Thursday, February 18, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 96

Pop diva Twain leads superstar concert lineup at 1999 Rodeo

Explore rodeo shows for extra fun

Best option may be to get on the bus

About the Cougar

Finding food at the Rodeo is easy, but paying for food isn't

By Jason Caesar Consolacion
Entertainment Co-Editor

Since the events at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo open as early as 9 a.m. for children's activities and exhibits, you're probably planning to skip school and spend all day there.

However, there's one aspect of your daily routine you might want to consider: eating.

Now, for those of you who don't eat, this is not a problem. However, if your stomach is prone to growling at you once in a while, you may want to consider your grub options at the Rodeo.

There are plenty of places to get your grub at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  However, be sure to pack a lot of cash.

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First and foremost, bring a lot of dough -- not for eating, but for spending. "Variety" is the key word at the Rodeo, and some of the food is quite good, but you will be forced to shell out the big bucks to satisfy your hunger.

It costs $12 to get into the Rodeo. If you plan on buying a snack, something equivalent to a dinner and a few drinks before and during the Rodeo and afterward at the carnival, you could be shelling out anywhere from $20 to close to $50 (especially if you gents will be spending for your dates).

It's pretty much the same story at any such place, whether it be a Rockets game, an Astros game, Astroworld or the Rodeo. At any one of these places, you'll be forced to spend a handful of cash, so just be sure to stop by the ATM before you get to the Rodeo.

So what's available for your eating pleasure? Frankly, there are a lot of options. Whether you're in the mood for barbecue, hamburgers, Mexican, ice cream or coffee, you'll have an easy time deciding what to eat.

For your traditional Rodeo eats, Luther's Bar-B-Q, Goode Company BBQ and Harlon's BBQ House & Catering lead the way. Luther's is located in the Astrodome, while the other places have set up booths in the Astrohall.

If you're looking to run for the border, Alamo Tamale & Taco of Houston LP, Go Tejano Dinner, Lobos Cafe, Lupitas Gorditas and Pappasitos will be available for you spice lovers. All of these places have booths in the Astrohall and are easy to find.

Specialty restaurants include Owen's Country Sausage, Cajun's Unlimited, Field of Corn, Helen's Country Delights, New Braunfels Smokehouse, Bum's Grill and Triple J's Smokehouse. If you're looking for something a little different, visit one of these places.

If you like Italian, there's Barry's Pizza. Are you fond of Chinese? Feel free to visit Kim Son Restaurant. Do you not eat animals with legs? Well, there's Brandon's Fish Shack to serve your seafood fancy.

Now don't forget about beverages and desserts. There are plenty of places to find a snack and even more places to find something to wash it down.

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Crown Cinnamon Rolls, Dippin' Dots Inc., Frontier Fruit & Nut Company, Great American Cookie Company, Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, Helmut's Strudel, J&R Candy Company, Sweetie Pies and The Apple Cart feature an array of munchies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Fife's All Natural Beverages, Spresso Bar, Toopees Coffee Company and Tropical Fruit Smoothie Company are also available to quench your thirst.

As you can see, you have plenty of options when you get hungry at the Rodeo. Just remember to bring lots of money so you won't be left with an empty wallet when your stomach starts growling at the carnival.

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