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Going to Park City relatively soon and am looking for some inside knowledge on where to eat, bars to hit, anything I shouldn't miss. I've never been and would like some help formulating a game plan.  

post #2 of 27

Added the tag for Park City.  Look under Topics Discussed and click on the link for a list of related threads.  Read a few and come back with more specific questions.  Everyone's interest are unique.

 

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post #3 of 27

Ski Utah Interconnect Tour - ski backcountry and through 6 resorts (Deer Valley, Park City, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird)

Steak dinner at Grub Steak - a Park City classic eating institution that has been around forever

Fine dining at Riverhorse - #1 rated PC restaurant on TripAdvisor and a very high quality meal

Drink bloody marys at the bar at J&G Grill - the best bloody marys I've ever head and their steaks are great too

Eat candied apples at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory - you can see them made at their shop on Main Street

Eat the signature turkey chili at Deer Valley - preferably at the Montage hotel if you are into luxurious surroundings

Dinner at the Red Iguana in Salt Lake City - their mole is excellent

post #4 of 27
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Ski Utah Interconnect Tour - ski backcountry and through 6 resorts (Deer Valley, Park City, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird)

While Interconnect sounds like fun, the price of $325 seems high. It was a lot more reasonable (when compared to daily lift ticket) years ago and may be part of everyone's UT skiing in future. I would probably only do it if someone else was paying for it.

 

I've also heard good things about seafood buffett at Deer Valley Snowpark base that may only be on Friday nights and it's always worthwhile to see what is going on at the Egyptian Theatre when you will be there.

 

Some other Park City restaurants I've been to more than once and can recommend:

Chimayo - A beautiful Southwestern style restaurant with a Crown Roast of Barbecued Spareribs that you have to see and try. Make reservation early.

El Chubasco - A little out of the way in shopping center on Bonanza. Very reasonable, fast and good Mexican food

 

Some places for drinks:

Wasatch Brew Pub

High West Distillery and Saloon

post #5 of 27


+1 on the High West Distillery. Big fan of their whiskey. Very tasty foods to go with it.

post #6 of 27

Drinks on the patio at the St. Regis. Weather permitting. The tour of Hi West's new facility at Blue Sky Ranch. With whiskey tasting afterwards. Really cool facility and location.  Sking down Town runs to Hi West in Old Town for lunch. 

post #7 of 27

Ooooooo, good info here.  I'm headed to Park City Feb 8-13, and need this kind of data.  I've only eaten on-hill, never stayed overnight.

 

 +1 on the Deer Valley seafood buffet, and the Stein Eriksen Lodge buffet is right up there too.  It was $35 for lunch there a few years ago - they didn't list the price beforehand and I had just enough cash in pocket to cover the bill (don't like using plastic for meals).  I guess it's the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" kind of deal at Stein Eriksen.

 


Edited by SpikeDog - 1/8/16 at 2:32pm
post #8 of 27

Info is very helpful as I will be heading there on my guys' ski trip January 30-Feb 6.  Looking forward to the trip!  By the way, given the liquor laws in Utah, where is the best place to stock up on good beer and wine?

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Info is very helpful as I will be heading there on my guys' ski trip January 30-Feb 6.  Looking forward to the trip!  By the way, given the liquor laws in Utah, where is the best place to stock up on good beer and wine?


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Info is very helpful as I will be heading there on my guys' ski trip January 30-Feb 6.  Looking forward to the trip!  By the way, given the liquor laws in Utah, where is the best place to stock up on good beer and wine?


I'm an not an expert on this, but I think you can only buy wine, hard liquor or beer that is stronger than 3.2% by weight at state liquor store. I stayed at friend's house in Holladay that was within walking distance of a store with great selection, but prices were higher than in CA. The one in Park City does not have very good reviews.

 

From http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11194 "Only beer with less than 3.2% alcohol by weight can be sold in grocery and convenience stores or on tap."

post #11 of 27

byob if you're checking luggage. 

 

Beer, might as well just drink the 3.2 beer and drink more, don't get caught up on it.  The altitude may make up a bit for the effects on you anyway. 

 

If you're coming from OR, all the "good" stuff is at  home anyway and you'll just feel i can get this cheaper at home.  

Coming from CA, I sigh at the "Napa Valley" wine options as our swill is labeled with high premium prices when I'm in SLC.

post #12 of 27

The state liquor stores have a decent selection of brews, wine, and booze.  There is where you'll find >3.2% beer, both domestic & imports.  If you go to the local Smith's or Albertsons, yes, you're going to get 3.2 beer.  Utah's liquor laws are somewhat arcane, but I've never felt like I was denied from having a good time in any bar or restaurant using that as an excuse.

 

3.2% by weight is equivalent to 4.0% by volume.  Most beer labels have the % by volume listed, since it's easier to measure that with a hygrometer.  See, it's not that bad......

post #13 of 27

If you're in PC, there are least 2 decent liquor stores. The best one is near PCMR across parking lot from Fresh market. The wine and liquor selection is actually pretty good. Not as thrilled with the beer selection, but still a decent selection. And I think the local brews are actually quite good. If you like IPA's, I recommend Hop Rising from Epic Brewery. For wines, personally, I think you get better values internationally. Particuarly, Argentina malbecs, French Rhones, Australian Shiraz, etc. They have a decent selection of all that. Like Spikedog, said, i don't feel like utah liquor laws get in my way. But plan on the liquor stores being closed on Sundays and holidays. So, plan ahead.

post #14 of 27
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Ooooooo, good info here.  I'm headed to Park City Feb 8-13, and need this kind of data.  I've only eaten on-hill, never stayed overnight.

 

 +1 on the Deer Valley seafood buffet, and the Stein Eriksen Lodge buffet is right up there too.  It was $35 for lunch there a few years ago - they didn't list the price beforehand and I had just enough cash in pocket to cover the bill (don't like using plastic for meals).  I guess it's the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" kind of deal at Stein Eriksen.

 

 

Steins buffet lunch is $38 this year. The menu varies, but I heard a report there was pheasant available a couple weeks ago. That should give you an idea of the kind of buffet it is. Don't plan on skiing the Daly chutes afterward.

post #15 of 27

Mountain Express magazine has a good list of places to eat in Park City. Here's a map.

post #16 of 27

Since I haven't booked lodging yet would there be any preference of staying near town or down at an area like Bear Hollow?

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Since I haven't booked lodging yet would there be any preference of staying near town or down at an area like Bear Hollow?

I've stayed at the Park City Peaks Hotel which is on the free bus line and a short ride to town or slopes. Has inside and outside hot tubs & pools plus included buffet breakfast.

 

Also within walking distance to liquor store.

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Since I consider myself a drinker with a skiing problem, here's a gouge:

 

ANY draft beer or beer bought at a grocery store or 7/11, etc. is 3.2%, awful, and is to be avoided.  Unless you are into that.

 

ANY beer bought at a state liquor store or ordered at the bar in a BOTTLE is normal strength, generally speaking.  You can get full-strength IPA's, they won't trick you.  But at the bar, it's got to be in a bottle.

 

One of life's finer pleasures is skiing into town for lunch at the High West Distillery, located near the bottom of the Town Lift. Turn right immediately before you ski over the big bridge, and you'll be right beside it.  Click off your boards, cross the street, and lay your sticks on the building before you enter, just like everyone else did. If you can find any better mac & cheese anywhere in the world, please tell me about it.  After lunch, get back on the town lift and carry on.  I live at Canyons Village base, it's quite the fun trek to ski over and back for lunch, and it's not too hard to get 30+ thousand vertical getting to and fro.


Edited by V1 Oops - 1/16/16 at 6:40pm
post #19 of 27
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Since I haven't booked lodging yet would there be any preference of staying near town or down at an area like Bear Hollow?

I've had a place at Bear Hollow since 2008. It's basically Kimball Junction area. If you have a car, I think staying anyplace in PC area is fine. If no car, then you want to be very close to a bus stop or near a lift. If you really like the Old Town area and don't want to drink or eat anywhere else, then it would be nice to be walking distance to Old Town. Otherwise, it doesn't matter much. Generally, it's cheaper the farther you get from slopeside or Old Town. 

post #20 of 27
Where do you think the best bet, crowd wise, for skiing our first day on January 31st? It's the last day of Sundance. Deer Valley or Park City/Canyons?
post #21 of 27

Probably either is fine. 

post #22 of 27
Deer Valley.
post #23 of 27
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Where do you think the best bet, crowd wise, for skiing our first day on January 31st? It's the last day of Sundance. Deer Valley or Park City/Canyons?

I don't think it matters. During Sundance, Park City is bursting with people who spend the day indoors watching films, walking from one venue to another talking on phones about very important things, or sitting drinking coffee and smoking and discussing very important things. Restaurants and bars are packed every night with them, sitting for hours at a table discussing very important things. Lodging is taken by film people and since most of them don't ski, the mountain is nicely empty of non-locals. That's good for skiers, bad for the resort. I've not skied DV when Sundance is here, but the crowd is probably also very sparse.
post #24 of 27
Thanks for all of the advice. Sounds like eating in the first night will avoid all of the Sundance dinner crowds. Can't wait to get there!
post #25 of 27
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Where do you think the best bet, crowd wise, for skiing our first day on January 31st? It's the last day of Sundance. Deer Valley or Park City/Canyons?

Most of the ski shops in the Salt Lake area have discount January-only Deer Valley tickets for ninety-some dollars. So if you're coming through Salt Lake and don't mind stopping, you might be able to save a few bucks for the 31st at Deer Valley.

post #26 of 27

I was there last week and especially liked the chicken fajitas at El Chubasco on Bonanza Street and the grilled salmon salad with capers at the Wasatch Brewery on Main Street - their Niman ranch burger was tops as well.

post #27 of 27
Anybody have a suggestion for a good rental shop in town?
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