ZEST: Eureka Mediterranean-style cuisine
August 12, 2015
Steamboat Springs — Eureka means "to exalt with joy," and that's what you'll do when you dine at this Mediterranean-style restaurant inspired by European street venders.
Opened by Carl's Tavern owners Collin and Noella Kelley and specializing in comfort foods from Spain, Italy, Israel, Greece, Lebanon, Morocco and France, all dishes are served family-feast style. Lunch can be ordered from the walk-up counter with full service dining available for dinner. Wall-mounted TV screens display what's available daily, with the offerings changing depending on seasonality and availability.
Features include a pizza oven imported from Naples and two large, vertical rotisseries for shawarma, a Middle Eastern meat preparation (all beef, pork and lamb is sourced locally). Spanish influences include seafood dishes and hand-ground sausages, with plenty of Greek offerings as well, from classic Greek salads to lamb schwarma. There are also several gluten-free options. It can all be enjoyed inside or out on a European-style, street-side patio.
Eureka also offers quick and easy food for those on the go. For libations, Eureka maintains a fully stocked bar for cocktails, wine or beer.
"It fills a great niche in town, and is a great way for us to experiment," Collin says. "And it fits in perfectly with everything going on along Yampa Street."