There are three things you should know about Houstonia's annual Gumbo Smackdown: One, it's a blast. Two, this will be its fourth year and our largest Smackdown to date. Three, it has sold out ahead of time every single year (that's our third annual Smackdown in the slideshow above) and will probably do the same this year.

That said, taking advantage of the early-bird pricing on our fourth annual Gumbo Smackdown seems like the smart thing to do. You can snag tickets to the event, which takes place on Saturday, February 11 at Sugar Land Town Square, for only $35—but you have to purchase them by tomorrow. As of December 30, prices go up to $40 per ticket.

So what does that ticket price get you? Unlimited food and drink from noon to 4 p.m., including, of course, all the gumbo you can eat from over a dozen of the city's best restaurants. So far, that list includes Beaver's, Bernie's Burger Bus, The Burger Joint, Fish City Grill, Floyd's Cajun Seafood, Main Kitchen, Peli Peli and Sugar Land Town Square's very own The Rouxpour, defending its home turf.

As you eat your way through the competition, you'll also be asked to vote for your favorite gumbo. The winner will be announced later in the afternoon, so stick around—though we're sure the free-flowing Jack Daniels cocktails will help you stay put. 

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The Rouxpour

$$ Cajun, Seafood Multiple Locations

For the oysters Madeleine at the Rouxpour, the mollusks are fresh-shucked, then chargrilled in the shell and topped with creamed spinach, aged Asiago cheese ...

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Peli Peli

$$$ African, South African Multiple Locations

It’s tough to tell which is the biggest draw at the popular Peli Peli: the striking dining room anchored by a two-story “tree” that shifts colors throughout ...

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Main Kitchen

$$$ American/New American 806 Main St.

It may be convenience that’s luring be-suited downtowners the first time (a tunnel entrance helps tremendously) but they’re coming back for Main Kitchen's pl...

Floyd's Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse

$ Cajun, Seafood, Steak Multiple Locations

Laissez les bon temps rouler with a taste of Louisiana on our side of the Gulf. As the name suggests, Floyd's specializes in aged steaks as well as courtboui...

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The Burger Joint

$$ American/New American, Hamburgers 2703 Montrose Blvd.

Though Matt Pak’s food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar-spot is all deck, powerful fans and umbrellas help keep things chill in warmer temps. In addition to scr...

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Bernie's Burger Bus

$ American/New American Multiple Locations

Our top pick from the former food truck’s menu is still The Principal, a classic cheeseburger with Bernie’s signature garlic-roasted tomatoes. Of the new ite...

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Beaver’s

$$ American/New American, Barbecue 6025 Westheimer Road

Beaver’s, the gastro-icehouse on Decatur Street off Washington Avenue where barman Bobby Heugel and chef Jonathan Jones jumpstarted their careers, was founde...