I've spent 30-odd days in Crested Butte over the last three years and thought it was time to praise some of my favorite restaurants in the tiny, charming ski town. There are a surprising number of food options but a few are WAY better than the others.
Secret Stash - Some of the best pizza I've ever had. It's not wood-fired like Pizzeria Bianco's or Classic Italian (two awesome pizza spots in Phoenix area) but it's delicious just the same. Creative combos, great atmosphere - it's a must on any trip to CB. Unless you go in the off season, expect a wait for a table and a long wait for your pie. www.thesecretstash.com
The Lobar - This underground lounge-y sushi spot sticks out like a sore thumb in this otherwise super low-key town. But, I haven't found anything that comes close to being as good sushi-wise in Arizona. It's owned by the same woman who started Secret Stash, she seems to have very high standards for ingedients and it shows at both spots. The menu at www.thelobar.com is outdated, but a few of the items remain the same. The ahi melts in your mouth and I overheard a man telling the sushi chefs that his uni was the best he'd ever had outside of Japan. They said they'd been getting some really high quality uni in lately, something about blue 5 star grade or something.
Ginger Cafe - Yummy Indian and Thai dishes with interesting foreign beer selection and a killer mango/ginger mojito. Large portions. The chicken biryani with cranberries and cashews is a hearty way to cap a day on the slopes or singletrack.
Sunshine Deli - A young Arizona couple actually moved to CB to open this breakfast and lunch spot. The sandwiches, all with Boar's Head, are tasty.
21 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO
313 3rd St, Crested Butte, CO