The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Honor Texas With BBQ, Steak & Beer

Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2603 La Branch

When lunch time rolls around, we're hungry, and we expect you are, too. Cure those hunger pains with something comforting and something that simply hits the spot. The Golden Grill will be pulling up to our office today at 11 a.m. to serve you an incredible grilled cheese sandwich. Keep it simple with the Classic (bacon and cheddar) or choose a more adventurous grilled cheese, such as the BBQ Pork complete with Monterrey Jack cheese, pickles, caramelized onions and, of course, pulled pork. Add a cup of baked potato soup or end on a sweet note with the S'more (Nutella, marshmallow and graham cracker crumble stuffed between two slices of Challah bread). You're hungry, right? We'll see you at 11.

Boot Scootin' Steak Nights @ MKT Bar Friday, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. 1001 Austin

In honor of the Houston Rodeo and Go Texan Day, MKT Bar is showing some Houston pride by offering a GO TEXAN menu all evening during Boot Scootin' Steak Nights. Enjoy special flights of Texas beer and wine, BBQ ribs and sweet potato salad, MKT Frito pie with Haig's chili, or a Cowboy Cut T-Bone steak or ribeye with charro beans and cole slaw. Save room for dessert because the MKT Bar bakery has created special super-sweet warm filo satchels filled with a peanut butter-and-jelly brownie. And it gets better. The filo satchels are topped with a bourbon cream anglaise. Enjoy live music from Lucas Eason and The Panhandlers from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., and the Second Lovers from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest @ Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Friday, 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. 1 Reliant Park

It's one of the best events at the Houston Rodeo, and it costs only $15 per adult ticket and $5 for children ages 3-12. Spend a few hours at the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest as nearly 300 teams prepare their best barbecue, on Friday and Saturday. While you can't enter competition tents without a special ticket, you can walk over to The Chuck Wagon and receive your complimentary chopped barbecue beef sandwich plate. Get your two-step on and enjoy live music from various musicians in The Garden as well.

Texas National Fest @ The League of Extraordinary Brewers Saturday, 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. 907 Franklin, Ste. 150

Texas Independence Day is on Sunday, March 2, but that doesn't mean you can't get the party started early. Head to The League of Extraordinary Brewers on Saturday for a night dedicated to Texas brews. Texas National Brewery will take over the taps and serve its beers, including the Vlad Particle Russian Imperial Stout and War Pig Bacon Oatmeal Imperial Brown Ale. Other Texas breweries will be in attendance as well, including Fort Bend Brewing Company and Brews Brothers.

Mardi Gras Party @ El Big Bad Saturday, 11 a.m - 2 a.m. 419 Travis St.

On Saturday, El Big Bad will host its Mardi Gras Party in conjunction with the 1st Annual Mardi Gras Jamboree and Gumbo Showdown at Market Square Park, which lasts from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Hit up El Gran Malo before, during and after the event if you want to go to both. Chef Ben Rabbani will serve various Cajun dishes, such as classic fried shrimp Po' Boys, gumbo, and, of course, a multitude of Mardi Gras drinks. Sip on a frozen Hemingway Daiquiri made with tequila, lime and grapefruit juices, Luxardo Maraschino and agave nectar, or a classic Hurricane, made with tequila, lemon juice and passion fruit nectar. Throw on some beads and enjoy yourself -- it's Mardi Gras!

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