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$60  + Tax/Tip
Thu, 5/19
7:00 PM
West University

El Topo

5-Course Elevated Western Tasting Event

Stories like this confirm the American dream. El Topo started life in 2015 as a food truck. Not long after that, Eater named it to its list of “12 Must-Try Houston Food Trucks.” By December of 2019, El Topo had settled into in its bricks-and-mortar location in West University, with a sophisticated menu featuring tacos on house-made, heirloom corn tortillas, responsibly-sourced meats and produce prepared with practiced technique, both ancient and cutting edge, and delicate pastries baked from scratch. Chef Tony Luhrman, a San Antonio native, has enjoyed much success, earning a Golden Cleaver Award at the 2018 Butcher’s Ball and a top 50 listing on Culture Map’s Top 100 restaurants of Houston for 2019. “Not your everyday taqueria,” raves Texas Monthly, adding that “This was the Walt Whitman of little neighborhood restaurants—it contained multitudes.” We’re eagerly anticipating our visit here and the chance to chat with Chef Luhrman and hear the story of El Topo’s journey from truck to top-tier Houston restaurant.

About the Host:

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Tony Luhrman

Co-Executive Chef/Owner

Chef Tony Luhrman was born and raised in San Antonio, where he immersed himself in the historical Tex-Mex signature to the fair city. He has been cooking for the city of Houston as Chef-owner of El Topo for more than half a decade. As both gourmet food truck operator and roaming fine-dining viral pop-up director, he has earned both critical and awarded success, including a 1st Place showing at the 2018 Butcher’s Ball and a top 50 listing on Eric Sandler’s debut of Culture Map’s Top 100 restaurants of Houston for 2019.


The Lineup


All courses will be individually plated.

  1. Stuffed Brioche

    with jammed texas strawberries, cream, and cracked black pepper

  2. Gulf Snapper Ceviche

    with heirloom tomatoes, nam phrik, sal guisna, tiger cry, sliced avocado, cilantro, and housemade chips

  3. Spring Artichoke Salad

    with heirloom lettuces, radishes, spring onion, green garlic, walnut salsa macha, manchego frito, and lemon vinegar

  4. Leg of Lamb Barbacoa

    with consomme, salsa verde picoso, heirloom corn tortillas, confit potato, and spring onion

  5. Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

    with chocolate whip and chocolate shavings

Restaurant Covid 19 Policy


At this event, we will be accommodating all requests for separate tables rather than communal seating. Additionally, all food will be served individually-plated rather than family-style. As per local guidelines, as well as the restaurant's own policy, attendees will not be required to present proof of vaccination for entry.

El Topo

6119 Edloe St

West University Place, TX 77005

Event FAQs


Do I have to bring printed tickets to the event?
No tickets are needed.
What does the ticket price cover?
The ticket price covers the full cost of the meal.
Can I bring guests/non-members to this event?
Yep! For this event, guest tickets are $75 + tax & tip, and you can bring up to 3 guests. Please note, guests are not allowed to attend unaccompanied by a member.
Do guests need to be of a certain age to attend this event?
Yes. All attendees must be 21+ to gain entry.
What must I bring to the event?
Please make sure to bring a government-issued photo ID. Additionally, if you plan on purchasing beverages during the event, make sure to bring cash.
What is the event ticket cancellation/refund policy?
Tickets to our events are non-refundable. However, for emergency requests, we may allow members to transfer their tickets to friends, provided the guest ticket surcharge of $25 is paid when transferring a member ticket to a non-member. All ticket transfer requests (as well as the guest ticket surcharge) must be sent to us prior to the event. Any guests who have not paid the guest ticket surcharge will not be allowed entry.
What dietary restrictions/food allergies can be accommodated at this event?
At this event we will be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions and food allergies. Just make sure to update your dietary restrictions within your Account Info before or after you purchase tickets, or email us at [email protected] after you purchase tickets to let us know what your allergies/restrictions are so we can give the chef a heads up.
What COVID safety precautions will be taken at this event?
At this event, we will be accommodating all requests for separate tables rather than communal seating. Additionally, all food will be served individually-plated rather than family-style. As per local guidelines, as well as the restaurant’s own policy, attendees will not be required to present proof of vaccination for entry.

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