Tommy Birdwell

  • Dining

    November 15, 2012

    Philly Poutine

    A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Block 7 on the Chopping Block and Birdwell Flies the Coop

    The big news this week was word from Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse and Ricky Craig of Hubcap Grill that the two are combining their magical meat skills to open CK's Steakhouse in the Heights. The new steakhouse serves, in a way, to replace the plans that Killen had to open an outpost of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Speed Bartending and Valentine-Making

    Pondicheri's second monthly charity breakfast is planned for tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Half of the proceeds from all sales will go to benefit Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, so dig in. The following Monday, January 16, Valentines for Soldiers will take over the Saint Arnold brewery from 6 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Tequila & Tamales: And the Winners Were...

    Photos by Francisco Montes​From the moment I saw Chef Tommy Birdwell's tamales plated and handed over to eager guests, I knew he'd brought his A-game to last Thursday night's Tequila & Tamales event at Xuco Xicana. Each corn husk had been tied and butterflied open with a flourish, showcasing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Openings & Closings: Ménage à Foie

    Photo courtesy of FacebookSomething much cooler is coming to the old Zula's space downtown...​Two big blows of bad news shook the food community this week: Yelapa Playa Mexicana announced its closure, and Moon Tower Inn decided to take a three-month break to remodel. The writing had been on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Big Bite Night Goes Bollywood

    Photos by GroovehouseButtery crabcake sliders from Truluck's were the hit of the night. See more photos in our slideshow.​The 2011 Big Bite Night at the Houston Museum of Natural Science went Bollywood this year. Narin's Bombay Brasserie was among the nearly 50 restaurants spotlighted at this ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2011

    The Shuttle's Souvenir Load

    20,000 flags and 10,000 patches aboard

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Tommy Birdwell in the kitchen at TQLA​In part one of our conversation with Chef Tommy Birdwell of TQLA, we covered his early career and his vision for TQLA. Today, we'll discuss Chef Birdwell's work on the Pappasito's menu, writing a cookbook with Stephan Pyles, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Tommy Birdwell, in front of TQLA​Houston native Tommy Birdwell, the co-owner/executive chef at TQLA, may hold the record for having worked at more restaurants than any other chef in Houston: 37, at last count. Then again, his career began at age ten. A graduate of ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 24, 2011

    Southwest on Washington

    Anyway you spell TQLA, it's fabulous.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    More Than Just Tequila at TQLA

    Photos by Troy FieldsNot quite chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but far more delicious.​I feel like TQLA -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- hasn't gotten the fairest of shakes. Yes, it's named after a beverage that most people associate with Spring Breaks spent partly in Matamoros ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    First Look at TQLA

    More photos from TQLA are in our slideshow.​If there are two things that serve to immediately dissuade me from trying a restaurant these days, the phrases "167 tequila offerings" and "Washington Avenue" would be those two. I have nothing personally against either tequila or Washington Avenue, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by ilovebutterComing soon to Shepherd: another Lupe Tortilla sandbox for your screaming children to pee in while you drink six margaritas and try to forget they exist.​Ever since Shuck Daddy's closed down last month in what's quickly become known as the cursed address at 1511 Shepherd, p ... More >>