Blind Dog Celebrates 20 Years With a New Look and New Menu Items

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To commemorate two decades in business, Blind Dog recently unveiled new menu items and a revamped interior. But regulars need not worry: the old standby’s friendly ambience and delicious chocolate chip cookies all remain.

“If we do the math in dog years, [the restaurant]was getting up there,” said Executive Chef and proprietor Penn Kinsey. “It wasn’t that the old bar was broken, or not up to par. It was that we wanted to give the old girl a face lift for her 20th.” To that effect, they added back brick walls to the east and west side of the restaurant. They also removed the former shelving, and Kinsey’s husband, Derrick, built metal shelving from scratch to allow more light.

Blind Dog Bar

The new bar features a new brick wall and metal shelves to brighten things up.

They also rearranged the artwork, painted and replaced the bar and tabletops with teak—”as a nod to our former fishing days,” Kinsey, who originally hails from Delaware, said. “The warmth of the wood and smell of the teak oil makes us feel like we are closer to the ocean.”

Feeling like you’re on the coast is quite the challenge in a landlocked state like Utah, as any seafood restaurant proprietor or chef knows all too well. But Kinsey manages to do just that — thanks to a menu that focuses on seafood, as well as a brand-new, expanded raw bar.

Blind Dog Oysters

A selection of oysters, lobster and king crab on the new raw bar.

“We still offer the best-selling items from the sushi bar, but we added platters and towers, which have everything from poached lobster tails to oysters and clams,” Kinsey says. They’ve also added more oyster selections, as well as littleneck clams, colossal shrimp and king crab, to the menu.
Fans of poke will be pleased to see more selections in that category, too. They’ve added beet “poke” for vegans and vegetarians, as well as lobster poke. Kinsey’s favorite new addition is the surf and turf platter —Ahi tuna tataki and Kobe beef tataki with a black garlic ponzu, micro greens and toasted sesame seeds.
On the night we went, we tried the Ahi tuna nachos, and firecracker roll — both winners. But if you’re not a big seafood person, don’t worry — favorites such as the burger, crispy yardbird, and “Penny’s signature dreamloaf” all remain on the menu as well.
Blind Dog 20 yrs

Ahi Tuna Nachos

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Locke Hughes is a freelance writer and health coach currently based in Park City. Her approach to health and life in general is all about balance. In other words, she believes long hikes, hot yoga, white wine, and delicious food each play an important role in a happy life. Follow her outdoors and eating adventures on Instagram @lockeitdown.

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