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{Nutrition at MusicFest – Part 3} Steamboat Dining Guide

Next stop, Steamboat Springs, Colorado! With 15 days left until The MusicFest I am already in planning mode, and truth-be-told sheer excitement. Since I no longer get to reside in Texas, The MusicFest is like a summer in New Braunfels rolled into 1 week.  Of course, floating the river gets replaced with skiing the slopes. Plus, I get to hang around rowdy Texans all week who have an opinion and aren’t always trying to play the Politically Correct Monopoly Game. Ahh, sheer Bliss!

Anyone else a planner?  Don’t worry, I won’t go crazy and provide schedules and colored charts (although they are so pretty), but I can cast a light on some food finds around Steamboat Springs.  And for those who put out a twitter request for some self pampering, I have some tips for you, as well!  First thing first, did you realize that Steamboat Springs has a downtown?  There are restaurants slope-side (where MusicFest condos are located) or in town (about 10 minute drive).  To be honest, the restaurants in town are where you will find the best bites, but there are some great slope-side selections, too.  For those who fear driving in the snow there is a free shuttle bus that takes you off the mountain and into downtown (Lincoln Avenue is main street). The Chamber of Commerce has put together an interactive dining guide online that is complete with menus (http://www.steamboat-dining.com/).  Quick suggestion, don’t wait until you get there to look, because the internet service can be a unreliable  at some of the condos.

Steamboat Foodie Selections (Texas-sized “thank you”  to my foodie friends in Steamboat who dished their favorites):

For a complete map of the restaurants: http://bit.ly/sb_guide
* Denotes Slope-Side Restaurants

Fancy Restaurants:

Mexican:

Fruits & Nuts Food:

Sammies:

Breaking the Fast:

Breakfast & Lunch:

Sweet Tooth:

Happy Hours:

Microbrews:

Sushi:

If you are looking for local flare then you may want to focus on these regional food and beverage picks:

  • Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese
  • Colorado Lamb
  • Telluride Vodka (although, can it really compare to Tito’s? The owner is actually a banjo player! Perhaps worthy a taste or two.  Is it me, or do websites dictate where we go and what we eat/drink? If so, go Titos!)
  • New Belgium’s Fat Tire, Sunshine Wheat, & their Frambozen (Raspberry Ale)
  • Mahogany Ridge Alpenglow Ale

If you are in need of some personal pampering after falling…I mean shredding the mountain on your board or skis check out these local massage therapists:

Alright, enough of my planning! Craving different restaurants or seeking other services?  Be sure to check out Yelp! And if you are lucky enough to be dragging along a person who enjoys to throw down in the kitchen stay tuned for next week’s post, complete with a menu meant just for The MusicFest!

Do you have a favorite dish you prepare every year? Care to share???

Happy Planning~

The Roadie Nutritionist™

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