Since 1983, Baja Cantina has been serving affordable Mexican cuisine in a family-friendly environment at the base of Park City Mountain Resort. After a day of playing in the snow, stop in for lunch or dinner to warm up inside the quaint and festive bar and restaurant. The bar is fully stocked with a large selection of tequilas and a margarita menu to match. For the daring: Try a Coronita tipped over into any margarita for a memorable (or not so memorable!) libation. Start with the cantina taquitos or chicken flautas, both local favorites, and order from a full menu of classic Mexican fare. Baja Cantina serves fresh fish tacos daily and also has a menu for los niños. This long-standing Park City establishment will satisfy everyone’s Mexican craving.
Fried chicken and beer. Is there anything better? The owner of Sammy’s Bistro proves affordable food can be delicious with his new concept, Bird & Barley. Serving Southern fried chicken, ribs, rotisserie chicken and beer, this place is about tasty comfort food in a casual setting. Choose to eat at the restaurant or take your food to-go. With family style options and pricing (their eight-piece fried chicken is a steal at $28), Bird & Barley is the perfect choice if you want a home-cooked meal but don’t feel like cooking. The $9.95 plate meal comes with a meat and two sides, like macaroni and cheese, broccoli slaw or roasted beets. Don’t eat meat? The vegetarian plate comes with three sides, or “put a bird on” any salad for a lighter meal. If you’re a beer aficionado, then Bird & Barley is a must-stop, with some exclusive brews, such as Wasatch Brewery’s Jalapeno Cream Ale.
Tapas are popular for a good reason. They always encourage socializing, because the focus is not on a full meal set before you, but on the ability to share many tasty plates throughout one dinner. Bodega on Main fills that void for Park City. A summer vacation to Spain inspired restaurateurs Nicholas Smurthwaite and Paola Bello to open this modern-style Spanish tapas bar that mixes traditional plates with new twists. Just steps from Main Street, this lively outpost is a superb choice for a night out, whether that’s a large gathering or an intimate date. The concept is simple: good food, drinks and great service in a relaxing setting. Favorites include clams, calamari, lamb lollipops, croquettes and the only paella in town. A healthy wine list includes several Spanish wines. The rustic and welcoming vibe is achieved through the use of wood planks and metal — it’s both hip and cozy at the same time.
Boneyard Saloon & Kitchen offers a great bar and restaurant for locals looking to get off Main Street. Like most great hidden gems, this gastropub is a favorite among all types for its wood-fired cooking and elevated bar food. But it still retains its locals-only feel, with its long bar and community tables. Nestled in an old lumber yard revamped with lots of metal and wood, Boneyard prepares most of the dishes in a custom-built, wood-fired charcoal grill. Find great burgers, classic steaks and juicy ribs, with deep depth of flavor from the grill’s heat and smoke, cooked by chef Chris Parker. With a beer selection that boasts 90 varieties and uncommon craft cocktails, Boneyard lets you find anything you desire, day or night. It is also a perfect spot to watch any game, with two 75-inch big screens and four 65-inch TVs.
At Burgers & Barley, just because it’s fast doesn’t mean it’s not made fresh. This quick take-out or dine-in restaurant in Prospector offers house-made specialty burgers alongside an impressive beer selection. The 8-ounce burgers are made with fresh, local beef and served on bread made by a local bakery. Whether you are a meat lover or a vegetarian, or anything in between, you will find a large selection of items to choose from, including veggie burgers and chicken sandwiches. Specialty burgers offer unique options, but there are also snacks (think corndog nuggets and fried green beans), salads, soups, and mac and cheese. The prices are very reasonable (nothing on the menu goes over $15) to feed a family of any size. Hungry for dessert? The fried Oreos are hard to beat.
Cena Ristorante and Lounge serves up a delicious blend of cuisine and atmosphere for the finest in Park City dining. With an Italian-inspired menu and warm hospitality, this award-winning eatery strikes a scrumptious balance of comfort food and culinary sophistication. The neighboring lounge’s copper-topped bar and windows-to-the-slopes backdrop lend themselves to a lively après-ski gathering or lunchtime pints and pizza. Head to this mid-mountain destination for a meal anytime. The breakfast buffet is an unbeatable way to start the day. At dinner, not-to-be missed dishes include tender pork osso buco and the delicious brick-oven pizzettas. In this intimate atmosphere, don’t be surprised if Executive Chef Chris Wellmon appears tableside for a chat. From the first sip of award-winning vino to the last spoon of gelato, you will be pleased with this choice.
Collie’s lives up to its name as a sports bar with numerous flat-screen televisions, an inviting bar and a pool table, but the food is above and beyond what you’d expect from your typical watering hole. Almost half of the menu is house-smoked barbecue made with house rub and sauces, and it’s all smoked in a 500-pound smoker in the kitchen. The smoked brisket is a favorite, and with some luck you’ll get there in time to score some of the burnt ends before they run out. The rest of the menu feeds your cravings for great burgers, sandwiches and crispy steak fries. After a hike, bike or stroll along Main Street, stop into Collie’s to quench your thirst with over 80 selections of beer.
If you have a midsummer craving for the delicious cuisine that Deer Valley is known for, don’t worry, you don’t have to wait until winter for a bite. At Deer Valley Grocery~Café, you’ll find many of the resort’s famous specialties, from its turkey chili to its house-made cheeses to assorted jumbo cookies and more. Open for breakfast, lunch and early supper or takeout, this convenient spot in the Snow Park area can make your day. Start with fresh-roasted coffee and a hearty breakfast wrap. Come midday, seek out a salad made with local seasonal ingredients or sandwiches like the tandoori chicken curry wrap. Finish the day with a standout sweet treat, such as the Deer Valley carrot cake. If you feel like eating at home, the selection of gourmet grocery items and house-prepared take-away entrées will give you many options.
Finding made-from-scratch food at a sports bar is rare, but Drafts isn’t a typical sports bar. This gastropub at Westgate Resort gives its food a gourmet twist. Don’t miss the Tatchos, tater tot nachos covered in a smoky Gouda sauce, bacon, green onions and sour cream. Order from six types of wings — from the low-heat honey chipotle to the spiciest ghost pepper barbecue — plus handcrafted burgers and homemade pizzas. If you are famished after a big day of adventuring, then Drafts’ Best of State award-winning burgers will hit the spot. Enjoy a half a pound of never-frozen certified Angus ground beef patty, and pick your bun, including pretzel, wheat or a lettuce wrap. A great kids’ menu means this place is perfect for a family night out. Featuring more than 50 beers and a fully stocked bar, Drafts is also a lively choice for watching a game on 17 big-screen TVs.
dining to Park City. With big New York-style slices made from fresh, high-quality ingredients, Este keeps customers coming back for more. Here, you will find salads, make-your-own pizzas, calzones, stromboli and even vegan buffalo wings (served with vegan ranch dressing, too). Este’s menu aims to please any type of eater. For meat lovers, the Vortman comes piled high with pepperoni, ham, sausage and homemade meatballs. Or go vegetarian with the Green 4: spinach, tomatoes, red onions and garlic. Vegans won’t be left out, as Este offers five varieties of pies just for them. Don’t miss the breaded and baked ravioli to start or the zeppoles (Italian doughnuts) to finish. Eat in or take out. Either way, you’ll be satisfied with well-made food prepared by locals who know how to do it right.