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ZEST: Double Z Bar and Bar BQ

Ask locals about Double Z Bar and Bar BQ and their mouths are sure to water at the thought of their juicy ribs and golden brown French fries.

— Ask locals about Double Z Bar and Bar BQ and their mouths are sure to water at the thought of their juicy ribs and golden brown French fries.

But Double Z — which has won town's best ribs category for five years in a row — has more to offer than just the savory dishes that have made it a go-to in Steamboat for the past 25 years.

Available for dine-in or take-out, its menu offers everything from hickory-smoked meats stacked on sandwiches and presented on cool green salads to half-pound burgers, all smothered in their delicious signature sauces.

Credit its secret sauce, smoking and slow-basting for its finger-licking fare.

"People love our sauce," says co-owner Dave "D.K." Kane, whose staff will prepare up to 80 pounds of pork ribs and 30 pounds of beef ribs on any given day. "We've been doing it the same way for years."

Double Z provides a family-friendly atmosphere and offers a complete kids menu with such favorites as corn dogs and "chicken lips."

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For the adults, a full bar boasts a daily happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. And all of Double Z's delectable dishes can be enjoyed either inside or, when the weather permits, on the deck overlooking the Yampa River. It's also conveniently located next to the bike path, making it accessible to those on foot and wheels.

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.