The best grade given by the USDA, represents the highest degree of marbling for tenderness and juiciness.
The upper 2 of 3 tiers of the USDA Choice grades with a marbling score of Modest 00 or higher, just slightly below USDA Prime.
Choice grade is a USDA standard of high quality beef, commonly tender with a juicy and flavorful taste. The most familiar quality grade by the USDA.
This grade is a leaner grade, slightly less marbling than the lowest tier of USDA Choice.