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Best Park City Restaurants

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Sure, you can find a basic bowl of chili to warm your insides after a morning on the slopes in Park City, but this affluent resort town ups the culinary ante when it comes to vacation dining.  From creative Southwestern fare to innovative American cuisine, Park City is home to some pretty inventive chefs, who do their best to please the palates of the town’s discerning diners.  After a day amid the fresh mountain air, however, Park City visitors are hungry, so comfort food is a big part of most of the restaurant menus in this outdoorsy town—whether that means ordering gourmet mac and cheese and barbecued ribs in an upscale eatery or ordering an extra-meat, extra-cheese pizza to be delivered to your hotel room.  A nice dinner in Park City isn’t cheap, which is perhaps why condo (with kitchen) lodging is so popular in Park City. If you’re really trying to stick to a dining budget, you might want to plan for a few in-room meals too.

Wahso An Asian Grill

Neighborhood: Park City Mountain Resort Price: Expensive
Not your typical Asian eatery, this elegant restaurant puts a sophisticated spin on traditional Chinese and Japanese fare by mixing Asian ingredients and French cooking styles. Addictive selections like and misoand soy-glazed black cod will make you never want to order basic chow mein again. Not that the fortune cookie was ever a highlight, but desserts here—like or crème brulee in a coconut shell—blow tradition away. It doesn’t hurt, either, that this delicious fare is served up in an alluring dining room with high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and curtained booths.

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Chimayo

Neighborhood: Park City Mountain Resort Price: Expensive
You won’t find run-of-the-mill tacos and chips on the menu at this famed Southwestern eatery.  The inspired menu features innovative selections with a French-American spin like peppercorn-crusted London broil of elk, goat cheese chiles rellenos and green pipian-seared trout fajitas. Pair your selections with a margarita or two, and you’ve got a memorable meal that will be a vacation highlight.  However, save room for the Mexican chocolate fondue for dessert.  It’s so good that once the churros, fresh fruit and cookies run out for dipping, you’ll start seriously considering submerging your fingers in the rich, warm chocolate. When making a reservation, ask to be seated on the restaurant’s main floor; there is a dining room downstairs, too, but the main floor offers a more beautiful and buzz-worthy atmosphere.

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Tree Room

Neighborhood: Park City Outskirts Price: Expensive
This may be about as close as you’ll ever get to dining in Robert Redford’s home. Native American art from the Sundance Kid’s personal collection decorates the walls of this fine dining restaurant at his Sundance Resort. However, it’s a meal you won’t soon forget, either, featuring seasonal mountain cuisine.  What exactly does that mean? Enticing menu options include truffle tofu with organic garbanzo cake, grilled artichokes, fennel and roasted heirloom tomatoes for the healthy eater; and Tree Room pepper steak with buttermilk mashed potatoes for the not-so-healthy eater. For dessert, order the warm chocolate truffle cake with s’more ice cream.  You can work the calories off at the slopes later.

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The Eating Establishment

Neighborhood: Park City Mountain Resort Price: Moderate
This casual Main Street eatery, complete with its roaring fireplace, is all about comfort food at reasonable prices.  Breakfast is served until 3:30 during the week and 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so you load up on omelets, waffles, skillet dishes or chicken-fried steak with country gravy all day. Burgers, barbecued pork and chicken sandwiches and giant salads fill the lunch menu, while dinners offer filling fare like Kansas City strip steak and pan-fried mountain trout.  Save room for dessert, as such yummy selections as New York-style cheesecake, raspberry chocolate torte and mud pie are all made in-house.

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Neighborhood: Park City Mountain Resort Price: Moderate
Photos and memorabilia from the Sundance Film Festival and Park City’s early history fill the walls of this Sundance Resort-owned restaurant, which is set in a former Union Pacific railroad depot. Take a seat in one of the dark wood booths, with rustic antique chandeliers overhead, and order such starters as ceviche with homemade tortilla chips or warm jalapeno crab dip, while you do a little people watching, as this casual eatery always seems to attract an interesting crowd. At lunch, the Black Angus burger is a winner, as are all salads. For dinner, take solace in the comfort food specialties of the house, like white cheddar mac and cheese and Double R. Ranch baby-back pork ribs.

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Baja Cantina

Neighborhood: Park City Mountain Resort Price: Moderate
You can take a break from the slopes for a quick taco lunch at Cissy and Steve McComb’s traditional Mexican eatery, located at the base of Park City Mountain Resort. The couple have been serving traditional Mexican fare like giant burritos, sizzling fajitas, daily fish taco specials and, of course, combination platters, to Park City visitors since 1983. An affordable place to get your Mexican food fix, Baja Cantina puts a healthy spin on their bean and rice dishes by leaving out the lard, which means you can order a potent margarita without guilt. And, many do after the slopes have closed for the day, as Baja Cantina is a popular place for the après ski crowd.

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Jean Louis Restaurant

Neighborhood: Park City Mountain Resort Price: Moderate
French-trained Chef Jean Louis Montecot opened his namesake eatery in 2006 after working for years at Sundance Resort. Located in a somewhat dismal strip mall, the restaurant gets more inviting once you step indoors, where white linen tablecloths and dark booths create a feeling of warmth. Montecot impresses with well-prepared classics like steak frites, butterflied pork chops with corn mashed potatoes and veal piccata. Or, dine in the bar on such well-priced selections as escargot with lemony herb butter, beef medallions with potato skins filled with bacon, cheese and a light mustard sauce or a classic Salade Nicoise. For dessert, Montecot’s Grand Marnier soufflé or tart tartin are worth every calorie.

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Red Rock Junction

Neighborhood: Kimball Junction Price: Moderate
Set in an industrial space with warm woods and red tables, this casual microbrewery can be enjoyed by the whole family. While the kids sip hand-crafted sodas, adults can sample a selection of eight or more award-winning Red Rock brews. Sandwiches like Italian sausage or grilled Portobella mushroom, pastas and such entrees as rotisserie chicken and grilled halibut go well with an icy draft. However, the wood-fire pizzas are the way to go; each boasts a crispy crust that is pizza perfection. When the weather is nice, sit outdoors on the patio and enjoy the fresh mountain air in the Redstone shopping center location.

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Kneaders Bakery & Cafe

Neighborhood: Kimball Junction Price: Budget
Follow the smell of fresh baked bread to this cheerful sandwich shop set in Newpark Town Center. A hearty egg, bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich or a fresh-baked cinnamon roll is a filling way to start the day. You can also go healthy with a custom-blended smoothie. The turkey, cranberry, sunflower salad, French dip on a baguette or turkey and artichoke panini on focaccia make yummy selections for lunch or dinner. Or, get a loaf a fresh-baked bread to go for a Park City picnic.

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Davanza's

Neighborhood: Park City Mountain Resort Price: Budget
When you feel like carbing up after a day outdoors, head to this local favorite for hand-tossed pizza, tacos, burgers and fries. Old beer cans serve as wall decorations at this local’s hangout, where meat lovers order Mucker Supreme pizza, topped with pepperoni, ham, sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and black olives. If you just want to chill after a day on the slopes, Davanza’s delivers all over the area—including stops at the bars—so you can enjoy pizza with your beers.  There are two locations: Park City Mountain Resort 690 Park Ave., Park City, 84060 Kimball Junction 6531 N. Landmark, Park City, 84098

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