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Best of the Boat

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2013 Best of the Boat winners announced as Steamboat Living magazine hits newsstands

On Monday evening, winners in 116 survey categories gathered at The Steamboat Grand to find out if they were voted Best of the Boat by community members and visitors. Results from the survey are published in the new issue of Steamboat Living magazine.

Best of the Boat goes big

4,259 surveys, 134,280 questions answered

While this year’s list was culled to 116 categories, it still included the favorites, from where to eat and shop to the Best Radio Station and Best Place to Work Out. Our popular Community section also continued to prove a big hit, highlighting everyone from best ski patroller and artist to volunteer and drummer.

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Best of Everything: An inside look at the best Steamboat has to offer

Sure, you all had your chance to vote for Steamboat’s best. Now it’s our turn to call out a few Steamboat highlights, some from the past year and others that are a daily part of living in Ski Town USA. Behold our first best of compilation showcasing what makes living in Steamboat so special.

Best of the Boat: Complete dining results

The best of Steamboat's restaurants and bars.

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Best of the Boat: Best Burrito – Azteca Taqueria

Only those in the know order fish burritos there “the good way” with cilantro rice, black beans, chipotle sauce, cheese, lettuce, sour cream and — a favorite of co-owner Jonas Gabriel — picante salsa with tomato and corn.

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Best of the Boat: Best Bakery — Milk Run Donut Cafe

The downtown donut shop tops the list for Best Bakery this year after earning runner-up accolades in 2012.

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Best of the Boat: Best Bar — Carl's Tavern

While Norwegian ski jumper Carl Howelsen received recognition at this year’s 100th Winter Carnival, his namesake tavern on Yampa and Seventh streets gets it this year as town’s best bar.

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Best of the Boat: Best Bartender — Richard "Gooch" Shine

Shine has worked at Sunpie’s for five years, his personality adding to the charm of Steamboat’s New Orleans-themed bar. Gooch always keeps it interesting and always remembers patrons.

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Best of the Boat: Best Cocktail — Margarita, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Editor’s note: Worse-for-the-wear writer Luke Graham respectfully requested to be taken off the drink review category next year, after sampling this year’s winners all on the same night.

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Best of the Boat: Best Pint of Guinness — McKnight's Irish Pub & Loft

Made from water, barley, hops and brewer’s yeast and available in more than 100 countries, the beer’s dark color comes from roasted barley.

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Best of the Boat: Best Pizza — Soda Creek Pizza Co.'s Snow in Texas

Part of the charm is in the mesquite chicken. Soda Creek gets fresh chicken and bakes it in house.

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Best of the Boat: Best Ribs — Double Z Bar & BBQ

“It’s probably the sauce,” cook Dallas Tupper says. “People just love our sauce. People come in and buy jars of it.”

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Best of the Boat: Best Sandwich — Backcountry Delicatessen’s Pilgrim

Backcountry Delicatessen has done just that and the Pilgrim concoction was voted the most popular sandwich in town.

Best of the Boat: Complete services results

The best service in Steamboat.

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Best of the Boat: Best Bike Mechanic — Brock Webster, Orange Peel Bicycle Service

With half of his business repair and labor and half rental and retail, Webster rides herd on six other mechanics who keep the shop open seven days a week.

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