There are some great restaurants in town to try. I loved Soupcon Bistro which a local friend recommended. It is located in an old cabin in an alley and has a wonderful Chef/Owner, Jason Verson. It is a fine dining restaurant with a good selection of starters, entrees and desserts. I had a wonderful salad plus a fish entree with heirloom cherry tomatoes, local potatoes, sugar snap peas in a golden tomato beurre blanc sauce.
For coffee, Camp 4 Coffee is always one of my favorites. It is a fun, local’s hangout.
Also great for coffee is The Guild at 21 Elk Ave. It is home to First Ascent Coffee Roaster and the Mountain Oven Organic Bakery. They roast their coffee on the premises and it is very good. They also have a lunch and brunch menu for food items.
The Sunflower Cafe is at 214 Elk Ave. This is a great spot for lunch. They are also open in the evenings for “Supper” and feature locally grown ingredients. The creative menu features a good number of soups, greens, appetizers and plates or entrees. The menu changes depending on what is in season.
Other good spots include Izzy’s for casual dining, Ryce for modern Asian, Secret Stash Pizza, Django’s in Mt. Crested Butte, Teocalli Tamale for casual Mexican fare and Ginger Cafe for Indian and Thai cuisine.
Fun local bars include Princess Wine Bar and The Eldo Brewery and Taproom for a younger, local crowd. You definitely must check out the Montanya Rum Distillery. Opened in 2008, this is now their main distillery. They produce two award-winning rums including the lighter Platino Light Rum and their Oro Dark Rum. The Platino is good though I really preferred the Oro Dark Rum which is great for sipping. They have an attractive cafe and tasting room. They offer tastings of the rum, cocktails made with their rums plus a number of small plates. I just read thta they feature sustainable, traceaable, North American ingredients which distinguishes then from other distillers.