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See Chef Recreate, Eat ZZ Top’s ‘Tres Hombres’ Mexican Food Photo

“I stand in awe of what he’s accomplished,” band’s Billy Gibbons says of Thomas Micklethwait’s culinary tribute

Streaming technology may allow for “on-the-go” access and the convenience of having the history of recorded music at your fingertips, but the LP format offers many notable advantages – like glorious gatefold photos of Mexican food. Austin chef Thomas Micklethwait paid tribute to both vinyl and burritos by recreating – and then eating – the culinary spread from the inside cover of ZZ Top‘s 1973 LP, Tres HombresDangerous Minds reports. 

The nearly three-minute video opens by assuring viewers, “This is a true story,” before Micklethwait cranks ZZ Top’s blues-rock anthem “La Grange” on his stereo, the same one featured in the Tres Hombres photo. After cooking the massive, delicious-looking meal – and even recreating the kitchenware and decorations from the now-closed Leo’s Mexican Restaurant in Houston – he throws on his sunglasses and digs in. (There isn’t a full time-lapse section to prove he ate the entire thing, but we’ll take his word for it.)

Besides earning a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame, Micklethwait also received a compliment from the most impressive possible source: ZZ Top singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons. “It’s crazy – absolutely nuts,” the musician told Texas Monthly. “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.”

The clip ends with two recommendations: to buy ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres and to eat loads of Mexican food.

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