As the every popular Houston Rodeo approaches you may be getting ready to “head ’em up and move ’em out” to hit the fabulous entertainment available. But did you know that you don’t have to take the family all the way to the rodeo in order to enjoy the food? It’s true, as many Houston area restaurants create some “grub” that requires more than a can of beans and a campfire.
Fuddruckers wrangles in Texas-sized flavor with their new Outlaw Melt ($6.99)—featuring juicy chicken breast, spicy sautéed onions and jalapeno, ranch dressing and bleu cheese. Available at Fuddruckers locations until March 15.
Latin Bites will be offering 50% off their popular anticuchos—grilled beef heart skewers—during happy hour during the month of the Rodeo. Also be sure to take in their $5 Latin cocktails: pisco sours, margaritas, mojitos, sangria and caipirinhas; as well as $3 beers and $5 wines. Hot and cold bites are also 50% off. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday, 5:30pm to 7pm.
Line & Lariat
220 Main St.
Hotel ICON is trying to help with the stress of parking at the rodeo. Guests who dine at Line & Lariat during the Rodeo can enjoy $6 parking if they show their METROrail or Rodeo stub. The restaurant will also be offering special Rodeo-inspired entrée/beverage pairings. After the meal, just hop on the light rail on Main St. straight over to Reliant!
Happy Hour/Pre-Rodeo Specials include: Mondays: Karbach IPA + Braised Pork Tostada ($8.00 Tuesdays: Saint Arnolds + All American Burger ($9.00), Wednesdays: Margarita + Mini Taco Trio ($8.00), Thursdays: Michelada + Shrimp Campechana ($9.00), Fridays: Glass of House Wine + Artisan Cheeses ($10.00), Saturdays: Coronas ($3.00) + Crispy Fish Tacos ($2.00) and Sundays: Champagne + Breakfast Buffet ($16.00).
Philippe Restaurant + Lounge
1800 Post Oak Blvd.
Also known as the “French Cowboy” Chef Philippe Schmit gears up for the Rodeo with specially-inspired entrees offered each Saturday during the Rodeo. Starting February 23, Philippe will offer Chicken Gumbo with bacon, Andouille, bell peppers, rice and green onions ($9) and a Crispy Taco Choucroute with sauerkraut, garlic sausage, braised pork and franks with a jalapeno-old fashioned mustard sauce ($26). On March 2, enjoy the Salade Schlumberger with romaine, boiled egg, grilled cactus, bacon, tomato, avocado and blue cheese dressing ($10) and the Chicken Fried Steak, with onion rings, spicy tartar sauce and ratatouille ($25). On March 9, try the Shrimp Etoufee, a hot and spicy clam and shrimp stew with steamed rice ($10) and Barbecue Pork Ribs, deboned on an open lasagna with a white bean emulsion, brussels sprouts and cactus pesto ($26). On 3/16, try the Fried Oysters with red and green cabbage slaw, saffron pickled onions and aioli ($13) and the Seared Snapper with barbecue crab claws on a cornbread biscuit, with lentil-tomato vinaigrette ($34).
3908 Westheimer: 713.621.5800
799 Town & Country Blvd: 713.331.2792
Whether you’re on your way to or from the Rodeo, RA Sushi has you covered with various happy hour offerings. The Happy Hour menu, available Monday through Sunday from 3pm to 7pm, features more than 35 appetizer, sushi and drink selections ranging from $2.25 to $7.25. Try some sushi favorites like the Viva Las Vegas Roll and Tootsy Maki or a specialty cocktail such as the Emperor’s Cucumberita or Strawberry Saketini. Or join RA for their Reverse Happy Hour, Monday through Thursday from 10pm to midnight; or Sundays starting at 8pm for Flying Fish Lounge specials!
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
3701 Travis St.
For the duration of the Rodeo, show your Rodeo ticket at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop for a complimentary #11 cocktail (rye whiskey smash) with purchase of an entrée. Then stop in after the Rodeo shows for Reverse Happy Hour, from 9pm to 11pm, Tuesday through Thursday.
STRAITS Asian Bistro
800 Sorella Court
STRAITS will be featuring a weekly Steak Night each Wednesday during the Rodeo, beginning on February 20th before the kick-off weekend, and continuing on February 27, March 6 and March 13. Enjoy a 16-oz Rib-Eye steak with STRAITS’ special garlic fries ($19), available from 4pm through 10pm.
4601 Washington Ave.
Just in time for the Rodeo, The Counter introduces Bison as their newest permanent protein offering. Though comparable to beef in flavor and method of preparation, bison is much leaner and contains more proteins and nutrients, with fewer calories and less fat. The Counter’s bison burgers are made from certified organic bison that are 100% grass-fed, and thus antibiotic- and hormone-free. Build your own burger with any of more than 300,000 possible combinations!
2815 S. Shepherd Dr.
Looking to get your fill of Texan fare before heading to the Rodeo? Check out some of Triniti Restaurant’s newest additions to their Bar Bites menu. Try the Campechana with jumbo lump crab, gulf shrimp and lobster; Sloppy Joes on ciabatta; and smoked Berkshire Pork Spare Ribs. Enjoy them for $8 each or 3 for $20. During Triniti’s Happy Hour, 4pm to 7pm on Monday through Friday, as well as all day Sunday, bar bites are half-off. Don’t forget to wash it all down with half-off cocktails, $5 wines and $3 Texas beers.
Where will you be having family dinners during the Houston Rodeo? They all sounds good!