When I travel places, I really try to immerse myself in what the area has to offer. You know, do as the locals do, eat as the locals eat, and drink as the locals drink. Nothing gets me more excited then when there is a local distillery, winery, or brewery in the area to try. As luck would have it, Park City has 2 of those 3 within walking distance to the resort we are staying at. Winner, winner.
Wasatch Brewery makes some pretty legit beers, and believe me when I tell you I’ve been drinking them like water. There’s just something about a cold beer after a long day of skiing that is just so perfect. My personal favorite, Cutthroat. Tasty stuff right there. Another notable brew? Polygamy Porter. Snarky name, good beer. Oh, and I can’t forget Yardsale. After a day of avoiding the inevitable crash and burn, a Yardsale is an appropriate option.
We went to the brewery for pre-dinner drinks one night and although I was not impressed with the service, the beer selection was pretty extensive. J had a jalapeno creme ale (for real) and I gulped down an Apricot Hefeweizen. I love apricot beers (weird) so I was happy and J’s beer, although too much for an entire pint, was interesting and not bad.
High West Distillery is another fun-filled option. They make a plethora of whiskey and vodka all inside this Old West style building which also, conveniently, has a bar – sorry – saloon. J opted for a flight of the good stuff where I, not being much of a whiskey drinker, was guided to a drink called the Peach Mule by the bartender. High West’s take on a Moscow Mule, it was made with their peach vodka, ginger syrup, lime juice, and muddled mint. Holy crap was that thing delicious. If you ever get out there order this drink – it’s not on the menu so not only will you look super cool, but you’ll have a really good drink to boot.
Now let us talk of food for a bit. In an effort to save a bit of money, we did not eat out all that often. Our lunches were typically standard lodge food and our dinners were cooked in our room. But we did manage to have two really, really extraordinary meals for the two dinners we ate out on Main Street. The first was at a place called The Riverhorse on Main. This restaurant is pretty fancy but very much worth the prices. Their rotating menu is full of all kinds of delicious treats, and my Tuna over avocado risotto was phenomenal. J and I also split their Caesar salad that came topped with a salty anchovy. A rarity to find whole in my salads and a nice surprise. (*note – anchovies are delicious and have a bad rep. Try one. They’re like little salty pieces of deliciousness.)
Our second meal out also happened to be the first night of Sundance. I firmly believed that we would never be able to obtain a reservation that night so when we were able to score a spot to eat at Silver, I was pretty excited. Not only was their service excellent (they rearranged our reservation, day of, to accommodate us after we scored film tickets that night) their food was a real treat. J and I vowed to split and order items that we usually would steer clear from and trust the judgment of our waitress. This resulted in a meal of grilled baby octupos (prepared perfectly with ricotta gnocchi served with oxtail ragu. Different but delightfully so, and just plain wonderful. I would have killed to stay a bit longer and order the black walnut creme brulee but we were running low on time.
So there you have it, my tasty recommendations for Park City, Utah. Not only is it absolutely stunning out there (seriously, take a look here) but there are all kinds of wonderful things to try besides tumbling down a double black diamond hill. And these might be safer…
Happy Monday everyone!