Eating well after a massage in Steamboat Springs, CO

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Treating yourself after a massage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is downright fun. Here is a list of our favorite restaurants from a Steamboat local’s perspective. Put this on your “Things To Do” list in Steamboat Springs.

Best overall restaurant in Steamboat Springs: Cafe Diva. If I had to pick one restaurant that is consistently the best in Steamboat, I’d have to give the nod to Cafe Diva. Inspired food, consistently great service and white tablecloth elegance is why it’s tops. Cafe Diva serves dinner only, and this is not a place you want to bring the kids. It’s a little expensive, but not unreasonable. It’s located on the mountain at 1855 Ski Time Square.

Best kickback restaurant: Sunpie’s on Yampa Street.  Casual, sometimes a bit rowdy, and the best New Orleans style food in town. Most tourists don’t know about this restaurant. It’s located at 735 Yampa Ave. In the summer, sit by the Yampa River and enjoy a Hurricane or some cold beer with a Po’boy sandwich while watching the tubers, kayakers and rafters go by. You’ll never want to leave. Very affordable. Bring the family or all your friends.

Best barbecue joint: Steamboat Smokehouse or Double Z Barbecue? While both are affordable and somewhat eclectic, if you ask a local ski bum, they’ll more than likely choose Double Z. Located at 1124 Yampa Street instead of Lincoln Avenue, the servings are huge and the atmosphere is laid back. It has limited seating, a great carry-out, and it’s prices are less than the Steamboat Smokehouse. The Steamboat Smokehouse does have all-you-can-eat peanuts that you throw on the flow, and some nice schooners of beers. They are located at 912 Lincoln Ave.

Best French Inspired Food: Harwigs.  This family owned business is currently on their second generation of chefs. This restaurant is located at 911 Lincoln Ave. and serves dinner that is always surprising. Don’t miss Thai Tuesdays or if you want a private party ask about the wine room for an exclusive celebration you won’t forget.

Best breakfast: Tie between Freshies and Creekside Cafe. Both of these restaurants are a bit off the beaten path. Freshies is located halfway between the mountain and downtown on Highway 40 (595 S. Lincoln Ave.),while Creekside is on 11th street between Lincoln Ave. and Oak Street. You can’t go wrong at either one of these, with large, inspired portions perfect for a day of hiking, biking or skiing.

Best Happy Hour: Mahogany Ridge or Mambo Italiano. Mahogany Ridge is a great micro-brewery located at 435 Lincoln Ave. and has $1 tapas and half-priced drinks from 4-6 pm. Mambo Italiano has half-priced pizzas and $1 beers during its happy hour at 521 Lincoln Ave.

There are so many things to do in Steamboat Springs. Hopefully this gives you one more option of hidden gem restaurants in Steamboat.