ZEST: Slopeside Grill

Known as a popular après spot, Slopeside Grill specializes in pizza with more than a dozen homemade pies featuring such mountain-themed names like the ACL, Vagabond and White Out.

— There’s a reason Slopeside, located at the base of the mountain, has been voted best on-mountain après for four years running in Steamboat’s Best of the Boat contest.

Where else can you walk or bike up to live music, order beer or other summer drinks from a new outside, granite-countered bar, munch down a Mount Werner-sized plate of nachos and then relax in the sun to celebrate your day in Steamboat? Throw in chillin’ at the “beach,” the restaurant’s popular pint pass, homemade pizzas and crackling fire pits, and you won’t want to leave until well after the late-night happy hour which serves up $8 pizzas and $3 beers.

There’s plenty to do inside as well, where you can watch your favorite ballgame on nine regular and one jumbo 64-inch HD TV — all with every Direct TV sports package under the sun. Looking for a more conventional dining experience? Choose from a multitude of cozy booths and tables in the main dining area.

Wherever you sit, get ready for great-tasting food. For appetizers, try the Nacho Platter, Grilled Artichoke, Fried Ravioli or Cheese Fries. Hint: Add the pork green chili and bacon.

From the pizza oven, comes more than a dozen homemade pies featuring such mountain-themed names as the ACL with pepperoni and mushroom, the Vagabond with roaster garlic, olive oil, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, feta and mozzarella, the popular White Out with four cheeses and white garlic sauce and the Chutes pizza with Italian sausage, tomatoes, red onions and mushrooms.

For entrees, try the Rocky Mountain Ruby Red Trout or the Boca Shrimp which features tender Gulf shrimp sautéed in olive oil and garlic. The Grilled New York Strip is also a popular option with a 12-ounce cut, aged 21 days, hand-carved and grilled to your liking or the Baby Rack Ribs, with cowboy barbecue sauce.

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