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TQLA, pronounced tequila, is the newest edition to the Height’s restaurant row on Washington Avenue. Merging elements of modern Mexican, southwestern and even southern cuisine, TQLA’s menu emphasizes seafood and grilled items, primarily accented with a range of roasted and dried peppers such as ancho, serrano, achiote and poblano. Opening menu highlights include blue corn-fried oysters, jumbo lump crab cakes paired with gazpacho coulis and familiar favorites like guacamole, ceviche and an assortment of enchiladas, tacos and burgers. And, of course, there's tequila. General manager and partner Scott Lindsey, one of only forty certified tequiliers in the country, has selected 167 tequilas -- with more to come. A rotation of eight premium tequilas is served on tap after being hyper-cooled to five degrees, and TQLA’s master mixologist creates seasonal tequila infusions plus specialty sangrias, margaritas and palomas. TQLA, 4601 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007, 281-501-3237.

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Del Frisco's Donates Big to Houston Restaurant Week
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House was the top contributor in the record setting 2010 Houston Restaurant Week, contributing $37,075 of the $585,562 total. Houston Restaurant Week (HRW), held August 1 to September 6, 2010, allowed diners to enjoy a three-course prix fixe meal for a special set price of $35 per person at area restaurants. Participating eateries donated $5 from each meal sold to the Houston Food Bank. This was the first year in which a lunch menu was offered for $20. On October 4, 2010 a check presentation ceremony took place at Del Frisco's in the Galleria. HRW Founder and Chair Cleverley Stone, along with Del Frisco's regional manager, Arthur Mooradian, presented the check to the Houston Food Bank. "We are thrilled to be the top contributor of this year's record breaking fundraiser. It's exciting to see the local restaurant industry come together for such a worthy cause each year. We look forward to participating in HRW 2011 and building upon the outstanding success of this year's event," said Mooradian. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, The Galleria, 5061 Westheimer Rd., Ste. 8060, Houston, TX 77056, 713-355-2600.
New Taco Truck in Town
At last, inner-loopers can get a taste of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen cuisine without the drive. Sylvia Casares has launched No Borders, a traveling taco truck serving lunch and dinner in the Heights. Follow the truck’s roving locations on Twitter @NoBordersTruck to find out where its serving tacos, tortas, roasted corn on the cob and Sylvia’s famous enchiladas. No Borders is a welcome addition to Houston’ burgeoning street food scene. Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, 12637 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77077, 281-679-8300.

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