Most classic rock fans know that the 1973 ZZ Top album Tres Hombres contains the boogie rock classic “La Grange.” But vinyl fanatics may remember the record for a different reason: Its legendary gatefold that opens up to reveal a gut-busting Mexican food feast, still one of the more unique choices in album art history.
The original massive meal photographed for the inside of the record came from the legendary Leo’s Mexican Restaurant in Houston, Texas. Unfortunately though, Leo’s shuttered in 2001 making digging in on your own Tres Hombres-style feast far more difficult.
But that didn’t deter Tom Micklethwait. The Austin-based chef and owner of Micklethwait Craft Meats decided to recreate the legendary meal himself and film the results. The results, in the short seen above, demonstrate just how lovingly and authentically Micklethwait assembled the recreation.
Sadly, though the chef certainly looks pleased with his creation, he doesn’t provide much commentary on how it tastes. The video was still enough to impress un hombre though: ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons who told Texas Monthly, “It’s crazy. 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.”