The 2011 Gold Buckle Foodie Awards at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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Now in its third year, the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards are the reason that certain food booths in the Rodeo's midway proudly display little wooden plaques and ribbons that proclaim their food as some of the best in town - even if "best" also means "fattiest," "strangest" or "most likely to kill you." PHOTOS BY KATHARINE SHILCUTT