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.
This family-run restaurant set in a brick building on historic Main Street has been a Park City staple for more than 28 years. Owner and chef Ed Axtell and his daughter Carly prepare hearty cuisine inspired by northern Italy and southern France, served in a cozy yet contemporary setting. Cafe Terigo is a perfect spot to catch up with friends for lunch, glass of wine in hand, or linger over your dinner, illuminated by the light of flickering candles. This laid-back eatery is known for its wine list and signature bread pudding, but make sure to sample the gourmet main entrées. Salads and sandwiches are the stars at lunch, as well as pizzas. At dinner, find entrées such as house-made pastas and the popular herb-breaded Utah trout. A heated outdoor patio means you can enjoy people-watching at the historic Main Street locale when the weather permits.
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.
Whether you are in the mood to be naughty or if you are always nice, Church Public House has options for you. All under one roof, you can experience the moodier “hell” or the airier “heaven” side of this multilevel and multifaceted design space. The menu pairs well with the concept, offering fresh salads and lighter options alongside dishes that would make almost anyone want to be bad (think fried chicken and waffles, steak with chimichurri and pasta carbonara). There is locally sourced food and chefs making everything from the sauces to the desserts in-house. But after you eat, you won’t want to leave. Switch rooms and settings to find a new ambience where you can digest in one of the cozy bar spots while you unwind with a creative cocktail. This summer, look for events like regular gospel brunches and live music. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, you may never leave Church early again.
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.
Heirloom American food forged by the power of flame. At Firewood, celebrated local chef John Murcko is at the forefront of a national trend and firing up regionally sourced cuisine over an open flame. The centerpiece of this show kitchen is a 14-foot custom grill, where everything is prepared with a smoker, flame or embers and infused with flavors from apple, oak or cherry wood. Think Arctic char with fire-roasted clams or ember-roasted cauliflower salad. But not everything has a flame-fired taste. Some dishes may only have a subtle hint of smoke (desserts are prepared with a regular stove). This recently renovated Main Street space is equally impressive for its design, which Murcko and his father dreamed up — and built much of — themselves. Leather, exposed hardwood and forged steel serve as the backdrop to this cozy-feeling restaurant. This is a Park City must-see. Don’t miss a visit to the Nickel Bar downstairs.
If you’re looking for a hip place that offers something for everyone, Fletcher’s should be your pick. The sleek downtown restaurant serves small plates if you just want to share some snacks and drinks. But there are plenty of main-course options for a longer evening out, too. Gluten-free? No problem. The restaurant specializes in making sure those who skip gluten don’t feel left out and offers many innovative options. The owners aim to create a restaurant and lounge dedicated to making people happy, and they have done that by providing fresh, local and all-natural dishes using ingredients from nearby farms practicing sustainable agriculture. The handcrafted cocktails won’t disappoint you, either. Enjoy them in the two upper dining floors, or in the lively lounge downstairs, where there are DJs every Friday and Saturday night. Chef Scott Boberek aims for simple but masterfully prepared meals.
With a warm atmosphere (and cold fish), Flying Sumo has become a favorite sushi spot for both Park City locals and tourists. Most importantly, it’s known for its great Japanese food with fresh fish and quality ingredients, mixed with home cooking and reasonable prices. Recently renovated, the restaurant is both modern and playful, with an origami paper crane chandelier and black-and-white photos of sumo wrestlers covering the walls. There is a long, welcoming sushi bar and cozy tables for optimal sushi sharing. The menu features nigiri, sashimi, uramaki, hosomaki and specialty rolls as well as kitchen specials like the teriyaki bowl, Korean beef barbecue and even some options for the little sumos, including popcorn shrimp and fish and chips.
There’s a reason Fuego is Park City’s favorite neighborhood Italian bistro. With affordable prices and a family-friendly atmosphere, this is the place to go for any occasion. A lunch for large groups, an evening out with the kids or even date night are all good reasons to choose this pizzeria and Italian bistro, which is always easy on the wallet. Make sure to select from one of their many pizzas, cooked perfectly crispy in a wood-fired oven. The Wasatch — with a honey-tomato-chipotle sauce, mozzarella, pancetta, pineapple and cilantro — is a favorite. If you’re looking for something hearty, the Pollo Pompeii is a house specialty — lightly breaded chicken is sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, cream, Parmesan, spinach, mushrooms and a side of pasta. Fuego’s has a long list of sandwiches and salads, a full bar and a great wine selection, so there is something for everyone.