On family vacations I am the designated foodie. So it was not unusual when my mom asked me to do a little research for a trip to Steamboat Springs. I read some, talked to some and compiled a list of places to eat, which I sent it to my mom pre-arrival.
When we got to Steamboat my mom did the unthinkable. She went off my list and asked the concierge to make reservations for us. I tried to keep my cool, but I didn’t recognize the restaurant name and got worried (yes, I have anxieties about food which is ridiculous, I know). When we showed up to the mystery restaurant my sister was automatically sold, because it advertised live music on the outside alongside the restaurant name: The Sweetwater Grill. First impression as we walked in was typical all-American pub/brewery. Next, the hostess walked us back towards an open room that looked out onto a river. The windows were large and despite the night-time darkness we could see beyond the river: an Olympic training slope with a slalom course, ski jump and freestyle skiing and snowboarding jumps. Setting wise I could not complain – it was chicer than the bar at the entrance and I was quickly captivated by the people night racing outside.
This, however, did not calm my nerves about the menu. Once I opened it and saw a “gf” symbol next to half of the menu items I was relieved (I am gluten intolerant and usually eating out is a burden). As it turns out a majority of the menu was gluten free and/or had the option to be made gluten free. Now the fun began as I mulled over every item to see what I wanted to eat.
As a family we went for it with a four course meal. First we started with the flat bread pizza as an appetizer, next came the salads, followed by our entrees and a smore dessert. For the entrees we had two fish dishes, a Cajun special sea bass and a grilled corvina on a bed of banana leaves, and two vegetarian dishes, root hash and a fresh made pasta dish. There was definite variety and if you wanted to veer from the traditional pub food you could choose from a ginger tamari fried tofu with jasmine rice to a hefty surf to turf 8 oz flat iron steak stuffed with lobster claw to their acclaimed chicken and waffles. Everything we tried – which was a lot - tasted great, and the unique mountain town feel over looking an Olympic training ground started off our ski vacation with a bang. The Sweetwater Grill is definitely worth checking out on your next trip to Steamboat Springs! This new kid on the block is surely a fast growing favorite among locals and visitors.
- Laura Daly, Marketing Team