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WHERE TO EAT
At this date-or-group-friendly place, you can pile your plate high with AYCE poke, ahi, king crab legs, chilled shellfish, prime rib, and roast duck for $68 (yeah, if you want cheap... you’re in the wrong place). Two types of oysters are also available and they are not the Rocky Mountain variety. If you see the homemade dessert, grab Deer Valley’s chocolate snowball (flourless chocolate cake covered in snow-looking whipped cream), because they go fast. Open Thursday through Sunday for dinner.
A chic location in the heart of Main St, Yuki’s got great sushi -- and co-owner and semi-professional ski bum, Matt Baydala, may also tell you about some untracked powder stashes. Try the dry-aged bluefin toro from Spain and do battle with the Bruce Lee Roy, Green Hornet, and Mr. Miyagi rolls. Need to warm up? Go for the pork ramen. And the specials are outstanding -- let Baydala order for you, and you won’t be disappointed.
You can’t go wrong with the Chef Handly’s signature fried chicken or the smoked trout sausage over corn pudding at this small, seasonal American resto. Finish with the salted caramel pudding.
Start with the bacon jam and cheddar chive biscuits and continue the carb carnival with the short rib grilled cheese sourdough bites. Sides? Cauliflower and broccoli as well as lobster mac 'n cheese. Want to keep going? Head downstairs to the subterranean bar that often has a DJ on duty -- and always has great cocktails.
Two things that rarely meet: affordability and ski-town food. The salsa bar at this taqueria includes about 20 varieties, made daily. Vegetarians and omnivores alike should check out the California burrito. Carnitas, fish tacos, and the taco salad are also recommended at this no-frills spot.
Good Karma’s known for its unusual breakfasts: check out the Punjabi eggs masala or the Locals’ Favourite, which comes with buttermilk pancakes or house-made challah French toast, two eggs, and two slices of bacon. The homemade chai is also insane. For lunch, start with the South Indian winter squash soup and follow with the Bollywood burrito or the curry du jour.
You can’t go wrong with the Buffalo chicken sandwich at this post-powder fave. The burgers are substantial ⅔-pounders and the beer is cheap: even good pints are $3.50. Before you leave, make sure to get an Insta in front of the floor-to-ceiling wall of beer cans. As a bonus, it’s open late.
Artisanal and amazing, Tupelo just opened on Main St this winter. Feast on the 48-hour braised veal cheek with parsnip puree and crispy marble potatoes with bone marrow butter.
During happy hour at this longtime standby, start with the lump crab cakes, three-cheese mac 'n cheese, or salted brownie ice cream sandwich. For dinner, hit the Utah red trout or cowboy ribeye.
As this place is a (no kidding!) farm-to-table joint, warm up with the harvest soup and follow it with the Koosharem steelhead trout or buffalo burger. Save room for the Slide Ridge honey cake and simple and perfect donuts.
WHERE TO DRINK
If you’re lucky enough to come on the right night (check the calendar sooner rather than later, and consider the VIP packages), you’ll get good music in an intimate setting at this speakeasy. Forget the Red Bull and vodka and go for the Russian Breakfast (Smirnoff vodka, cold-brew coffee, Frosted Flakes-infused almond milk) or Weird Science (Bacardi Superior, Bacardi 151, Galliano, lemon juice, house-made orgeat , blackberries, Angostura bitters, absinthe).
Saddle up to the bar at this local distillery and sit in a piece of history (a bar stool built from the Great Salt Lake trestle bridge from 1904) and order a tasting flight of Utah-made whiskey, a Dead Man’s Boots, or a whiskey lemonade that’s spicy and perfect for winter. For dinner, check out one of the dining rooms that drip with cowboy aesthetic. Still thirsty? Start singing, “Show me the way to the next whiskey bar” and take the short walk to the No Name Saloon. Pro tip: it’s consistently busy, so try to go at off-peak hours.
This beer and whiskey dive, which boasts a mine-shack vibe, has been “Helping people forget their names since 1903.” Keep it simple with a Bud and a Jack or go local with Polygamy Porter on nitro draft. Hungry? Get the bison burger or buffalo nachos to share. And even in the winter, the heated rooftop deck that overlooks Main St is killer.
As upscale as the Utah Jazz is jazz-less, the Stein’s Bloody and Moscow mule are both great. Want beer? There are plenty of Utah brews. Conduct a double IPA taste-test by double fisting a Red Rock Elephino and Squatters Hop Rising. Or go with the Epic Brainless (Belgian). Hungry? The daily skier’s buffet for lunch is amazing.
The 2002 Winter Olympics put Utah on the map and the Utah Olympic Park will bring you back to Romney’s greatest accomplishment, second only to his tax return. Here, you and two friends can ride with a pro bobsledder, zip line, or get some tubing in. But who are we kidding? Bobsledding is the obvious move here. Take 15 turns down an icy track.
Try your hand at 10-pin bowling at Jupiter Bowl
With a dozen lanes for the skiing and riding masses and four private lanes, Jupiter Bowl is a good place to wear some comfortable shoes after being in uncomfy boots all day. There’s also an arcade and billiards, a tailgate menu, and plenty of TVs playing sports and ski movies.
Drink whiskey, shoot guns & play cowboy (not in that order) at High West-Blue Sky Ranch
High West Distillery moved all of its distilling, barreling, bottling, and packaging production to Blue Sky Ranch this year. Just 15 minutes outside of Park City, it’s a great place to visit for a tour (reservations recommended), grab a meal, or shoot some guns. Wanna throw a lasso? You can also play cowboy for the day.
1. Deer Valley Seafood Buffet2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City
2. Yuki Yama Sushi586 Main Street,, Park City
3. Handle136 Heber Ave, Park City
4. Fletcher's Park City562 Main St, Park City
5. El Chubasco1890 Bonanza Dr #115, Park City
6. Good Karma1782 Prospector Ave, Park City
7. Davanza's690 Park Ave, Park City
8. tupelo508 Main St, Park City
9. Riverhorse on Main540 Main St., Park City
10. The Farm at Canyons4000 Canyons Resort Dr, Park City
11. O.P. Rockwell268 Main Street, Park City
12. High West Distillery and Saloon703 Park Ave., Park City
13. No Name Saloon & Grill447 Main Street, Park City
14. Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley7700 Stein Way, Park City
15. Utah Olympic Park3419 Olympic Parkway, Park City
16. Jupiter Bowl Park City1090 Center Dr, Park City
17. High West Distillery at Blue Sky Ranch27649 Old Lincoln Highway, Warship
At the Deer Valley Seafood Buffet, for $68, you can eat as much AYCE poke, ahi, king crab legs, chilled shellfish, prime rib, and roast duck as your heart desires. It's not cheap, but hey, maybe if you eat enough food, it could be cost-effective.
Located in the heart of main street, Yuki Yama has great sushi, and what better way to apré ski than with one of Matt Baydala's amazing specialty rolls, plus some sake of course.
This is one of our favorite eateries in Park City.
Fresh, local food served in a cozy setting with a killer cocktail list? Sounds like the perfect aprés situation to me. Try Fletcher's bacon jam and cheddar chive biscuits or lobster mac and cheese, you won't regret it.
With 20 varieties of salsa, all made daily, we're already in love with El Chubasco, plus its relatively cheap compared to the money holes that are ski-town restaurants. Check out the carnitas, fish tacos and taco salad for a good time.
Good Karma’s known for its unusual breakfasts: check out the Punjabi eggs masala or the Locals’ Favorite, which comes with buttermilk pancakes or house-made challah French toast, two eggs, and two slices of bacon. The homemade chai is also insane. For lunch, start with the South Indian winter squash soup and follow with the Bollywood burrito or the curry du jour.
Pizza is essential post-powder, and Davanza's is a great spot to hit. Not only do they serve excellent pies, but the menu offers up burgers, tacos, cheesesteaks and so much more. So even if you have a friend who doesn't like pizza (lol okay), they'll have plenty of other options at Davanza's.
This is one of our favorite places to eat delicious artisanal meals in Park City.
This eclectic New American spot presents fine dining at its best; the dishes are creative (try the Japanese waygu paired with marrow and a seven minute egg), tasty, and best of all, surprisingly unpretentious.
This elegant spot inside the Canyons Resort is a top notch spot for gourmet après ski fare, including perfectly seared rib eye steaks, foie gras petit fours, and charcuterie boards.
This swanky craft cocktail lounge serves up smooth libations alongside nightly live jazz, R&B, rock, electronic, and world music. What could be better than sipping on spirits in a spot as lush as this?
Giddy on up to this saloon, which also happens to be Utah’s first distillery since the 1870s. Soak up the dozens of small batch ryes, whiskeys, and vodkas with delicious Western-inspired grub at the onsite restaurant.
This watering hole kicks it old-school with its copper-top bar, eclectic snowshoe collection, and bicycle, wagon, and motorcycle décor. Soak up the booze with one of the eight burgers on offer.
This is one of our top favorite places to grab a drink in Park City.
This is the place to be if you hold a special torch (get it?) for the Olympics. Built as a competition venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, you can indulge your Olympic fantasies in this nearly 400-acre park that now serves as a competition and training ground. Watch athletes in training, visit the Alf Engen Ski History Museum and the 2002 Eccles Winter Olympic Museum, or race down the track in a bobsled yourself.
Get your game on at this neon bowling alley that offers a surprisingly extensive cocktail, beer, and wine list. Pinot and pins, anyone?
Just 15 minutes outside Park City, High West Distillery at Blue Sky Ranch is basically just an adult playground. You can tour the distillery and try different types of whiskey, grab a great meal, shoot some guns and even learn how to lasso (yes they offer cowboy lessons).