Steamboat Springs might be a small town indeed, famous for its champagne snow enjoyed by the thousands of skiers that flock here every winter season and in a smaller scale during the summer months when downhill mountain biking and hot air ballooning are the things to do. So while it may be a destination for the action sports and outdoor enthusiasts those who want to treat themselves to good food have a few options to choose from. These are my top three picks.
High Budget: Cafe Diva
Overlooking the main ski slopes Cafe Diva offers gourmet food for those who not only want to eat, but want to enjoy the food and maybe something out of the ordinary. Many label this restaurant as the best in town, so I recommend you make a reservation during typical dining times to ensure you get your space. All the food is excellent, but for something not often found yet delicious try bison Carpaccio.
Mid Budget: Sweetwater Grill
Sweetwatr Grill makes up for a great family restaurant, both in winter and summer. Tastefully set along the Yampa river you’ll get to enjoy fantastic family meals while the flowing stream decorates your background. Any grilled fish will be a good pick, but even the spaghetti with meatballs will be a good choice for those who have a craving for pasta.
Low Budget: Double Z Bar & Grill
Perhaps not as conveniently located this is the restaurant and bar where locals hang out at any time of the day. It’s mountain-like cottage décor will set you in the right mood while you chat away with the friendly locals who’ll most likely befriend you. What should you eat? Burgers, chicken wings, salads… it’s all simple food, but with great flavor and even better company, and your budget will be safe.
Cafe Diva website www.cafediva.com
Sweetwater Grill website www.TheSweetwaterGrill.com
Double Z website www.doublezbbq.com
I was a guest of Steamboat Tourism during my visit to these and other restaurants, and while the meals were comp’d the restaurants and meals were as good as I say.