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It's that time again, when all of Houston decks itself out in cowboy hats and boots, amps up its two-stepping skills, and celebrates that thing they call Rodeo. But it's not just on the grounds of NRG Park where diners will find great eating. All across the city, restaurants are offering specials throughout Rodeo season. Rope 'em before they're gone.
The fast-casual option inside the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston gets into the Rodeo spirit with a braised pulled pork sandwich, made with house barbecue sauce, dijon mustard, arugula, tomatoes, and pickled onions. The special is available through Sunday, March 24.
The Bellaire restaurant is serving Brisket Breakfast Hash, made with smoked brisket from their neighbors at Blood Bros BBQ, bell peppers, onions, country potatoes, and two eggs made to order. It's available all day, every day, through March 17.
Come on by the Upper Kirby restaurant for an extended happy hour from 2-6 pm throughout Rodeo season and opt for a Tumbleweed cocktail, made with vodka and jalapeno, or the Texas Ranger, a blend of tequila, pomegranate, and lime. Those needing some sustenance with their drinks can tuck into chef Drake’s Grilled Cowboy Ribeye, served with crawfish butter, green asparagus, and Yukon gold potatoes. All special are available through March 17.
In honor of Rodeo season, the Montrose steakhouse has transformed its upstairs lounge into GJ Saloon. In addition to live music Wednesday through Saturday, customers can look for happy hour specials between 5 and 7 pm. There's also a special Rodeo prix fixe menu for $95 that includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Diners may select from choices such as a half-dozen oysters, crab hushpuppies, 44 Farms Ribeye with fried Brussels sprouts, Gulf fish with Szechuan style noodles and charred cabbage, and pecan pie.
Head to the hotel's lobby bar for the BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich – crafted with mesquite-smoked, Black Angus beef brisket, topped with barbecue sauce and smoked gouda. Served on a soft brioche bun, the sandwich is paired with steak fries, bread and butter pickles, and a side of ranch-style baked beans. It's available through March 17.
The River Oaks District seafood restaurant offers 15-percent off customer checks through March 17, when they present their Rodeo Houston badge or Rodeo tickets.
Rodeo revelers will appreciate the restaurant's extended happy hour, available from 2-6 pm through March 17. On the weekends, Marmo offers a reverse happy hour from 10 pm to midnight.
Drink highlights include $6 select glasses of wine, $5 Peroni beer and $8 cocktails. Food specials include $2 oysters on the half shell with Calabrian chili mignonette and $7 pastas such as rigatoni alla vodka, veal bolognese, and polpette (meatballs with tomato sauce). Marmo’s extended happy hours will be available at the bar, in the lounge, or on the patio.
This year is the downtown destination's first rodeo, and they're doing it up with specials like Korean BBQ Bao Buns ($15) and the Pitmaster sandwich, made with smoked chicken, barbecue sauce, smoked Gouda, red onion, jalapeños, and buttermilk ranch ($16).
Head to this River Oaks spot to sample a full menu of Rodeo-themed treats. Try the 44 Farms Mini Corn Dogs for $10 or the pulled pork sandwich for $16, made with Relish's barbecue sauce and slaw, served on a brioche bun with a side of fries — both available from 11 am - 5:30 pm. Other options can be had from open to close, including the Space City Cowboy with bourbon, blackberry, mint, lemon, and maple and the Rodeo Rita with mezcal, tequila, lime, blood orange, and bitters for $14 each.
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Rodeo Committee members who present their current badges at the Midtown location can get a 15-percent discount, an acknowledgement of the hard work put in by the Rodeo's tens of thousands of volunteers. With its location on the METRO light rail's red line, volunteers can travel easily between the restaurant and the Rodeo grounds.