10 Best Restaurants in Casual, but Chic Park City, Utah
By Jennifer Boren
Salt Lake City Local Expert
Yes, Park City, Utah is for skiers and snowboarders and those who love the great outdoors, but Park City is also a foodie's haven, or should I say heaven? The city even offers food tours now, where a guide will not only give you a nice background on the history of the area, but allow you to sample fare from 4 or 5 restaurants on Main Street.
This chic mountain town is also hosting its distinguished 10th annual Food and Wine Classic this July, where many events take place, including local chefs offering bite size samples at the grand tasting event. Standard method of operation here is to use fresh, local ingredients while providing creative flair to fare.
This is no ordinary small town, this high-altitude home to over 100 (many award-winning unrivaled) restaurants. The old days of silver mining are long gone and what remains are the buildings along the historic Main Street, which house many of the fine restaurants which serve more tourists than locals.
Most have a rustic yet urban chic interior, such as Riverhorse on Main and Robert Redford's restaurant he opened in 1995, Zoom. Some are more quaint, like Cafe Terigo, some sexy beautiful, such as Wahso, the Asian grille. But the top restaurants in Park City, which cater mostly to a discerning and sophisticated set of clientele (don't let the casual attire fool you) all have one thing in common - great food due to the high standard of excellence expected in this exclusive resort town. Peruse the list for our 10 Best.
10 Purple Sage
Purple Sage has cowboy American decor and appeal, but don't let the casual cute ambience and prices fool you. The food is yummy gourmet, from the Grilled Pacific White Shrimp to Sugar and Chili Cured Deck, I venture to reason that no cowboy out on the prairie ever ate this well. The Braised Bison Short Ribs and 16 oz. Ribeye will surely satisfy the hungriest diner, while the Utah Trout and Pan Seared Scallops, served on creamy bacon and cheddar grits will comfort those seeking lighter fare. A great selection of apps, such as the talked-about Warm Housemade Potato Chips, Barbeque Chicken Tamales and Green Chile Pork Stew will start you off smiling. Enjoy a slightly more reasonable dinner (for Park City) with still great taste and fun decor at Purple Sage. In warmer weather, the menu changes and the patio opens. (435-655-9505)
9 Edge Steakhouse @ The Canyons Resort
The contemporary and sophisticated new Edge Steakhouse in the Westgate Park City resort, located at The Canyons, is receiving quite a bit of recognition. Winning several Best of State awards including Best Chef, The Edge is gaining quite a reputation for its signature entree, their steaks. Also on the menu, their veal, lamb, elk and short ribs, to name a few, can be accompanied by indulgent sides such as a trio of mashed potatoes, exotic mushroom gratin and the most popular, the black and white truffle mac and cheese. Seafood items, such as salmon, ahi tuna and scallops are also offered. For a special, albeit expensive, treat, order the Wagyu (Kobe) beef steaks, accompanied by lobster tail, foie gras or prawns and choose from a variety of sauces, like peppercorn or chimichurri. With over 1,000 bottles from around the world, an extensive wine list is sure to please. Full bar is available. Set your tastebuds sizzling and make your next reservation at The Edge. (435-649-5400)
Set with wood and stone for an upscale though rustic atmosphere, this well-received restaurant is a favorite with visitors to the ski slopes and with special-occasion diners. The American menu is anything but basic, boasting such satisfying fare as lamb, venison, pheasant, wild boar, and foie gras. You'll also find seafood and vegetarian selections. The wine list provides a host of options for any entree you may choose, and both food and wine have received many accolades for their quality and range of options. Service dovetails beautifully with the other high standards. (435-645-6715, 800-558-3337)
7 Cafe Terigo
Set in a brick building, this stylish restaurant attracts a fashionable crowd. Just inside the entrance is a small bar; beyond that is the dining room, where a cultivated patina is evident. Ragged yellow walls feature quotations from notable artists, and windows are ornamented with curvaceous metal cutouts. Over each table, an expressive flower is painted on fragments of found metal and wood. Lunch means gourmet salads and sandwiches, while pizzas are available all day. In the evenings, representative entrees include sauteed Utah trout, grilled flank steak, rack of lamb, smoked chicken risotto, and ravioli with butternut squash. An outdoor patio is heated during the winter, and in warmer months, is one of the most desirable destinations in town. (435-645-9555)
With the success of his restaurants at Sundance and the popularity of the film festival, it's little surprise that Robert Redford would add another eatery to the fold. Zoom is it. The name, which plays on camera terminology, occupies a renovated train station and offers down-home American comfort foods, but always with an innovative twist. Pizzas, pastas, and risottos with gourmet ingredients offer satisfying options, but the real attention goes to entrees like pecan-crusted Utah trout with collard greens, apple-marinated pork loin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, or cider-poached salmon filet. A sinful macaroni and cheese also boasts an extensive number of adherents, and desserts like warm cherry cobbler and walnut spice cake appeal to celebrities and regular folks alike. (435-649-9108)
Perhaps one of Park City's most popular restaurants, this elegant, second-story establishment features yellow walls with black architectural trim. You'll also find potted palms and large-scale Asian artwork, which give the place a sophisticated and refined ambience. The cuisine follows suit, pulling influences from throughout the Far East and fusing them with French techniques. The spectacular results include a Burmese curry, an Asian vegetable hot pot, Balinese stir-fries, and steaks with exotic accents and flavors. Even the desserts make use of lush tropical fruits and subtle spices, adding whispery notes to cheesecake, sorbet, and cr�me br�l�e. If your palate has grown tired of all the standards, break the monotony with a visit to Wahso. (435-615-0300)
4 The Glitretind Restaurant at Stein Eriksen Lodge
From its station high in the mountains, this elegant establishment presents some of the area's best cuisine. The dining area sports Country French chairs, a blazing stone fireplace, and a soothing color scheme of rose and green. Sunday's brunch buffet is one of the restaurant's most celebrated offerings. This extravaganza provides a wealth of treats and also features live jazz for diners' pleasure. Along with traditional breakfast items, the buffet includes a carving station, several hot entrees, a variety of salads and starches, shrimp, crab claws, salmon, fresh fruit, and pastries. (8004531302)
3 Apex at Montage Deer Valley
Apex, the elegant signature restaurant located in the gorgeous mountain top resort Montage at Deer Valley prides itself on presenting American grill fare inspired by the freshest farm to table ingredients. Relax in the fabulous elegance of this top ranked hotel with its views of aspen groves and the valley's city lights below. For starters, try the House-made Elk Sausage or Celery Root Soup, followed by Double-Cut Pork Chops or Prime Filet Mignon. In this posh, yet comfortable setting, you can expect 5 star service from the moment you walk in the door. Sommeliers are happy to assist with wine selections for each course. Several gluten-free items are available upon request. (4356041300)
2 Riverhorse on Main
Two lofty dining rooms, an expansive deck, and terrific live entertainment endow this restaurant with character and appeal. The cuisine and service only serve to heighten the experience. Although the place can get loud at times, it's characterized by a good-natured boisterousness that embraces other diners as well. The cuisine capitalizes on fresh meat and seafood, featuring such temptations as charred rack of lamb, macadamia-crusted Alaskan halibut, barbecued baby back ribs, and an impossibly huge roasted pork loin chop. A range of wines will provide a complement to any entree, and the dessert list is a guaranteed diet-breaker. Make sure to try to try the chocolate souffl� if you get the chance! (435-649-3536)
1 J&G Grill at The St. Regis Deer Valley Resort
The J & G Grill in the St. Regis Deer Valley, is constantly receiving the top slot when it comes to restaurants in the Park City, Utah area, and it's no surprise. From its elegant interior to its satisfying cuisine, coming from the chef's portfolio of restaurants around the world, J & G Grill is top drawer. Private dining rooms are available with expansive views of the gorgeous Deer Valley. All tastes should be accommodated by the American menu which offers seafood, variety of proteins and lightly grilled steaks. Helpful sommeliers are on hand to assist in choosing the perfect wine to compliment your meal. Guests will enjoy the fun and scenic ride up the funicular, or tram car, to actually get to the hotel. Enjoy scenic views of Deer Valley from the patio and live music on the weekends. (4359405760)
About Jennifer Boren
A native of Oklahoma, by way of New Mexico and now Utah, Jennifer Boren makes her home in Salt Lake City. A total lover of Park City, she spends many weekends there, especially in the summer for all the outdoor activities. A thrill this past summer was seeing the cyclists in the Tour of Utah cross the finish line right on the historic Main Street. A former professional ballet dancer, she now teaches at the University of Utah and another local studio and enjoys seeing Ballet West performances. Her son is also a professional dancer.
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