Winter is finally here. Snow is finally here. That means people are hitting I-70 in earnest for skiing and just generally enjoying the holidays in the Rockies. Traffic gets all snarly though and the last thing you want to be is hangry when you’re stuck in slow traffic. Here are some suggestions for places to refuel going to or returning from the mountains, along the I-70 corridor.
Steuben’s Arvada makes for a convenient stop for dining-in or ordering to-go on your way to the slopes, located just minutes from the intersection of I-70 and I-76. Stop in to enjoy southern-inspired classics like the award-winning fried chicken, the famed mac ’n cheese or the Friday fish & chips special. If you’re on the go, there’s the Dinner for Four deal with 12 deviled eggs or Brussels sprouts, salad, 8 pieces of fried, herb-roasted, or Nashville hot chicken, sides, and even a pint of homemade ice cream or 4 cupcakes for dessert for $55.
In the Mountains:
Silver Plume’s Bread Bar opened in the former Dram Apothecary space in the historic mining town this past summer. Unbelievably charming, take a break from traffic and enjoy a classic cocktail.
Back in Town at Union Station:
Here’s a really smart idea! Avoid the traffic completely and start and end your time in the hills at Denver’s Union Station where you can hop aboard the Winter Park Express Ski Train (or Front Range Ski Bus) to Loveland Ski Area and Copper Mountain Resort. Adjacent to Union Station is Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Their $5 Happy Hour features craft drafts, signature cocktails, fries and seasonal special burgers each for $5. We like the sounds of the all-natural, handmade burger, the seasonal Roast Beast Burger, prepared with all the classics of Christmas dinner: green beans, smoky sweet yam casserole, and “Who Hash” on an Akaushi Kobe beef patty smothered in steak sauce. Wash it down with a local draft or canned beer.