by Andy Langer, Texas Monthly || Last year, Texas Monthly described the inside cover of ZZ Top’s 1973 LP Tres Hombres as “perhaps the most famous and salivating example of Tex-Mex food porn of all-time.”
The album’s gatefold photo captures a huge Mexican feast catered by Leo’s Mexican Restaurant—a Houston institution that shuttered in 2001. Yesterday, celebrated Austin chef Tom Micklethwait of Austin’s, Micklethwait Craft Meats, posted a short film—ZZ Tom—to Vimeo that pays his respects to both Leo’s and the Lil’ Ol’ Band From Texas by meticulously recreating the image from scratch. And then, after the replica is complete, Chef Micklethwait eats it all, on camera.
“It’s crazy.” Billy Gibbons told Texas Monthly. “Absolutely nuts. I stand in awe of what he’s accomplished. I have to hand it to him, he recreated every last element that you see in the centerfold with exacting detail. It’s rather remarkable. But what’s most remarkable for me is seeing the preparation and then witnessing the consumption. The whole film? As Matthew Odam in the Statesman so aptly concluded: “Hot. Delicious. And righteous.””