Crested Butte’s Not-So-Secret Stash

Funky, casual restaurant now in the busy heart of Elk Avenue

P1030535My husband and I arranged to meet a group of friends at the Secret Stash for pizza and more, so we auto-piloted ourselves to the west end of Elk Avenue, Crested Butte’s main drag. Last time I ate there, the Stash was on the second floor of the last building on the street. Turns out that it moved not long ago to the main floor of The Company Store building, directly above LoBar where we ate last night. This is no surprise, it turns out, since both are under the same ownership

This montage of
This montage of “things” close to the pressed-tin ceiling is but one of the eclectic mix that decorates the Stash.

With this new front-and-center location, the funky and fun restaurant is no longer any kind of secret. We were a group of half-a-dozen adults and two well-behaved kids almost too engrossed in their handheld video games to eat. We ordered drinks (the tall margs were excellent) and a variety of apps and three of pizzas, the Secret Stash specialty. The crowd was dense, the servers harried and service not surprisingly was on and off. Out waiter was patient as we considered and reconsidered various menu items, but their eventual delivery from the kitchen was erratic. In our group, however, no one paid it much mind because the adults were busy chatting and the kids were busy with their games.

I hit the salad bar, because I was in desperate need of greenery but I found room for an appetizer or two and a slice of pizza. Chewy dough and thick edges characterized all the pies. Here are photos of what we ordered and shared –and I won’t try to identify everything. Just know that there was a lot of food, and some if left the Stash in to-go boxes.

Garlic cheese bread with red sauce for optional dipping.
Garlic cheese bread with red sauce for optional dipping.
An order of 10 char- grilled wings with an Asian barbecue sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds and scallions.
An order of 10 char- grilled wings with an Asian barbecue sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds and scallions.
A pasta dish that I ca't identify because it doesn't appear on the online menu and that I didn't try either. It was, however, praised.
A pasta dish that I ca’t identify because it doesn’t appear on the online menu and that I didn’t try either. It was, however, praised.

And now, three pizza that I won’t even try to name either:

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