In September 2018, chefs from Park City restaurants Handle, Tupelo Park City, Riverhorse on Main, Stein Eriksen Lodge, and Deer Valley Resort presented a dinner at New York’s iconic James Beard House, celebrating the mountain town’s culinary reputation on a global stage. “Mountain town visitors usually expect some quick dining option during a break from recreation, but Park City dining has genuinely evolved over the years,” says Director of Communications at Visit Park City, Dan Howard. Here’s a firsthand account of what not to miss. 

Handle

Old Town

After landing in Salt Lake City and Uber-ing 40 minutes to Park City, my first stop is Handle. Located in Old Town, its varied menu of small bites and larger plates is indicative of its creative vibe. Chef Briar Handly serves a regularly evolving menu inspired by locally sourced produce and creative cocktails. Start with the General Tso’s Cauliflower—a vegan version of the traditional dish, followed by the Fried Chicken Breast, crisp and tender, with a hint of spice and miso cremeux to finish.  

—handleparkcity.com 

High West Saloon

Old Town

No visit to Park City is complete without a visit to High West, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. Today, this gastro-distillery, saloon, and restaurant teases the most discerning cocktail connoisseur. Surprisingly, Utah (which has some of the most restrictive alcohol laws in the U.S.) has a long-standing tradition of distilling spirits. According to hooch historians at High West, the state’s early pioneers distilled alcohol as “medicine,” despite Brigham Young’s prohibition of saloons. They crafted the Valley Tan cocktail, “the exclusive Mormon refresher” as Mark Twain once described. Taste Valley Tan, or my favorite: Campfire, a blend of rye, bourbon, and scotch.  

—highwest.com 

Yuki Yama Sushi

Old Town

Though mountain towns love steakhouses, sushi is paramount, too. Located in Old Town, Yuki Yama, which translates to “Snow Mountain,” brings the heart of Japan to the Wasatch Mountains. Executive Chef Kirk Terashima and Chef de Cuisine Cedric Woodward serve fresh fish flown in from around the world, as well as ramen bowls, unique sashimi plates, and hot dishes. Order the Omakase, which allows chefs to surprise you with creative preparations of Hamachi, wagyu, and mirugai

yukiyamasushi.com 

Riverhorse on Main

Main Street

Recognized as the coveted restaurant reservation in the historic district, Riverhorse is alpine dining at its peak. Executive Chef and Co-Owner Chef Seth Adams serves Utah game (elk and bison), trout, and vegetarian dishes in a dining room overlooking Main Street. The Riverhorse team also recently opened Provisions by Riverhorse, a grocery café located at the top of Main Street in a preserved historic home. 

—riverhorseparkcity.com 

Tupelo Park City

Deer Valley Resort

One of Park City’s newest restaurants, Tupelo and Chef Matt Harris have quickly been recognized as rising stars on the national culinary scene. Harris is opening a second outlet named Rime, located at the top of Deer Crest (Deer Valley Resort), serving lobster rolls, chowder, and fresh oysters flown in daily.

—tupeloparkcity.com

The Mariposa

Silver Lake Lodge

Often named one of the finest restaurants in Park City, Mariposa is that rare on-mountain dining experience open year-round and reached by vehicle. The Silver Lake Lodge setting is a beautiful complement to an incredible wine list and a dinner menu of elevated pork, beef, and fish dishes. —deervalley.com