Butcher Shop – Ski Times Square
Fine food, top-notch service and an atmosphere reminiscent of the early days in Steamboat Springs can still be found in Ski Town USA simply by stepping through the doors of the Butcher Shop restaurant.
The family-owned restaurant, which is nestled in a unique location near the slopes of Mount Werner in Ski Time Square, provides the perfect fine dining experience after a day of skiing or enjoying one of Steamboat’s other amenities.
A warm fireplace and a collection of unique artifacts from over the years gives the interior a one-of-a-kind feel that welcomes both visitors and residents. The Butcher Shop’s philosophy of providing the best quality food in a friendly and inviting atmosphere keeps diners coming back year after year.
“It’s relaxed and casual here,” owner Bill Gardner said. “We started in the era that has long since passed us by.”
The menu is a delightful blend of dishes that have proven themselves over the years. The things that worked have been fine-tuned and those that didn’t faded away along with long, straight skis and boots with laces.
Some samples from the menu include a selection of top choice Black Angus steaks, the best cuts of prime rib and fresh Rocky Mountain trout. The Gardner family has always strived to make sure the menu reflects the region’s Western lifestyle.
The time, and effort spent searching the region to find the highest quality for the restaurant’s customers has paid off with a menu that entices diners with items that define elegant dining.
The menu includes steaks direct from Nebraska, and trout from the waters of Utah. There is also an accent of wild game that will delight the taste buds of the most discriminating diners.
Among the unique selections at the Butcher Shop is the Buffalo sirloin steak direct from the King Canyon Ranch in Chadron, Neb.
The Gardner’s handpicked the third-generation ranch because it provides some of the best buffalo steaks anywhere in the country. The meat has a unique taste that the staff of the Butcher Shop is excited to share with patrons. The Butcher Shop also offers elk medallions served in a crÃme cassis sauce that gives a sweet taste to the elk. And don’t be surprised if caribou is added to the list of nightly specials from time to time; the staff has been fine-tuning the recipe the past few winters.
The Butcher Shop’s roasted Black Angus prime rib comes in a 7-ounce light cut, the 12-ounce medium cut and the 16-ounce large cut.
While customers are going to enjoy the selection of meats available at the Butcher Shop, the Gardner family is also very proud of several inviting items on the restaurant’s menu.
Customers are encouraged to try the smoked trout, a real treat and a great alternative to the beef plates. Customers also can choose from a wide variety of other seafood items including shrimp, and Alaskan king crab legs.
Nightly specials such as crab cake, lamb sirloin and duck also are popular. The restaurant prints an extra page of specials each night in an effort to offer visitors a variety of options.
All of the dinners include an unlimited salad bar, fresh-baked honey wheat bread and a choice of garlic mashed potatoes, green beans or a loaded baked potato.
The Butcher Shop has a broad wine list including wines suitable to accompany any dinner. The list includes wines from Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction and a nice blend from Steamboat Springs cellars.
But the strength of the Butcher Shop is the experience of its longtime employees and the consistency they bring to the dining experience.
The hardworking staff includes many long-term employees that have been loyal to the restaurant for many years.
In the peak season the Butcher Shop employs 32 staff members that follow a simple philosophy of providing top-qualify service in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Many of the staff members have worked at the Butcher Shop for more than three years and, the kitchen staff includes several employees that have been there for more than 15 years. It’s the type of loyalty that gives the Butcher Shop a consistency that visitors have come to expect.
Don’t be surprised if a member of the Gardner family is serving you. Over the years, Gardner has worked just about every job in the establishment, but said he always enjoys the chance to serve his customers first hand.
“I’ve been in the hospitality business my entire adult life,” Gardner said.
In that time, Gardner said, he has come to realize that his restaurant is only as good as the people he has working for him. He said the Butcher Shop has a long-running tradition of hiring good people.
Gardner and his wife, Rita, own and operate the Butcher Shop along with their son, Dan, and daughter, Susan.
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