There were tears of joy from Kimberly Revis of multiple-time Gold Buckle winner Custom Confections as she and her husband, Anthony, accepted their third first-place award of the day. This is the fifth year in a row Custom Confections has received top honors in a category — but its first Dessert award. The Revises' winning entry this year was “The Emma,” a layered sundae in a clear cup that comes complete with brownies, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
Multiple-time breakfast winner Stubby’s had the most total honors, taking both first and second place in the Breakfast category as well as third and first place in the Best Value category. Their “Big Stone” breakfast sandwich included a thick slice of ham, egg and a big slice of melted cheese on a burger bun.
Houston restaurants Berryhill Baja Grill and Saltgrass Steakhouse also had terrific showings. Berryhill won first place in the Food On A Stick category with its shrimp diablo kebab and third in the Best Fried Food category for its crispy original fish taco.
For its part, Saltgrass landed second place with its steak kebab for the very important Food On A Stick Category, and its pork-stuffed baked potato took third in the Classic Fair Food category.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attendees who find, buy and try all eight first-place Gold Buckle winners will get bragging rights that they truly had the best food at the rodeo — and a free T-shirt. Not that hungry? Land four and get a koozie instead — and similar bragging rights.
The full list of all the winners (including their booth numbers so rodeo patrons can find the winning dishes) is below.
1st: Stubby’s Iced Cinnamon Roll - L0259
2nd: Stubby’s “Big Stone” Breakfast Sandwich - AR903
3rd: Burton Sausage Kitchen Sink Taco - L0075
1st: Stubby’s Original Cinnamon Roll - L0259
2nd: Ranch House Meats Barbecue Plate - KC301
3rd: Stubby’s Loaded Baked Potato - AR903
Food On A Stick
1st: Berryhill Baja Grill Shrimp Diablo Kabob - RP85
2nd: Saltgrass Steak Kabob - L0063
3rd: R Fair Fix Deep-Fried Cookie Dough - RCS Midway
Classic Fair Food
1st: Holmes Smokehouse Bacon Chili Cheeseburger - RP60
2nd: Biggies BBQ Big Daddy Corn Dog - RCS Midway
3rd: Saltgrass Pork-Stuffed Potato - L0063
Best Fried Food
1st: Custom Confections Fried Brownie Ball With Ice Cream - CD203
2nd: Aunt Edmoe's Fried Cookie Dough On A Stick - CD205
3rd: Berryhill Baja Grill Original Fish Taco - RP85
Most Creative Food
1st: Custom Confections "The Ultimate" - CD203
2nd: Taco Me Crazy Pulled Pork Mexican Bowl - KC603
3rd: Fried What Bacon-Wrapped Oreo - KC302
Best New Flavor
1st: Paradise Burgers “The Brookie” - RP90
2nd: Stills Funnel Cakes Fried S’mores - RP120
3rd: Taco Me Crazy Brisket Tacos - KC603
1st: Custom Confections “The Emma” - CD203
2nd: Fried A Fair Deep Fried Butter - RCS Midway
3rd: Granny’s Cheesecake & More Cheesecake with Strawberries and Caramel - L0255