Whats Eric Eating
What's Eric Eating Episode 77

Feast on Houston's artisan taco truck, plus first taste of 3 hot new spots

Feast on Houston's artisan taco truck, plus first taste of 3 new spots

El Topo Truck barbacoa taco
El Topo's signature barbacoa taco. Photo by Eric Sandler
Tony and Kale Luhrman El Topo Truck Butchers ball 2018
Tony Luhrman, seen her with wife Kale, is this week's guest. Photo by Emily Jaschke
El Topo Truck gravlax taco
Beet-cured gravlax taco with lemon ricotta and everything bagel-spiced tortilla. Courtesy photo
Places-Drinks-The Harp-exterior-1
The hosts discuss the Harp closing. Courtesy photo
Georgia James steakhouse interior
The hosts rave about a meal at Georgia James. Photo by Julie Soefer
El Topo Truck barbacoa taco
Tony and Kale Luhrman El Topo Truck Butchers ball 2018
El Topo Truck gravlax taco
Places-Drinks-The Harp-exterior-1
Georgia James steakhouse interior

On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," chef Tony Luhrman joins CultureMap food editor to discuss El Topo Truck, his taco truck that's earning praise for its artisan approach. Already a fixture at the weekly Urban Harvest farmers market, Luhrman got a boost when he won the coveted golden cleaver at this year's Butcher's Ball

Luhrman is a self-taught chef who says that he first started cooking as a way to get some relief from his mother's bland cuisine. After working at restaurants in college, he tried a couple of well-paying corporate jobs that didn't stick. Together with his wife Kale, he moved his family to Houston and opened El Topo three years ago. Like most food truck operators, he's looking towards a brick and mortar future. 

"My goal is an actual restaurant. That is what's in the works currently," Luhrman says. "Everything takes way too long in Houston, because I'm still a little guy. I don't have half-a-million dollars in my bank account. To move on properties here, you have to move very quickly. Luckily, I've made some good friends, and we're going to announce something soon. We're looking at a couple of places, one that's very promising. My hope is to make something that's very intimate . . . 50 or 60 seats."

Prior to Luhrman joining the show, Houston Barbecue Festival co-founder Michael Fulmer joins Sandler to discuss the news of the week. Their topics include Bobby Heugel and Justin Yu's plans to open a new restaurant in the Heights, Snooze opening in the Galleria, the Harp closing, and Ronnie Killen's plans to bring Killen's Steakhouse to The Woodlands. In the restaurant of the week segment, the two hosts share some thoughts on their meals at Indianola, Eunice, and Georgia James.

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