived restaurants. Maybe you think VH will fail too, but Hugo isn’t worried about it.

“I take care of every person who walks in the door and make sure they come back,” he says.

After all, it can’t be the location. Jonathon’s, just next door, packs the house daily. And VH has found a loyal following, too. Without a reservation on a Friday or Saturday night, diners could wait up to an hour for a table in the small restaurant.

The draw is great hospitality plus value. Nothing on the menu costs more than $25.

“It’s the best possible food, that you’re familiar with, for the best price,” he says. “We’re going to give you the feel of a four-star restaurant for an affordable price.”

Popular items include bacon-wrapped maple-glazed pork loin, macadamia-crusted mahi-mahi and red-wine pot roast. The menu, from chef Eric Brandt, represents the influences of Mexico, California and Texas, where Hugo has lived. The OC salad has black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, queso fresco and ancho-lime vinaigrette. Duck and goat-cheese taquitos, a starter, are served with cascabel chili salsa. It’s a solid, consistent menu. VH also offers an approachable wine list, and everything is available by the glass. Plus, local beer on tap and craft cocktails. Give them a try; you just might come back. 

1115 N. Beckley

Ambiance: Fine Dining

Price range: $9-$24

Hours:  Tuesday-Friday, 11 A.M.-10 P.M. Saturday, 10 A.M.- 11 P.M.;
Closed Monday

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