Chow Down At These Great Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo Eateries

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March rolls into Houston and all the nonstop buzz is about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – the concerts, the bull riding, the fair, and most important, the food. Around every corner and at every turn, whether you are inside watching the bull riding, wagon races, or a concert, or outside jumping from ride to ride at the 100.3 KILT Carnival, the food is spectacular and unlike any other you have ever tasted. It is hard not to find a stand, restaurant or a vendor that does not make you want to chow down more. Here are some of the top picks from Rodeo fans from all over Houston area.

Bum’s Blue Ribbon Grill
Rodeo Plaza and Food Court in Reliant Stadium
Reliant Park
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(713) 961-3381 and (832) 667-1000
www.thestategrillecatering.com

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Located at the food court in Rodeo Plaza, Bum’s Blue Ribbon Grill brings grilling to life. You name it, they grill it – hot dogs, chicken, steak, sausage, shrimp and so much more. Bum’s BBQ is a must have. Last year, Bum’s took third place in the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards in the Most Creative Food category for the pulled pork sundae, an interesting and delightful treat. During the rest of the year, you can find Bum’s Blue Ribbon Grill in the heart of Houston on West Alabama Street at its catering company Frankie B. Mandola’s Catering.

Sweet Cheeks
RCS Carnival Midway
Reliant Park
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1000

Hours: February 28–March 11, Sun to Thurs – 4 p.m. to midnight, Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to midnight, Spring Break Stampede, March 12-18, Mon to Fri – noon to midnight, Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. to midnight

Sweet Cheeks is located in the heart of the 100.3 KILT Carnival, which opens first thing in the morning and is the last part of the rodeo to close down every night. Known for its’ fried foods, Sweet Cheeks received first place in the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards for its deep fried moon pie in the Best Fried Foods category. A rodeo carnival is not complete without deep southern fried foods, and more food that you can imagine. Also look out for fried Snickers, fried Twinkies and fried Oreos.

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Sudie’s Catfish House 
Rodeo Plaza
Reliant Park
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(281 ) 487-0920
www.sudies.com

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Family owned Sudie’s Catfish House originally opened in 1983 in Pasadena, right outside of Houston, and 20 years later opened the Seafood House in League City. Well known for its award winning seafood and homemade Southern comfort food, Sudie’s is always popular favorite at the rodeo. Last year, Sudie’s took second place in the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards’ Best Seafood category for its combination duo of fried shrimp and oysters, and does not disappoint any seafood lover. Some of the other favorites you can find are stuffed jalapenos, hushpuppies  and hamburgers.

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Granny’s Cheesecakes and More
Reliant Center Lobby
Reliant Park
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1000

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Located in the heart of the carnival, Granny’s Cheesecakes and More is known for its chocolate covered foods. Last year, Granny’s took both first place in the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards Best Food on a Stick Category for the chocolate covered bananas and strawberries, and first place in the Favorite Foods category for the chocolate dipped cheesecake. Those with a sweet tooth and especially chocolate lovers come for miles around just for Granny’s food. Special for your kids, Granny offers half sticks of food to make them more affordable and kid friendly. A few other specialties are deep fried shortcake and ice cream on a stick.

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World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest
Reliant Stadium Parking Lots
Reliant Park
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1000
www.rodeohouston.com

Price: Adult (ages 13 & over) – $10 and Children (ages 3-12) – $5
Hours: Thursday, February 23rd – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, February 24th – noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, February 25th – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Every year to kick off the rodeo, cooks come from all over the city to take part in the World Championship Bar-B-Que, also known as The Cookoff. This year, The Cookoff  takes place from February 23 to 25 in the parking lot of Reliant Stadium. While at The Cookoff, you can eat BBQ to your heart’s content or you can partake in the cook off with your team, hoping to win. Music will play all day and night at the Miller Lite Stage Garden, so bring your boots and dance away. Whether you come to cook or to eat, the World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest has the best Bar-B-Que and dancing around.

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Kelli Kelly is a freelance writer who resides in Houston, Texas. Discovering how to make recipes family friendly, healthy, and in a short amount of time using ingredients that can usually be found in your pantry already is a passion of Kelli’s. She also helps to teach children’s cooking/baking classes and parties. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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