Steamboat Springs, CO: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill

Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill 435 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO (970) 879-3773 Look, the term “brewery” inevitably evokes images of bad soup, fish & chips, chicken wings, and broccoli/parmesan dip in a boule.  Most brewpubs are like that:  overpriced, unimaginative food of mediocre quality. This ain’t that place. This place takes “brewery and grill”Continue reading “Steamboat Springs, CO: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill”

Los Nortenos (Bryan, TX) – Warm Salsa w/Chips

A tribute to one of the great Tex-Mex eateries.  For an obscure reference to Patsy’s legendary cafe in downtown Bryan, listen to Lyle Lovett’s (Class of ’84) “This Old Porch.”  And then listen to the rest of the album, too. —– OK, it works something like this.  Start a 3-qt saucepan over low heat.  WhenContinue reading “Los Nortenos (Bryan, TX) – Warm Salsa w/Chips”

Scouting Report: Jackson Hole, WY

OK, lots to do this time.  In rapid-fire succession: —– Look, the town is not Jackson Hole.  The town is Jackson.  The topographic feature is Jackson Hole, and the ski area is Jackson Hole Ski Resort.  But the town itself – all 8,500 residents – is Jackson.  And it’s easy to love. —– The WortContinue reading “Scouting Report: Jackson Hole, WY”

Breakfast Tacos in Aggieland

Garpez, in the Shell station at Harvey Rd. and the Highway 6 bypass, College Station, TX  77840; open from 7am to 2pm only. (They have a new location on Wellborn Rd., just north of Stotzer Parkway and Cafe Eccell, which is open from 10am-10pm.  qb didn’t try it.) The reviews over at Urbanspoon and YelpContinue reading “Breakfast Tacos in Aggieland”

Spectacular Italian in Steamboat Springs, CO

Mazzola’s Italian Diner 917 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 (in, or rather under, the Hotel Bristol) http://www.mazzolas.com/index2.php Dinner:  5pm – close. —– The concierge at the Sheraton assured us that Mazzola’s would be open on Christmas.  Given the celestial reviews, we got down there early to ensure they had a table for 10. Closed.Continue reading “Spectacular Italian in Steamboat Springs, CO”

Old Town Pub & Restaurant, Steamboat Springs, CO

600 South Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Spgs, CO http://oldtownpub.jimdo.com/ This place gets 4.5 stars in the Google Maps reviews, as qb found out after the fact.  And it should have been that good, it really should.  This place is quintessential Colorado, an old hotel with a dance floor, a century-old bar, oval windows, and steep, woodenContinue reading “Old Town Pub & Restaurant, Steamboat Springs, CO”

DDP Alert: Steamboat Springs, CO

Diet Dr. Pepper on draft is scarce up in these parts, so a Texan goes into every restaurant and cafe resigned to fate. What’s glorious about that is that it sets us up for a marvelous serendipity, which qb discovered at 0700 MST:  the bagel shop in Central Park Square has DDP on draft, self-serve.Continue reading “DDP Alert: Steamboat Springs, CO”

La Cantina: Tex-Mex in Steamboat

La Cantina, 818 Lincoln St., Steamboat Springs, CO The proper antidote for an Arctic blast (-1F at 9pm tonite) is, naturally, Tex-Mex or New Mexican food.  The latter is hard to come by outside the blessed confines of the Land of Enchantment, and one might be forgiven for doubting the availability of decent Tex-Mex inContinue reading “La Cantina: Tex-Mex in Steamboat”

Los Nortenos, Bryan, TX

Last week whilst in College Station for some meetings, qb hustled over to downtown Bryan to check in with the good folks at Los Nortenos.  The “Brent Averman Special” (see previous post) costs $7.99 now instead of the $1.92 that qb paid when it was a la carte, but the plate is bigger, it stillContinue reading “Los Nortenos, Bryan, TX”