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The HOUSTON Steak Championship

Returning October 2024


Over 20 of the best steakhouses and chefs competing for your vote!

Unlimited steak, creative cocktails, live music and more!!

It’s a culinary extravaganza like no other!

At the POST Houston entertainment venue

the Experience

Who doesn’t love a thick, tender slice of Grade A prime beef?

A steak town at its roots, Houston welcomes RARE – a festival centered around the juicy cuts of the Wild West. For one evening, the best restaurants in the city will come together and dish up their highest-quality steak bites paired perfectly with steak-worthy cocktails.

RARE will serve as a one-of-a-kind competition among Houston’s finest steakhouses. Pitted head-to-head, 20+ of the region’s most acclaimed steak purveyors will put their grilling expertise to the test as they vie for the title of Top Steak.

You can help decide which steak reigns supreme, as competitors aim to garner the most votes from a panel of professional judges and our festival attendees.

Chefs can try to win the hearts of the city’s steak lovers with a tried-and-true classic in the “Traditional Steak” category, or throw caution to the wind and get inventive in the “Creative Steak” category. All restaurants will enter a signature cocktail to complement their plates to up the ante – because what’s a great steak without something delicious to wash it down?

From the team that brings you TOP TACO, Chicken Fight!, and RARE, Houston will be yet another culinary experience that features food, drink, and fun in one location for an evening sure to ignite all of your senses. Calling carnivores from across the state, get ready to sink your teeth into the juiciest evening of 2024 at Houston’s own steak championships.

Grand Tasting

$ 155
  • 6:00 PM ENTRY
  • Unlimited Steak Samples
  • Wine and Cocktail Samples
  • Live Entertainment
  • People's Choice Vote


$ 300
  • 5:30 PM ENTRY
  • Unlimited Steak Samples
  • The RARE VIP Experience
  • Elevated Wines and Cocktails
  • People's Choice & VIP Vote
  • VIP Lounge Areas
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Participating Restaurants

Participating Restaurants

Get Ready! Over 20+ restaurants will be at RARE this year.

Join RARE 2023 and be a part of Denver’s premier steak competition! Showcase your steak expertise and compete against the best in the city. Enter the “Traditional Steak” or “Creative Steak” categories and pair your dish with a signature cocktail for our beverage competition.

Proceeds will benefit The Colorado Restaurant Foundation and all steak cuts are sponsored by Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef, ensuring high-quality, all-natural humanely raised beef for the competition.

Don’t miss the chance to make a lasting impression and be recognized as one of Denver’s finest steakhouses. Apply now and be a part of RARE 2023!

Get Ready, Rare Starts in . . .



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the industry’s largest and most reputable meat and seafood provider

Buckhead Houston is the state’s premier specialty meat and seafood processor. The company operates out of a 140,000 ft sq state-of-the-art production and distribution facility in Houston, TX. 

Buckhead Houston today is a reflection of the combining of two best-in-class companies: Louisiana Foods, founded in 1978 and Freedman Meats, founded in 1991. Both companies had strong reputations in the market for the highest quality meat and seafood available. The strength of these companies led to Sysco’s acquisition and the ultimate combination in 2016 into the business we know today. 

Dependable quality, selection, and freshness

Backed by rigorous quality and safety specifications our Buckhead Pride and Newport Pride brands are sourced, aged, hand-trimmed and delivered daily.

  • Finest available products, carefully crafted to our customers’ expectations by a team of experienced & highly-skilled artisan meat cutters
  • All cuts are wet-aged for 21–35 days to enhance tenderness and flavor
  • Award Winning Dry Aging process available upon request
  • Certified SQF Level 3 of MSC and SQF Products recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative
  • Good Manufacturing Program
  • Humanely Raised & Sustainable