On the Road Eats: Park City, Utah

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Another awesome trip to Park City, Utah. The highlights- my daughter skied her first black, we all enjoyed the Olympic Park ropes course, zip line and 65 foot free fall and of course the food!

Hotel Park City, the Autograph Collection
Marriott has some great properties and I noticed that this was an all-suites hotel with a spa. Perfect! Every morning and afternoon they offered shuttle service to the mountain AND would drive you to town or dinner at night.  Plus there was a breakfast buffet every day!

Now for the restaurants –

Shabu:
Loved the atmosphere. Walk in, down the stairs and our table was ready (Thank you OpenTable!)  My daughter had a direct view of the sushi bar from where we sat so she was happy.   We ordered sake and some sushi, a couple appetizers and the black cod. Loved this spot!

Sammy’s Bistro:
Sometimes I will check the foodtv websites to see what restaurants the celeb chefs have profiled on their shows.  I found one for Park City and the whole family enjoyed it.  It was super casual(needed after skiing) and had a line out the door.  We even tried the “Chivito” Club Sandwich that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives and it was really good!  Need super casual and kid friendly with a great price point – THIS is your spot!

Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi:
I did some google searches and found The Female Foodie.  I had been to a bunch of spots that she recommended in Park City but this one was new to me.  This spot is closer to the Marriott rather than on Main Street. We enjoyed another dinner and loved the quotes all along the restaurant wall.

Slapfish:
A seafood shack in Park City – ok, we are headed to the tubing spot close by so let’s try it!

Buona Vita:
We decided to try an Italian spot although our first choice was not open on Mondays. Although I was not a fan of what I ordered (too much bacon in the pasta with clam sauce- strange, right?), my husband said his Alfredo was good. And of course my daughter loved her spaghetti and meatballs.

Pasta with Clams (and Bacon)
Pasta with Clams (and Bacon)

Java Cow:
After a full Italian meal you head north on Main Street to get ice cream. Sorbet for me, ice cream for them, we were all happy.

Java Cow Sorbet
Java Cow Sorbet

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse:
Yes, if you live in a major city you can dine at Ruth’s Chris but sometimes after a full day of skiing you are just too damn tired to leave the hotel. So, an elevator ride away we dined on French onion soup, bone in ribeyes with creamed spinach and sautéed mushrooms, splurged on a very rich lobster Mac and cheese and finished with Creme Brûlée to share. Time for bed!

Fletcher’s:
Last night of the trip and we were celebrating my birthday so I chose Fletcher’s.  I did try a few new things although stuck with the same biscuits, salad, and dessert that I loved from the last trip!

Let me know if I should add another spot to my list for the next trip!
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On the Road Eats: Park City, Utah

I have something to share with you.

Year 2 family ski trip and I don’t know who was more excited, my husband or my daughter.  Me, it was nice to get away, take some ski lessons(again with Don, the most fabulous and patient instructor at the Canyons!), go tubing, ride the Alpine Coaster for the first time(watch this video of a guy on the Alpine Coaster- yes- I did this.  Way out of my comfort zone!) and of course, be with the family.  But the joy on my daughter’s face every day made this a wonderful trip.  My favorite part, outside of family time, exploring the restaurants!

Waldorf Astoria Park City
We checked in the Waldorf Park City (like last year) and you are immediately relaxed by the decor and the pleasant staff.  As a gold member I was a bit disappointed that they did not have any upgraded rooms available since I had called prior to arriving and mentioned it was both my birthday and my daughter’s birthday and we were here to celebrate and ski. I will share that they had a special delivery for us on our first day that made my daughter super happy.  Not only did we get a basket full of chocolates, but we were surprised with a chocolate birthday cake, a bottle of champagne(for me and my husband) and a stuffed animal(for her).  She had brought the stuffed bunny they gave her last year so she was thrilled to have someone new to bring home.  Fast forward a day and we were moved into a suite with a kitchen, washer/dryer and two bathrooms(Husband and daughter very happy, which means I am happy too).  The front desk staff(Allesandra) and management are great, the ski concierge and hotel concierge are great, the bellman are great, actually – all of the staff are there to make sure the guests are happy.  And try to find some time to go to the spa.  I called it a day on the 3rd ski day and ended up there with Victor(I think that was his name) and had a great massage!  One of these days we will go back during the summer!

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Back to the food –

Drafts:
Drafts is a small bar/restaurant in Canyons village and super convenient to visit by taking the gondola from the Waldorf up to the village.  The food is nothing fancy, it’s a bar.  I started with Buffalo chili and my daughter and I shared Wings, my husband had the fish and chips.  The wings were good, the rest was fine.  Easy meal, convenient but again nothing fancy.

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Yuki Yama:
My daughter loves “sushi” (rice and seaweed and sometimes tuna) so we heard Yuki Yama is one of the best in town.  The concierge got us in early since we had been traveling all morning and getting skis and gear most of the afternoon.  Great spot!  We tried a few different rolls (Mr. Miyagi and Millipede) and yes, they made my daughter her rice and seaweed roll so everyone was happy.  Since this is right on Main Street we took the Waldorf shuttle and were back and in bed by 8:30pm.

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Powder at the Waldorf Park City
Last year I ordered the chilaquiles for breakfast and loved them so I had to at least eat here once during our trip.  Since we had a kitchen for most of it, we stopped at their local food store and brought in bagels, donuts, etc.  They also offer a buffet and a bunch of other great breakfast items.

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Red Pine Lodge(on the mountain at Canyons)
The next day was skiing and both my daughter and I took lessons.  Lunch for me was at Red Pine Lodge where I had a great kale caesar salad with grilled chicken….I was very surprised at how good it was! (yup – was so hungry I forgot the picture!)

The Farm
After our first full day of skiing we went to the Farm, knowing it was a quick ride up the gondola and a quick car ride back to the Waldorf.  We ate here last year and it was great.  I started with the Roasted Beets and Honey salad with Whipped honey ricotta and it was fantastic!  Next was Steelhead Trout with risotto.  My husband opted for something heavier and ordered the Tomahawk Pork Chop which I snuck a bite of – delicious!

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Miners Camp(on the mountain at Park City)
Another day on the slopes and this time I “graduated” to blues and took the Quicksilver Gondola over to Park City Mountain.  We ate at Miners camp and gyros were on the menu.  I had chicken skewers and was back on the mountain in 45 minutes!  We also stopped here on our third ski day and let me recommend the skewers over the pizza(too greasy).

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Fletcher’s
We tried to get to Fletcher’s last year but didn’t happen(too many good spots to choose from) so it was definitely on the list for this year.  It did not disappoint. We started with the bacon jam with cheddar chive biscuits and they were gone pretty quickly.  My husband and I shared the ugly heirloom tomato with burrata and pine nuts and thought it to be fantastic and then the beef short rib entrée.  Since we shared there was plenty of room for dessert.  So one blueberry white chocolate bread pudding and one warm butter cake – we left very happy!!!

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Chimayo:
Another spot on Main Street which makes the hotel shuttle such a convenience.  I left the hotel about 30 minutes early so I could walk around and shop a bit.  Then my daughter and husband met me for dinner at Chimayo.  First they have a full kids menu so my daughter was super happy and loved her dinner(quesadilla).  My husband and I both ordered the tortilla soup, more creamy than broth and it was delicious.  He ordered the trout fajitas(I wish I had a picture – they were fantastic) and I ordered the Elk, something new for me but something I will order again!

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Riverhorse on Main
This meal was an exact repeat of last year.  The pimento cheese starter, the Ahi Tuna Duo, Poached Pear & Burrata salad and two 10 oz. Bone-In Filet Mignon’s.  Great meal, great service.  The people of Park City say this is one of their best restaurants.

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Cat Cora’s Kitchen – SLC airport
we had time for one last stop since we were taking a mid-afternoon flight and I wanted a small meal before we boarded our flight.  Edamame and Avocado hummus with pita and then a grilled cheese and tomato soup.  The hummus was great and definitely a snack I would order again!

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Hoping to go back next year and have a new list started of where I want to eat!

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On the Road Eats: Park City, Utah

I have something to share with you.

My husband won the coin toss so off to Park City we go for a ski vacation. At almost 40,  I knew ski school would be tough for me and fun for my daughter but I was ready to take on the challenge.  Happy to report that my six-year-old is already better than me after two days of ski school!

Waldorf Astoria Park City
waldorf_roomThere is a Waldorf in Park City and it proved to be a great choice for our family vacation. We were hoping that the convenience of being close to the mountain would be a plus and it definitely was!  The powder room on the fourth floor was great to store our boots and the ski valet picked up and dropped off our skis each morning and afternoon.  As for the room, we needed a roll-away bed for our daughter and due to fire code ended up being “upgraded” to a Jr. Suite(see stock photo).  I was hoping as a Gold elite we would get a better upgrade especially since we “heard” the hotel occupancy wasn’t as high as expected but that didn’t happen.(Interesting how when you ask different people at the hotel about occupancy you get ALL different answers)  Would we go back?  Yes. But we would probably book a larger room next time!

The Canyons Ski School
If you are looking for a place to learn to ski, we had a great experience.  My daughter loved ski school and the class had four children and one instructor.  I signed up for the Ultimate 4 which was 4 women and one instructor.  And if you are looking for the most wonderful instructor, ask for Don.  AMAZING!!!!!!!  Especially if you need a boost in confidence!

Gorgoza Park: Park City Tubing
We needed a one day break from skiing and found a spot to go tubing.  Let me tell you – it was awesome!  You need to arrange transportation from the hotel to their location but it is a quick drive from the Canyons and so much fun.  You buy a pass for two hours, and go up the mountain, tube down and repeat!  The trick is to get there as early as possible since the crowds do get big.

Powder at the Waldorf Astoria
It was quite convenient to have a great breakfast spot at the hotel.  We only ate at Powder for breakfast a few days but I was able to get OpenTable points each morning we dined which was an extra bonus!  My daughter ordered the French Toast with berries and the chocolate chip pancakes.  My husband ordered the steel-cut oatmeal and an omelette.  I ordered the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with the blueberry compote one morning and the Chilaquiles the two other mornings – everything was delicious!

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Red Tail Grill At the Canyons
This was our first stop after we arrived as we needed to get our boots and skis at the rental shop and confirm ski school.  Very convenient to get to, the gondola from the Waldorf takes you up to the Canyons and this restaurant is at the base.  Since it was after 1pm, I ordered a bowl of the chili so I would not ruin my appetite for dinner.  A great place to stop at the end of the day, food is good and the patio is great to enjoy with a cold drink!  It was also our last stop before we left for a quick bite before heading to the airport(after dropping off the skis and boots).  I opted for the carnitas potato skins….will skip this next time!

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Purple Sage
A friend recommended this spot to us and it was great.  It felt very cozy with a small bar in the back and the staff were all very friendly.  Since we ate lunch on the later side, I wasn’t too hungry so I ordered the shrimp thinking it would be light.  It was served on golden griddled polenta cakes and a chipotle creamed leek sauce- Delicious!  My daughter ordered the mac and cheese which I loved and my husband ordered the house specialty, veal meatloaf.  I would definitely return to this restaurant!

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The Farm
I really enjoyed the Farm.  It is low key, casual with great food.  Depending on where you sit, you have a view of the mountain and they have a great patio for après ski.  We started with the oxtail soup, which they just won an award for, my husband had the chicken and dumplings and I ordered the trout.  I loved my dish….light, healthy and flavorful!  Plus, it’s super close to the hotel which meant an early bedtime.
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Zoom
“Oh Hubbell, how I wanted to love this restaurant.”  I fell in love with Mr. Redford the first time I saw The Way We Were as a tween and my expectations were set so high.  And I did love the atmosphere, and the server we had was fabulous, but how it pains me to say that I was underwhelmed by my choices.  My husband said his chicken was great but I opted for two small plates, the Pan Seared Scallops over grits and the Truffle Mac n Cheese.  Both were fine, but I guess I was expecting more. Hubbell – Maybe next time you can join me for dinner and make some personal recommendations!

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Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley
After a fun morning of skiing with the family, we stopped by the Stein Eriksen for lunch.  I was told this was the best spot for lunch and I opted for the skiers buffet while my husband ordered off the menu.  There was so much food, so many options and it took me a while to get back to the mountain because I ate way too much.  I started with the wild game chili, then tried some chicken from the carving station, some veggies, steak and cold shellfish.  Then I got to the desserts – cookies, parfait, jello, cobbler…..I think next time, I will need to stop by for dinner.  

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Grappa
I hate to report on a not so great meal but the best part of this meal was the homemade plain pasta my daughter ordered.  That was it.  I ordered Veal Osso Buco, one of my absolute favorite dishes, my husband ordered the Seafood Risotto, one of his favorite dishes, and BOTH of us were disappointed.  The happy part of the meal was handing the server a coupon that we found in the local paper for a buy one get one free dinner entrée.  Too Bad the meal wasn’t as good as the photos…

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Riverhorse on Main
Must go…..one of the best meals of the week.  The meal started out with a Chef’s surprise – in this case pimento cheese, delicious!  They also have a fabulous kids menu although geared towards an older child.  My daughter ordered the steak bites(see below) and felt very adult with that and a salad with ranch dressing.

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My husband and I shared the poached pear & burrata salad which was amazing and the ahi tuna duo appetizer.  We both ordered the bone-in filet and left the restaurant very happy.  This is definitely a “make a reservation through OpenTable” in advance.  The desserts looked great but we had already made the promise below!

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Java Cow
A must visit spot for ice cream at the end of a long day!  We made a promise that if “someone” ate all of their dinner, we would get ice cream.  Use this as your negotiating chip and both you and your child will be happy!  It’s right on Main Street and offers coffee, ice cream, fun items for purchase and the best part has lots of happy, smiling children!!!  Grab a seat inside or out front and enjoy!

 

The Eating Establishment
Rather than dining at the hotel every morning, we went into town one day for breakfast. We found this spot at the top of Main Street and enjoyed a nice quiet breakfast.  They offer skillets, eggs, pancakes, the normal menu items.  I chose corned beef hash –  it was good. Would I return, yes, but I may want to try some other spots first.

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At the end of the week, I definitely want to come back to ski AND to eat.  There were a few other places I wanted to try but we just didn’t have enough nights.  I am adding Fletcher’s, High West Distillery and Handle to the list for next time.

 

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