Is It Possible To Find Healthy Food At The Houston Rodeo?

From fried cheesecake to pizza on a stick, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is known for its over-the-top festival food. But is it possible to find healthy options?


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How do you deep fry an Oreo?

Bowers says the job is more work than you might think.

“You see these little Oreos here have toothpicks in them?” she says. “I’ve been sticking toothpicks in Oreos since last October, and we have about 20,000 Oreos at the fair this year.”

Judging by the line outside Fried What, those Oreos won’t go to waste.

I met Cali Brown and her family on their way to the stand. I told Brown about my hunt for healthy Rodeo food, and she gave it to me straight.  

“If you’re looking for healthy, you should just bring a salad or something,” says Brown.

The Browns were looking for fried pickles. Cali opted for another indulgence, the fried onion blossom.

“I don’t think that you’ve lived or you’ve been to the Rodeo unless you eat the deep-fried nonsense here,” she says.

As I ended my futile quest for healthy food, I found that there seems to be the consensus among Rodeo-goers. This is a time to relax, indulge and forget about counting calories. So you know what? I give up. You can find me at Fried What enjoying a red velvet Oreo. 

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