This is part three of our #WellnessWednesday series, where we’ll discuss a healthy eating trend and share our favorite places to try it out in Park City. Catch up on part one (healthy ski snacks!) here and part two (to be gluten-free, or not to be?) here.
The American West is better known for steak and buffalo burgers than its vegan cuisine. But across the country, plant-based diets have been trending up. According to GrubHub, a restaurant takeout service, vegan orders have increased nearly 20 percent year-over-year.
People are switching over to more plant-based diets for many reasons — moral, environmental and health. But no matter what their reasons, vegans still want their food to taste delicious. They just want it without meat, eggs, dairy or fish.
Luckily, finding appetizing vegan food in Park City isn’t too hard. Whether going vegan is your own dietary preference, a friend’s or a family member’s, we’re here to help.
Below are a few of our favorite places to find vegan food in Park City. At these seven restaurants, you can eat well, and know you’re helping out the environment, animals and your body, at the same time.
Satisfy meat lovers, cheese lovers and veg heads alike at this pizzeria in Prospector Square. Along with the typical Italian fare, Este offers a selection of six types of vegan pizzas, and they even have vegan “chick-un” buffalo wings for an appetizer.
This elegant space on Main Street serves delicious Asian-inspired cuisine. Along with the sushi staples, Yuki Yama also has a few spectacular vegan maki rolls, such as the O-Ren Ishii (grilled vegetables, topped with charred greens, sesame seeds and yuzu pepper vinaigrette) and the Azumi (tempura yam, carrot, greens, avocado, cilantro and roasted Brussels sprout slaw).
According to the manager, many vegan customers say that Riverhorse serves their favorite veggie-friendly dishes in Park City. Considering that their classic dishes include red meat and fish, it’s pretty remarkable that the menu also includes a number of vegetarian dishes. This season, you could enjoy stuffed acorn squash, or vegetable risotto with wild mushrooms, tomato, spinach and grilled leeks — but note that the menu changes seasonally.
Located at the bottom of Main Street, Harvest offers a tempting selection of breakfast and lunch dishes with fresh, flavorful ingredients. Plenty of dishes are vegan, or can be made vegan. Our suggestion: Get the Buddha Bowl of Goodness, which contains brown rice, butternut pumpkin puree, oven-roasted tomatoes, fermented cabbage, pickled onions, avocado, herb salad, seeds and miso ginger dressing — just ask for it without the egg or ritcotta.
Committed to seasonal, locally-sourced foods, Twisted Fern is an ideal option for vegans. While much of the menu features meat, there are also plenty of tasty vegan-friendly choices, such as the lentil-mushroom burger, or the cavatelli pasta with squash, beets, greens, broccolini, stewed eggplant and tomato.
This Aussie import serves up fresh, local cuisine that’s satisfying, healthy and beautiful. One vegan highlight on the breakfast menu is the Hulk Smoothie Bowl, with spinach, matcha, banana, mint, dates, cacao, coconut creme, granola and coconut. For lunch, go for the roasted cauliflower salad with hummus and pomegranate seeds, sans poached egg.
At this locally owned community market and café, you’ll find an abundance of natural and nutritious foods to carry out or dine in. Fairweather offers a wide array of vegan soups, salads, and sandwiches, as well as organic baked goods, plus gluten-free options. Don’t miss the vegan “chicken salad,” made with tempeh, veganaise, celery and onions.