Turkey legs with respect side

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Customers queuing for a table in Houston on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Turkey Leg Hut, a third stop restaurant.

Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Have you ever posted on social media and immediately regret it? A snappy tweet germinated in your brain that was so smart and edgy it just had to be shared with the world only to be rated? Or worse, are you the butt of a permanent meme? Houston City Council Greg Travis’ tweetvis This week, campaigning for Big Brother cameras in every classroom so that “parents and the public can watch what is being taught and how,” did not quite reach this level of Internet immortality, but not for lack of experimentation. Travis has a history of seditious social media posts, so it may be time to take a few plays and keep some of these beauties in the drafts folder.

Travis, however, did not marry anything about Allen West for self-promotion with outrageous remarks. West, the secession-curious former chairman of the Texas Republican Party, announced last weekend that he would challenge Governor Greg Abbott to re-election in 2022. But West is … different. As an iconoclast in a class of its own, he doesn’t so much burn his political bridges as he throws bombs on their charred remains. Calling House Speaker Dade Phelan a “political traitor” for courting Democratic support, he went behind Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as – you see – gentle on arms. When he and Texas GOP Vice Chairman Cat Parks disagreed on a committee project, he called Parks – a cancer survivor – a “cancer.” That’s how it stays noble, dude.


A bit of class may be all the owners of Third Ward’s Turkey Leg Hut expected when they recently announced a guest dress code prohibiting loose, “excessively revealing” or “housewarming” clothes. But the new rules hit many fans of swamp fries and wings as a blow to black culture. “We are not a club,” the restaurant said in a Facebook post in which he defended his policy. All right, point taken. But casual was the hut’s calling card, so to speak, wasn’t it? It’s also hot in Houston and when people curl up in club-ready outfits or pass by in pajamas and slippers – The Thumbs wear them around the house anyway – has their hat been good enough all these years, what’s so important? the sudden hanging around, which is an unwelcome sign to the people who built your business. Next time, show a little leg and remember to dance with those you brought with you.


One famous Houston grocery brand that’s getting good PR these days is Fuddruckers, Luby’s burger chain, whose future was pending after its parent company was liquidated last fall. Nicholas Perkins, the new owner of Fuddruckers, has pledged to keep the company’s headquarters in Houston and hire local staff while expanding its presence in Texas. Losing Luby’s and its delicious deep fried okra and jalapeño cornbread still feels like The Thumbs was smashed by a hammer, but keeping Fuddruckers and its fresh, homemade buns in Bayou City has already got the swelling up let go back.


Finally, we’d like to thank the Houston comic book store Third Planet Sci-Fi Superstore and its owner, TJ Johnson, for bringing a sense of humor and bold color palette to the courthouse steps. Johnson and his attorney hired four artists to illustrate a 24-panel comic book that tells the story of a humble comic book store destroyed by rubble thrown by unidentified jokers at the neighboring Crowne Plaza River Oaks on the suit. Will a robed crusader, i.e. a judge, come to the aid of BAM! a hammer? Unknown so far, but all Thumbs wants to know is whether the Crowne Plaza lawyers can outdo the Third Planet folks with an animated short.





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