Tucked between two world-class ski resorts, the mountain town of Park City is best known for its winter recreation and as the home of the Sundance Film Festival. But over time the community’s transformed into a year-round recreation destination with an outstanding dining scene to match. The fun, foodie revolution spreads from Historic Main Street all the way to Kimball Junction (Nuevo Park City), and whether you’re craving a gourmet breakfast, a quick lunch, or a five-course feast, this foodie guide covers all your Park City dining needs.
There’s an Aussie invasion happening in Park City, and new all-day breakfast favorite,Five5eeds, is one of the businesses leading the charge. Opened by a couple from Melbourne, their eclectic menu features colorful, creative dishes like berry-topped hotcakes with lemon infused mascarpone and smashed avocado toast topped with feta, mint, watercress, pickled onion, and beet relish. Pair your fresh dish with imported Australian coffee for a true Down Under experience.
If you’re staying closer to Main Street, stick with the Australian theme and visit Harvest, another all-day Aussie breakfast joint. They’re known for healthy twists on breakfast (they serve lunch too) dishes like paleo banana bread and their Golden Mylk Lattes that fuse turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, and coconut milk in one steaming cup.
More of a cacao craver? Head toRitual Chocolate, a shop tucked off the main drag that specializes in fine chocolate crafted at 7,000 feet. From creamy sipping chocolates to rich mochas, Ritual offers plenty of ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Quick and Easy Eats
Just because you’re in a hurry doesn’t mean you need to skimp on quality. Find the World’s Best Lobster Roll in landlocked Park City atFreshie’s Lobster Co, a food truck turned quick-serve eatery, located in Prospector Square, that’s won countless awards and accolades. The menu features fresh-from-Maine lobster stuffed in New England hot dog buns, creamy lobster bisque soup, lobster sliders, and lobster-free salads and sandwiches for the seafood averse.
Packing a picnic for a hike or outdoor concert? Fill your basket atRiverhorse Provisions, a Main Street market and deli that specializes in on-the-go gourmet cuisine and prepared picnic lunches featuring charcuterie plates, hearty wraps, fresh pasta salads, and much more.
Foodies will find their mountain cuisine dreams fulfilled at Park City’s farm-to-table and New American restaurants that focus on sourcing locally and dazzling palates with creative combinations and inventive recipes.
And there’s no better place to start thanThe Farm at Park City Mountain. The award-winning restaurant’s claim to fame is sourcing ingredients primarily from within 200 miles of Park City for their seasonal menu that highlights local flavors. The rustic space offers cozy (read: romantic) indoor dining and an enclosed outdoor terrace for taking in the mountain views.
For a modern twist on classic American West fare, head back to Main Street and dine atPurple Sage. Housed in an old Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone building, Purple Sage has been serving up imaginative cuisine since 2003—way before it was cool in this mountain town. Start with the warm housemade potato chips topped with blue cheese, pepper jack, and green onions then move on to comfort classics like veal meatloaf, corn battered Utah trout, and chicken fried chicken.
Find contemporary American fare and globally inspired cuisine in Tupelo’s three-story space in downtown Park City. Regionally sourced dishes like Bear Lake lamb, smoked Utah lamb, and roasted ricotta mushroom toast are stars of the show, but unexpected, flavorful dishes like BBQ Octopus and Roasted Bass with spaghetti squash caponata also stand out.
Save room after dinner at Tupelo for their rich desserts made with ingredients from Park City products like the pot de crème, which features Park City’s own Ritual Chocolate with poached pears. Or the apple crumb, a current take on a timeless classic made of cooked apples topped with honey hops bitters ice cream and High West Distillery caramel.
High West Distillery & Saloon is Utah’s first distillery since Prohibition and is known around the world for their award-winning bourbons and ryes. But whiskey’s not the only standout on their mountain menu. Indulge your sweet tooth with their gourmet interpretation of a campfire classic, the S'more. The plate-sized creation starts with a homemade graham cracker topped with a house-made marshmallow and is finished with plenty of melted Salt Lake's Millcreek Cacao Roasters on top. After just one bite, you may never want to go back to the traditional Hershey’s version.
Get your ice cream fix at Java Cow Coffee & Ice Cream on Main Street, where every flavor is made on site with natural ingredients and local dairy mix. This independently owned shop frequently has a line, but it’s worth waiting for their indulgent combos like Wowie Cowie, vanilla ice cream with toffee bar bits, dark chocolate chunks, and a caramel ribbon. Or keep it simple with modern flavors like salted caramel and maple walnut. Whatever you do, don’t miss ordering your scoop in a freshly made waffle cone.
No matter where you dine in Park City, the evolved food scene and focus on local eats will leave you happy, full, and craving another taste of this town’s modern mountain cuisine.
Originally written by RootsRated Media for Utah Office of Tourism.