Tom Micklethwait recreated ZZ Top’s ‘Tres Hombres’ album art … and ate it

The inside cover of ZZ Top's 1973 album "Tres Hombres."
The inside cover of ZZ Top’s 1973 album “Tres Hombres.”


Update 2: ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons has seen the film and says of Micklethwait, “I stand in awe of what he accomplished.” Find out what else Gibbons had to tell Andy Langer about that seminal album art by reading the interview on

Before he rocked out sausage and other smoked-meats from his trailer on Rosewood Avenue, Tom Micklethwait once lived the life of a rock-and-roller. He played guitar as Tom Kodiak in Austin garage rock band the Hex Dispensers. He may have left the touring behind, but Micklethwait’s love for rock obviously endures.

In one of the most clever and joyful marriages of art, music and food, Micklethwait recreated the inside cover of Texas legends’ ZZ Top’s classic 1973 album “Tres Hombres,” which was inspired by the late Leo’s Mexican Restaurant in Houston.

Then he ate it. The whole thing was captured on film.

Hot, delicious and righteous, Tom. (I can’t believe a restaurant hasn’t offered this as a ‘Tres Hombres’ or ZZ Top special.)

Texas Forever.

Update: As it turns out, Mr. Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top is, not surprisingly a huge fan of Tex-Mex. Longtime Austin chef Luke Bibby, owner of Luke’s Inside Out, wrote me to tell me about some of Gibbons’ prolific ordering when Bibby worked at Manuel’s.

“Billy would order 6 beef enchiladas, 3 bowls tortilla soup, 3 baskets of chips, 2 bowls queso, bout a quart of salsa and wash it down with multiple virgin daiquiris. Hollow leg.”

Bibby, whose career has also included backstage catering at hundreds of concerts, said they recreated the order for Gibbons a few times at concerts at the Backyard. Well done, Billy. (And Luke.)

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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