Good food, good southern Louisiana Creole style food, has been the passion and career of Tom Tollett. He is the owner of the popular Tommy's Restaurant Oyster Bar, a full-service Creole style restaurant, in the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas, and recently celebrated his 35 year in the restaurant business, with the highlight being the success of his namesake restaurant, which he founded in late 1994.
In 2009, he extensively remolded the restaurant, which included a new name, Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Bar. The new concept is a casual, fresh, regional Gulf seafood and prime cut steaks restaurant.
Oysters have been a large part of his new focus and success, along with the local involvement in the Galveston Bay. In fact, he recently hosted one of the very first Galveston Bay Appellation Oyster tastings that highlighted the different characteristics of Galveston Bay Oysters.
As a restaurateur and a member of the Galveston Bay Foundation, he also spoke before the Texas House of Representatives to encourage ensure passage of bills that would protect the freshwater that flows down the Trinity and San Jacinto rivers, which are the lifeblood for the estuary that is Galveston Bay. “Fresh water provides the proper salinity for the bay, which is good for oysters, and it also brings the vital nutrients and sediments necessary to protect the entire bay’s health, commercial and recreational fisheries, and the quality of life values for future generations. The bills passed.
“Let’s protect, grow, and eat oysters to a healthier bay!”