Cheetos cheese pickles, mac and cheese eggrolls, deep-fried cheesecake: 93 food spots to try during the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Cheetos Cheese Pickles from Biggy's (Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)
Cheetos Cheese Pickles from Biggy's (Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)

Cheetos Cheese Pickles from Biggy's (Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)

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Mac and Cheese Eggrolls from The Finer Diner (Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)
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Black Gold Truffles from Texas Pride Grill (Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been canceled as of March 11 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus cases in the area. Read more about the cancellation, here.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s World’s Champion Bar-B-Que Contest on Feb. 27-29 is just a warm up for all the food this year’s festivities will bring.

Some newcomers to the HLSR food lineup include Handmade Burgers, Jasper’s Rattlesnake Round Up, The Tot Spot & Mac Shack, Island Noodles, El Patio Restaurant, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Casa de Yummy and Fredericksburg Mini-Donut Co.

Some new food options are also on the menu, including Black Gold Truffles from Texas Pride Grill with chocolate cookie crumbs, cream cheese and white chocolate chips coated in sweet golden breading and fried, said Brittany Rader, senior manager of media relations and communications for the HLSR.

New savory food options include Cheetos Cheese Pickles from Biggy’s served with dill pickle chips, melted cheddar cheese and Flamin Hot Cheetos as well as The Finer Diner’s Mac and Cheese Eggrolls—a combination of three-cheese macaroni and smoked bacon bites wrapped in an egg roll and flash fried, Rader said.

The Rodeo runs from March 3-22 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Below is a full list of this year’s food lineup (asterisks denote new food vendors for 2020):


Blue Ribbon Grill

Burton Sausage

The Finer Diner


*Handmade Burgers

Holmes Smokehouse

Jack's Fries

*Jasper's Rattlesnake Round Up

Paradise Burgers

House Burger Barn

Saltgrass Steak House

Spring's Country Kitchen and Kettle Corn

Texas Pride Grill

Texas Sized Pizza and Burger & Chili Shack NRG Park Rodeo Plaza – RP 35

Texas Skillet

*The Tot Spot & Mac Shack


Goode Company Barbeque

Harlon's BBQ

New Braunfels Smokehouse

Oakridge Smokehouse

Pappas Bar-B-Q

Ranch House Meat Company

Triple J's Smokehouse

Yoakum Packing Company


Daq Shack

Half Moon Saloon

Joe's Ale House


Ranch House Lemonade

The Float Saloon


Greek Grill

*Island Noodles


Alamo Tamale & Taco

Cadillac Bar

*El Patio Restaurant

Freebirds World Burrito

Fruteria Cano

Go Tejano Diner

Laredo Taco Company

Tad's Bodacious Burrito


Swain's Pizza On A Stick

Texas Sized Pizza By The Giant Slice

Texas Sized Pizza By The Slice


Cajun's Unlimited

Sudie's Catfish House


*Auntie Anne's Pretzels

Fields of Corn

Go Nuts and More


*Casa de Yummy

Cobbler Cafe

Crown Cinnamon Rolls II

Dippin' Dots

*Fredericksburg Mini-Donut Co.

Fried What!

Granny's Cheesecake & More

Kona Ice

Marble Slab Creamery

Once Upon a Cone

Piche's Beignets

Sills Funnel Cakes

Stubby's Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet Feed-Cinnamon Roasted Nuts

Original Minneapple Pie


Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ

Big Dogs II

Biggy’s II

Big Texas BBQ

Bishop Chicken Stand

Candy Factory

Corn Junction

Corn Shack

Cowboy Kettle Corn

Dutchmen’s Funnel Cake

Enzo’s Pizzeria

Fried A Fair

Fried A Fair II

Get Fried

Going Nuts

Kid Shack

First Class Ice Cream

Marcus Hot Dog

McKinney Corn Dog

McKinney Funnel Cake

Mustard’s Café

Nitro Treats

Spud Ranch BBQ


Sweet Cheeks

Sweet Dreams


Tater Twister

Texas Steak Out Grill

Totally Baked Cookie Joint
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.


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