Big House Burgers & Bottlecap Bar Reviews
July 14, 2009
This restaurant, on Steamboat’s west end, offers a creative build-your-own burger menu (all local beef) plenty of salad options as well as a wide selection of bottled beer, soda and an old-fashioned soda and ice cream fountain.
Big House Burgers is located at 2093 Curve Plaza, Steamboat, 970-870-8500, open daily 11:30 am-9:30 pm
Staff Review by Brandon Gee:
Draft beer fans will be disappointed, but otherwise it’s tough to beat the beer selection at Big House Burgers and Bottle Cap Bar, a solid and affordable west-side dining option.
Well removed from downtown and the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, it’s crucial for Big House to be affordable for western Steamboat’s working class residents and employees. While you can certainly spend some money if you try, Big House accomplishes this. There are not many places in town where two people can enjoy a meal, a beer each and an appetizer for about $36, before tip, but my coworker and I pulled it off. If you went alone, it also would be possible to get a burger, fries and a drink for about $10.
Our only knock on the service was the amount of time it took to get our drinks. Other than that it was excellent and included some personal attention from owner Rex Brice.
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Big House always scores points with me for carrying one of my favorite craft brews, Pyramid Audacious Apricot Ale from California ($4.50). My coworker went with a Mosse Drool ($4.50). All told there are more than 50 beers to choose ranging in price a $2 can of Pabst Blue Ribbon to an $8 bottle of Sam Adams Oatmeal Stout.
We were less impressed with the sweet potato fries ($5.99) we ordered as an appetizer. The menu advertised that the crispy fries are tossed in brown sugar and a barbecue rub, but we couldn’t tell. My coworker felt the need to douse the fries in hot sauce for flavor. The serving was more generous than expected, however, and the Kentucky bourbon caramel dipping sauce was interesting and tasty.
As for our main course, my A-Train’s Flyin’ Hawaiian chicken sandwich was tender and included generous cuts of pineapple and bacon. The teriyaki sauce makes the sandwich. My coworker ordered the Bacon and Blue Burger and was not disappointed.
The atmosphere at Big House is nice. The patio is great when the weather cooperates. Inside, there are several large, flat-screen TVs that make Big House a good option for sports fans.
Overall, Big House is a great place to come to avoid the crowds and prices of other Steamboat restaurants, while also enjoying decent food and great beer.
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