Underground Dining in Crested Butte

Crowded town. No reservations. We ate well in a cellar restaurant

P1030440After a fine hike up and back on the West Maroon Trail, showering and vegging a while in our room at the Elevation Hotel, my husband and I hopped on the shuttle from Mt. Crested Butte to the old town of Crested Butte to find something to eat. We tried several restaurants and were advised about waits of half an hour to a daunting hour and a half. When we ventured down the stairs to The LoBar and were told there were still a couple of seats at the sushi bar, we grabbed them.

My son and I had eaten there during the Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival a few years ago.(FWIW, the 2013 festival is July 11-14, and I wish I were on my way back.) LoBar is dark, atmospheric and clubby in a hip, contemporary way. The food my son and I had then was good, and the food my husband and I had this evening was as well.

At this sushi-and-more restaurant, we started with potent margaritas, then picked from the international selection. Still, we were a bit surprised that not a single sushi chef behind the bar was Japanese), but the crew learned well somewhere. We mixed and matched from the sushi and non-sushi portions of the menu. Interesting combinations of strong flavors are the hallmarks of this unique restaurant. Our choices:

Crunchy, briny, healthy-tasting seaweed salad topped with a few carrot slivers for color contrast.
Crunchy, briny, healthy-tasting seaweed salad topped with a few carrot slivers for color contrast.
This trio of pork sliders with spicy slaw is another non-Japanese dish..
This trio of pork sliders with spicy slaw is one of several non-Japanese dishes at this eclectic, international restaurant..

 

New-style sushi tucked into mini taco shells. Panko-fried fish, cilantro and salsa linked by ribbons of spicy chipotle aioli. ,
New-style sushi tucked into mini taco shells. Panko-fried fish, cilantro and salsa linked by ribbons of spicy chipotle aioli.
A decidedly non-Japanese caprese salad. Bur it wasn't typically Italian either. A generous portion of basil-topped burrata was flanked by
A decidedly non-Japanese caprese salad. Bur it wasn’t typically Italian either. A generous portion of basil-topped burrata was flanked by “sandwiches” of heirloom tomatoes in a biscuit “bun” with ribbons of balsamic reduction lacing the plate.

Price check: We ordered from the appetizers and salads on the menu, $4-$13.

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