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Excerpts from TQLA press release:
TQLA is heating up this summer with a new lunch and dinner menu, specially designed for the connoisseur of southwestern food—available starting Friday. As TQLA enters its first summer, after opening 10 months ago, they felt it was time for the them to take it up a notch and showcase new flavors.

Chef Tommy Birdwell has taken Mexican cuisine, added a splash of old-world Spanish ingredients and Native american spices to create some delicious dishes and sauces, that are full of color and flavor. By experimenting with new flavors, ingredients and styles, Chef Birdwell ‘s new menu with more than 20 dishes and delicious salsas that offer more seasonal ingredients and hard -to–find Mexican chilies. In addition, the new menu boasts 10 new lunch items under $11.

Crawfish and Texas Pecan Hush Puppies

Some menu items include: new appetizers— Chorizo empanadas, with homemade chorizo with new Mexican green chilies and southwestern prickly pear crema; Calamari La Paza, lightly battered and fried, served with poblano rings, fresh jalapenos, crispy onions, ranchero sauce and blackened Serrano aioli; Crawfish and Texas Pecan Hush Puppies, served with cucumber tomatillo sauce and chipotle ranch dressing; Sweet Potato Sopes, with pulled pork, refried black beans, shredded cabbage, queso and pineapple pico; BBQ Duck Tamale, with duck confit, cascabel chilies, fresh masa, spicy salsa pico and Mexican crema. New entrees: Fried Green Tomato & Jumbo Lump Crab salad, with jicama, salsa fresca and sweet pepper aioli; Blue Corn vegetable enchiladas; Santa Fe burger, with roasted chilies, hot and spicy habanero sauce and fried cotija cheese; Chilie Relleno, with two flash fried Anaheim chilies, served with Ranchero sauce , queso fresco, Mexican crema; Grilled Texas Quail, with spicy sweet arbol chilie glaze, blue corn polenta and a summer vegetable succotash. Desserts: Orange Jarritos and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Float and Patron XO Chocolate flan with cinnamon whipped cream…..To name a few.”

Central Market also has a lot going on…

Excerpts from Central Market press release:
“Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, Central Market’s Burger Revolution event takes an over-the-top, no-holds-barred look at the All American burger. With unique toppings, flavors and combos, burgers take on a whole new identity!

Special pricing will be featured throughout the store June 22 to July 5 to provide all the wide array of inventive ingredients to celebrate Independence Day with a burgerlicious barbecue for family and friends.

Commemorate this summer holiday by firing up the grill with new versions of a classic favorite. Central Market’s Foodies have created tasty and innovative recipes to spice up the traditional burger. A shopping list for all items to build one of these bigger, tastier burgers can be accessed by customers on their mobile device by visiting centralmarket.com – so no ingredient is left behind!

Customers can create or use these as inspiration:

Philly Cheese & Mushroom Burger:
Sauté sliced onions, tri-colored bell pepper strips and sliced cremini mushrooms.
Season burger with cracked black pepper, garlic and sea salt. Grill burger.
Immediately top with sliced Belgioioso Provolone and mushroom mixture.
Serve on Hoagie Buns.

Bruschetta Burger
Grilled Bruschetta-style Turkey Burger Patty
Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
Fresh Basil Leaves
Romaine Lettuce
Low-Fat Italian Vinaigrette Dressing
Italian Bread

Apple Bacon Cheddar Burger
Ground Bison Patties or Natural Angus Ground Chuck Patties
Grilled Sweet Yellow Onions such as Vidalia or 1015
Slices of Jonagold and Granny Smith Apples
Ford Farm Oakwood Smoked Cheddar
Applewood Smoked Bacon
Your Favorite BBQ Sauce
Toasted Onion Rolls

Seafood patties such as shrimp and tuna or delicious lamb patties are available, too. Stop by Central Market to learn more combinations, enjoy some fresh samples and pick up the perfect sides for a revolutionary burger.”

WHEN: Burger Revolution event takes place June 22 through July 5.

WHERE: Central Market, 3815 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

*Images, press releases, and recipes courtesy of TQLA and Central Market.