Issue: August 2013
Tags: Vail, The Secret Stash Pizzeria and Groove Emporium, The Pullman, Telluride, Steamboat Springs, salida, Ploughboy Inc., Mountain Standard, Longmont, Laundry, Glenwood Springs, Georgia Boys BBQ, foodie roadtrips 2013, Element 47, Crested Butte, Cosmopolitan Restaurant, Aspen
Moveable Feasts: Foodie Road Trips 2013
One empty stomach. One full tank of gas. Eight restaurants worth the drive. plus: 24 other reasons to take your appetite on the road.
ROUND-TRIP FROM DENVER: 312 MILES
127 11th St., Steamboat Springs 970-870-0681,
Sandals and stilettos find equal acceptance at this temple of elevated comfort food housed in a 103-year-old brick building—the original Steamboat Laundry Dry Cleaning & Pressing, according to faded lettering on the restaurant’s exterior. “This is a place where you can come in jeans and a T-shirt or you can get dressed up, but you’ll feel comfortable either way,” says owner Rex Brice, who opened Laundry, his sixth Steamboat restaurant, in 2012 on the northeast side of town. The affordable menu (items rarely top $20) is as wide-ranging as the dress code, and it changes with the seasons. Regulars watch as winter’s roasted beets give way to fresh greens with grilled apples come spring, and a Southern-inspired shrimp entree replaces the rich ricotta agnolotti tossed in a heavenly mixture of kale, sage, and brown butter. One dish we wish remained year-round: the Brussels sprouts hash, a lively blend of the roasted veggie, crisp onions, bacon bits, and creamy goat cheese that will leave you satisfied, refueled, and ready to lace up your hiking boots. —Daliah Singer
Sit: At the bar. The restaurant reserves the entire area for walk-ins, and the bartenders know the menu as well as the servers.
Eat: Crispy smoked pork belly with arugula, watermelon, red onion, and mint
Know: The bricks you’re surrounded by are the originals used to build the Steamboat Laundry, which occupied the space until 1977.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE
Stay Located right on the main strip of Lincoln Avenue, Hotel Bristol harks back to its 1948 heritage with Pendleton blankets, rotary telephones, and impeccable service. Hotel Bristol, 917 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs; 1-800-851-0872, steamboathotelbristol.com
Watch The rodeo is a regular visitor to Steamboat each summer. Pop open a can of beer and settle into the bleachers for steer wrestling and bull riding every Friday and Saturday through August 17.
Ride Rent an inner tube and hop into the Yampa River, the only free-flowing river (not obstructed by dams or diversions) in the state. Just be ready for some bumpy (Class II and III) rapids as you drift through town.