How to navigate Steamboat’s extensive restaurant scene during a week of select menus at special prices, September 26th – October 8th, 2017.
Our guests are always looking for restaurant recommendations and the bottom line is this: one of the most fun things about living in Steamboat is having the rest of your life to try all the great food this town has to offer. Over the last few years, the culinary scene has become even more elevated, with more talented chefs putting out creative, sophisticated cuisine than we’ve ever seen before. Still, Steamboat will always maintain its casual, family-friendly atmosphere, and our love for burgers and BBQ.
Whether you’re a foodie who wants a true farm-to-table experience or parents with young children, Steamboat Restaurant Week is an opportunity to sample a little bit of everything. It all depends on what you’re in the mood for.
If you’re looking for…
The best place for a family dinner out (because who doesn’t like a nice, juicy steak?)
E3 gets its beef straight from the La Roche family-owned E3 Ranch in Fort Scott, Kansas and their Black Angus cattle are hormone, steroid and antibiotic-free. You’re not going to find any complicated fussy dishes here: beef is what’s for dinner on this refreshingly simple steakhouse menu. Some cool local trivia: country singer Luke Bryan is an owner in addition to professional baseball player brothers Jeff, Adam and Andy LaRoche. Adam and Luke are also good friends from filming their popular hunting show, “Buck Commander.” Yee-Haw!
Best place to dine outside:
You can’t beat the patio at Aurum. Located on the banks of the Yampa River, settle into one of the cozy couches around the fire pit for signature cocktails like the Cinnamon Pineapple Fizz or Winter Mule. Then dive into the kind of modern, creative cuisine you’re used to finding in big cities, but with Steamboat’s mountain town casual atmosphere. You’ll find elevated bar food like crispy duck wings and curry cauliflower alongside unique small plates like seared yellowtail served with toarashi, cucumber, seaweed and compressed watermelon and farm-to-table main courses like the crispy Korean Mountain View Farms pork chop.
The adult milkshake is kind of a dead giveaway that Johnny B. Good’s is a family-friendly joint. This 50s-style diner, located smack dab in the middle of downtown Steamboat, offers all the kid-friendly American style fare you could ever ask for, not to mention an excuse for Mom and Dad to rediscover their love for good ol’ burgers and fries. Your kids will love the groovy decor, too!
Best to forget about your diet for one night:
No one can resist the down home Southern Cooking at Low Country Kitchen. Owners Katy and Brian Vaughn are Southerners who wanted to bring a little piece of home to Steamboat, and what says south like shrimp and grits with fried okra? You can get all that and more at this hip and uber successful downtown eatery, which has been featured in The New York Times, The Denver Post, and Hemispheres, to name a few. Since opening in 2014, the restaurant has doubled in size and quadrupled in popularity. The message is clear: “Come on back now, you hear?”
There’s a reason Mambo Italiano was voted “Best of the Boat” by locals: it’s real-deal Italian and has something for everyone, from a wide variety of pastas and brick oven pizzas to the kinds of classic Italian dishes that keep you coming back for more (chili glazed octopus, anyone?). Creative pizza topping combos like fig and gorgonzola or peach and jalapeno chicken make it a fun place for Mom and Dad, but what kid doesn’t want some good old fashioned pasta (penne or spaghetti with your choice of butter or tomato sauce). Now that’s what we call family-style.