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A fresh start to the day

Always upbeat and positive, the staff at Freshies.
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— After waking on Sunday my little family threw caution to the wind. We hopped on our bikes and headed toward town for a mid-morning breakfast. Knowing full well Steamboat was bulging with an estimated 14,000 visitors we decided to take our chances stopping at Freshies.

Undeterred by the large crowd milling around the patio anticipating their own long awaited tables, we put our name down and joined the masses. Growing up in a family run Hotel I seem constantly drawn to observing the goings on at places where we choose to eat or stay. This weekend I was so inspired by the upbeat nature of Scott and Kristy’s Fox’s motivated team I decided to call them and find out what it was like behind the scenes at one of our town’s most popular eateries during peak season.

Based on Friday to Sunday during last weekend’s soccer tournament:



Number of happy bellies filled?

2000 – They averaged 700 a day. (Their record was close to 1000 in one day this summer after providing eats for a sponsored Big Head Todd catering tent in the evening.)



Gallons of coffee consumed?

40 to 50 – let’s hear it for the caffeine buzz….

Number of Eggs cracked?

A whopping 90 dozen

Loaves of bread?

About 40 of their finest in-town baked loaves. (Sorry gluten but allergies are pushing your numbers down).

Favorite menu items?

Heuvos Rancheros for breakfast and Dynamic Duo for lunch (perfect option for the undecided among us, soup, salad or sandwich option). To quench the thirst the winner was a Jasper (that’s an Arnold Palmer if you’re not from these parts).

Strangest request?

Perpetually navigating the food allergy fads, Freshies happy team are prepared for the unexpected. Perhaps this weekend’s favorite is a side of bacon with the egg white cholesterol option.

What happens when the door closes for another day?

This tight knit Steamboat loving team heads for the hills by foot or bike, soaks their aching limbs tubing the Yampa or lets their in-house yoga instructor bend and twist them ready for the next day.

Freshies prides itself on consistency. High or low season, local or native take my wise 98 year old Papa’s advice: a busy place is a good place, especially where townsfolk eat with visitors, so get in line because you can be sure it’ll be worth it. From one grateful local family we say thanks to our endearing server Margot, your multi-tasking abilities were inspiring!


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