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ZEST: Harwigs

Delicious food and fine wine make Harwigs the perfect package for experiencing downtown Steamboat.
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— With a menu changing at least once per month to reflect seasonal flavors and local agriculture, family-owned Harwigs has served the Steamboat community for nearly 40 years. The innovative cuisine, exceptional service and welcoming atmosphere have earned the restaurant national recognition from numerous critics, including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Bon Appétit.

Located in the historic, 130-year-old “Harwigs Building,” at 911 Lincoln Ave., the restaurant occupies one of the city’s oldest structures and houses Steamboat’s only wine cellar. Hovering just above 800 selections, Harwigs has placed on Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” every year since 1986.

The impressive list can be navigated with the expert advice of engaged sommeliers to ensure you’ll find the perfect bottle to compliment your meal. The beautiful dining room is augmented by a bustling bar with an outstanding happy-hour and three private dining rooms for intimate dining or larger parties.

Having grown up in the very same kitchen in which he spends his time today, Chef JJ has developed a unique style rich with tradition and technique garnished with modern flair and creativity. The results are such favorites as Duck Confit with charged pumpkin and smoked huckleberry maple, deconstructed Bouillabaise with lobster torchon, grilled octopus and jalapeno fennel preserves and Coq Au Vin with 72-hour braised pork belly and burgundy shallot reduction.

​“We pay homage to the classics because they are part of who we are, but we’re also constantly evolving our menu,” said JJ, crediting Harwigs’ longevity to innovation and passion in the kitchen. “As we mature, we’re trying to push the envelope by updating our style, yet still keeping the focus on local farms and ranches to stay connected to the seasons.”

Delicious food and fine wine make Harwigs the perfect package for experiencing downtown Steamboat.

ZEST is a sponsored feature in Explore Steamboat magazine. The magazine publishes in the Summer and Winter each year. Advertisers can purchase a one or two-page spread in the ZEST section of the magazine. The purchase includes a photo shoot, a write up and then the layout of their pages. As an added benefit, each story is published in one edition of the Friday Explore section in the Steamboat Today during the same season and also online.

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