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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Two Chili Cookoffs Are Better Than One

Fish Friday @ Killen’s Barbecue
Friday, 11 a.m. till they sell out
3613 E Broadway

Every Friday during Lent, Chef Ronnie Killen’s is frying up battered catfish AND butterflied shrimp and serving them together with coleslaw, fries, hushpuppies, and house tartar and cocktail sauce. Get it all for $13.99.

7th Annual H-Town Chili Throwdown @ Onion Creek
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
3106 White Oak  

Get your chili on at this 7th annual throwdown, where the Creeks join local restaurants, distilleries and breweries for some of the best chili around. Guests can expect smack talk, live music, flowing beer, and tasty grub from teams including Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, Bar Boheme, and Eatsie Boys, to name a few. A $25 ticket gets you a throwdown T-shirt, chili, people’s choice vote, and swag bag. The event is known to sell out, so act fast. 

Chili Cook Off @ Ladybird’s
Saturday, noon
5519 Allen

Two chili cook offs means double the chance to stuff yer face with chili this weekend. This one, held at the lowkey and totally cool Ladybird’s bar, will run you $10 for a tasting bracelet. In addition to chili, there will also be music.

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Midtown Rodeo Roundup & Cookoff Crawl
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Pregame for Rodeo month with this bar crawl and cookoff hybrid. Your $25 ticket will get you samples from cookoff teams at each bar on the crawl, which include The Dogwood, 2403 Bagby; Midtown Drinkery, 2400 Bagby; and Pub Fiction, 2303 Smith. You’ll also have the opportunity to cast your vote and win prizes, enjoy food and drink specials at each pub, and get a commemorative leather koozie.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Harris County 4-H and Autism Society.

3rd Annual Oysterpalooza @ Drunken Monkeyz
Sunday, noon
202 20th, Galvelston

Head to the Strand for fire-grilled, smoked, and raw Gulf oysters at this island-style party. Live music and awesome oysters will be going all day. 

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