|Montage of the #14, queso, fajitas, tortillas & |
Several guests from the Houston Fooderati and their plus ones were invited to a casual dinner with Gary & Betsy Adair on a Thursday evening. Though the purpose was to commemorate 42 years of continuous operation for Los Tios--an amazing feat for a city that will have a new restaurant come in to rave reviews only to close within less than a year for no clear reason--what we received was a slice of Houston restaurant history, courtesy of Gary and Betsy Adair, which was worth waaaayyyy more than the meal to be sure.
|Gary Adair: Restaurateur and Storyteller|
|Puff Queso at Los Tios|
As an Economics Professor, I will also add that Gary shared some interesting insights into running a restaurant--especially on the care needed when taking over a long-established business such as Los Tios. One of the lessons I took away from there was being judicious with regards to changes. Even things such as upgrades to the restroom may not be well received when the long term regulars are used to a certain configuration, and handling customer responses carefully and with respect for the regular customers' feelings goes a long way. A business owner-operator can never underestimate the value of customer good will.
I would personally like to thank Gary & Betsy Adair for the invite to this dinner, and greatly appreciate the privilege of sharing this information with you, my dear readers. Los Tios is one of those long term good family Tex-Mex restaurants that we may take for granted at times, because it seems it's always there for us. However, such restaurants, while not the flashy chef centered single properties like Uchi, do deserve recognition and if it has been a while since you've been here, you might want to come try them again with fresh eyes.
Los Tios has four Houston area locations. This lovely dinner was at:
Houston, TX 77096
Phone: (713) 660-6244
Sun-Thu 11 AM to 10 PM
Fri-Sat 11 AM to 11 PM
And remember to Eat Happy, Y'all!!!