Truly a small ski town, with just over 1,000 year-round residents, Crested Butte cannot boast 100-plus restaurants like the Vail’s and Aspen’s of Colorado, but Crested Butte restaurants can offer something else. Crested Butte attracts a certain kind of ski vacationer; someone who is willing to travel off the beaten path and stare unique experiences fearlessly in the face, and that extends to dining options. Crested Butte restaurants are as eclectic as its residents; it’s easy to find spicy food, vegetarian options, seasonal and locally sourced produce, meat, fish and wild game. Foodies will delight in Crested Butte’s gourmet dining options, like fresh, artisanal Italian and tasty tapas. And those with more classic palates, the pizza, Mexican and pub food options are plain, simple perfection.
A Crested Butte ski vacation doesn’t count unless you eat at The Secret Stash at least once. It was originally housed in a funky, bohemian house with renovated attic at the end of Elk Ave, but it recently moved to a larger space further up the street to accommodate the throngs of people that want to eat their heavenly pies. Before the move, guest would often have lengthy waits for a table. But it was always worth it. The pizza is absolutely incredible, and no one is quite sure why, perhaps the owner and executive chefs interesting background in both classic New York style pizza and gourmet cooking is the reason for The Secret Stash staggering success, but as the name implies, we’ll never know, it’s a secret.
django’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, located at the base of Mt. Crested Butte, is another Crested Butte notable. The menu items all have two things in common, they’re seasonal and they’re served “tapas style” or small plates. The menu generally has 25 different tapas selections, making django a perfect option for larger groups and families, or those looking for a varied meal.
Bacchanale is one of Crested Butte’s newest restaurants, and owned by the same fine people who created django. Bacchanale is located on Elk Avenue, and offers artisanal Italian fare fit for foodies. The menu has very grounded Italian roots, but also modern flares that make it a unique dining experience.
for an unforgettable on-mountain lunch, head to The Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabi at the base of Twister Lift. The menu features gourmet Colorado cuisine, like elk bourguignon and forest mushroom bisque. The Ice Bar also makes for a great place to have an afternoon après-ski beverage, as they feature handcrafted specialty cocktails. You can also make dinner reservations for a snowcat-drawn sleigh ride to Uley’s Cabin.
On a cold day on the slopes warm up with Paradise Warming Hut’s tasty homemade soup or chili, located at the base of the Paradise Lift.
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