tumble in the rough
Austin hot chicken restaurant tumbles into prime Washington Ave space
An Austin-based hot chicken restaurant has claimed a prime restaurant space near Washington Avenue. Tumble 22 will open its second Houston-area location this summer in the former Avenue Grill at 1017 Houston Avenue, a representative tells CultureMap.
Founded in 2017 as a food trailer by chef Harold Marmulstein, Tumble 22 serves all-natural chicken that’s raised in Texas. Available as a sandwich, tenders, or bone-in, the chicken comes in one of six spice levels that range from “Wimpy” to “Stupid Hot.” Comeback sauce and ranch dressing are available to ease the burn.
The menu also includes Southern-inspired starters and sides such as deviled eggs, mac and cheese, and collard greens. Fries come plain or “dirty,” which means topped with cheese, hot chicken, and pickles. Tumble 22 further distinguishes itself from other hot chicken concepts with by serving five different pies for dessert — apple, pecan, buttermilk, chocolate, and blueberry streusel.
Using custom spice blends and breading its chicken by hand has brought Tumble 22 considerable acclaim. Houston food influencer and restaurateur Abbas Dhanani, the man behind the popular houstoneatz Instagram and TikTok accounts, cited it as his favorite hot chicken in Houston during a recent appearance on local radio show Houston Matters.
The Houston Avenue location will join a restaurant in Vintage Park that opened in late 2020. Tumble 22 also has four locations in the Austin area.
Images of a Tumble 22 banner on the front of the building recently circulated on social media. Previously, Eater Houston reported the building would be home to a new location of Tony Mandola’s, the Gulf Coast seafood restaurant that closed in 2021.