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The Essential Guide to Dining in Steamboat

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When in Steamboat, small plates and cocktails are a must at Laundry
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Heading into the mountains is second-nature to many city dwellers working and living in Denver — some might say it’s a weekend standard. Fortunately, there are mountain towns within just a few-hours drive that are worth the trek for scenery, sports, and eating.

Steamboat sits approximately three hours northwest of the Mile High with breathtaking mountain views, relaxing hot springs, endless outdoor activity, and a noteworthy dining scene. Here, 10 of the season’s essential spots for eating and drinking, from the classic haunts to the latest additions and even a roaming taco snowcat.

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Laundry

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The Laundry is both charming and rustic-chic with an intimate evening appeal for happy-hour drinkers and those in search of the ultimate night cap. Not only are the cocktails strong, but the small bites are worth ordering. Fun fact: The space was in fact Steamboat Laundry from 1910-1970.

Laundry is great for happy hour or a night cap
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Creekside Cafe & Grill

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Like any popular breakfast joint, Creekside usually has a wait, but it’s worth it. The space is small, cozy, and generally packed with a happy morning crowd. Early risers should grab a window seat and enjoy any of the 13 eggs Benedict that the menu offers.

California eggs benedict with avocado, tomatoes, sprouts and mixed greens.
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Low Country Kitchen

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The fried chicken at Low is some of the best in Denver and Steamboat, though the cocktails and happy hour prices are just as nice. Here, a warm and rustic interior along with comforting Southern fare is just the right recipe to make any long day seem quite worth it. Note: This restaurant recently moved from its longtime Steamboat home to the site of the former Cloverdale restaurant, which closed last fall.

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Back Door Grill

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Back Door is the place for a burger and a cold brew to go with it. It’s known for cranking out crave-worthy American plates such as the G6 burger with queso, jalapeños, pepper jack, and an onion ring.

Juicy double cheese burger and crispy potato fries.
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The BARley

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Just below street-level sits Barley, a craft brew oasis. Thirty taps rotate regularly, and the ambience is that of the local watering hole where board games are played between pint glasses.

The lower level bar is a craft brew lover’s delight.
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Salt & Lime

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It’s not a trip to Steamboat without a quick pit-stop at Salt & Lime. Pitchers of margaritas set the stage for flavor-packed tacos served on rustic boards, such as al pastor with salsa verde and piña fresca, drizzled with a lime crema.

Tacos al pastor is made with grilled pork adobada, salsa verde, piña fresca and lime crema.
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Table 79 Foodbar

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Crispy portobello fries made with truffle oil, red chile flakes, and grana padano are the way nights in Steamboat should start. The rustic charm and dimly lit interior at Table 79 make for a memorable dining experience over offerings of elevated and unique comfort food.

The dining room is just intimate enough for date night and just roomy enough for large groups.
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Taco Beast

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This taco-making snowcat serves lunch Thursdays through Mondays throughout the season at the base of the Sunshine ski lift. While weather permits, find beef barbacoa, elk chorizo, pollo asado, and butternut squash tacos ($5 each) plus a salsa bar and street corn.

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Timber & Torch

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The newest restaurant to try in Gondola Square, Timber & Torch replaced Bear River this ski season, serving all-day food and drinks across two indoor-outdoor bars and a heated patio until midnight. There’s smoked trout avocado toast for breakfast, togarashi fries alongside après ski drinks, and fish and chips (pictured) for dinner.

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T Bar At Steamboat

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Après-ski is a must in the mountains. At this Steamboat staple, the beer flows endlessly, and the food menu far exceeds expectations (see Argentine steak empanadas with cilantro chimichurri and creme fraîche). The mountain views also are unbeatable.

Sip a beer and enjoy the view
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Laundry

Laundry is great for happy hour or a night cap
The Laundry/Facebook

The Laundry is both charming and rustic-chic with an intimate evening appeal for happy-hour drinkers and those in search of the ultimate night cap. Not only are the cocktails strong, but the small bites are worth ordering. Fun fact: The space was in fact Steamboat Laundry from 1910-1970.

Laundry is great for happy hour or a night cap
The Laundry/Facebook

Creekside Cafe & Grill

California eggs benedict with avocado, tomatoes, sprouts and mixed greens.
Creekside Cafe/Facebook

Like any popular breakfast joint, Creekside usually has a wait, but it’s worth it. The space is small, cozy, and generally packed with a happy morning crowd. Early risers should grab a window seat and enjoy any of the 13 eggs Benedict that the menu offers.

California eggs benedict with avocado, tomatoes, sprouts and mixed greens.
Creekside Cafe/Facebook

Low Country Kitchen

Lucy Beaugard/Eater

The fried chicken at Low is some of the best in Denver and Steamboat, though the cocktails and happy hour prices are just as nice. Here, a warm and rustic interior along with comforting Southern fare is just the right recipe to make any long day seem quite worth it. Note: This restaurant recently moved from its longtime Steamboat home to the site of the former Cloverdale restaurant, which closed last fall.

Lucy Beaugard/Eater

Back Door Grill

Juicy double cheese burger and crispy potato fries.
Back Door Grill/Facebook

Back Door is the place for a burger and a cold brew to go with it. It’s known for cranking out crave-worthy American plates such as the G6 burger with queso, jalapeños, pepper jack, and an onion ring.

Juicy double cheese burger and crispy potato fries.
Back Door Grill/Facebook

The BARley

The lower level bar is a craft brew lover’s delight.
The BARley Colorado Craft & Draft/Facebook

Just below street-level sits Barley, a craft brew oasis. Thirty taps rotate regularly, and the ambience is that of the local watering hole where board games are played between pint glasses.

The lower level bar is a craft brew lover’s delight.
The BARley Colorado Craft & Draft/Facebook

Salt & Lime

Tacos al pastor is made with grilled pork adobada, salsa verde, piña fresca and lime crema.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

It’s not a trip to Steamboat without a quick pit-stop at Salt & Lime. Pitchers of margaritas set the stage for flavor-packed tacos served on rustic boards, such as al pastor with salsa verde and piña fresca, drizzled with a lime crema.

Tacos al pastor is made with grilled pork adobada, salsa verde, piña fresca and lime crema.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

Table 79 Foodbar

The dining room is just intimate enough for date night and just roomy enough for large groups.
Table 79 Foodbar/Facebook

Crispy portobello fries made with truffle oil, red chile flakes, and grana padano are the way nights in Steamboat should start. The rustic charm and dimly lit interior at Table 79 make for a memorable dining experience over offerings of elevated and unique comfort food.

The dining room is just intimate enough for date night and just roomy enough for large groups.
Table 79 Foodbar/Facebook

Taco Beast

Steamboat [official]

This taco-making snowcat serves lunch Thursdays through Mondays throughout the season at the base of the Sunshine ski lift. While weather permits, find beef barbacoa, elk chorizo, pollo asado, and butternut squash tacos ($5 each) plus a salsa bar and street corn.

Steamboat [official]

Timber & Torch

Timber & Torch [official]

The newest restaurant to try in Gondola Square, Timber & Torch replaced Bear River this ski season, serving all-day food and drinks across two indoor-outdoor bars and a heated patio until midnight. There’s smoked trout avocado toast for breakfast, togarashi fries alongside après ski drinks, and fish and chips (pictured) for dinner.

Timber & Torch [official]

T Bar At Steamboat

Sip a beer and enjoy the view
T Bar at Steamboat/Facebook

Après-ski is a must in the mountains. At this Steamboat staple, the beer flows endlessly, and the food menu far exceeds expectations (see Argentine steak empanadas with cilantro chimichurri and creme fraîche). The mountain views also are unbeatable.

Sip a beer and enjoy the view
T Bar at Steamboat/Facebook

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