Park City, Utah has gained quite a reputation over the years as not only an amazing destination that is outdoor activity centric, it has become known far and wide to foodies everywhere as offering numerous world class dining options. Whether you’re looking for a great family dining experience, or an exceptional five-star meal, you’ll never get bored with all of your options! Along with your fantastic culinary experience, you’ll perhaps want to enjoy a hand crafted libation from one of Park City’s finest mixologists. From award winning cocktails to homemade root beer, there’s something to quench everyone’s taste!
Must Try Park City Cocktails:
Twice a year Park City hosts a cocktail contest open to all local area bartenders. It’s a fantastic event with proceeds going to a local charity, and it allows attendees a chance to taste-test some amazing and unique drink concoctions. A panel of judges deliberates and assigns points to each entry, and after numerous very competitive rounds, a winner is crowned. This spring, the lucky recipient of the coveted Spring Cocktail Contest top honors was the Deer Valley Grocery Cafe, and they won with their Flower & Pine cocktail. A very sophisticated beverage, it is crafted from Beefeater Gin, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur and Peychaurd Bitters. What’s fantastic is that the winning cocktail is available at Park City restaurants and bars throughout the area. However, if you would like to go straight to the source, head over to the Deer Valley Grocery Cafe, sit out on their charming deck overlooking a serene pond and the slopes of Deer Valley, enjoy a bite to eat and sip away on this award winning creation.
If cocktails aren’t your thing and you’re a bigger fan of craft brews, head to the top of Main Street and delight in one of the seasonal offering at the Wasatch Brew Pub. They always have the usual favorites on hand, like their Wasatch Hefe-weizen. This traditional German-style unfiltered wheat beer is created using a hybrid Bavarian yeast strain which brings with it the flavors of clove, licorice and banana. This is a truly authentic Hefe and has won multiple awards at the American Beer Festival! Wasatch Brew Pub also offers seasonal favorites, and their yummy summer offering if the Raspberry Wheat beer. The brew is crafted from their traditional wheat beer, and then raspberries are added to kiss it with the taste of summer…delicious! Wasatch offers many more locally made beers, visit them at 250 Main Street for lunch on their patio and a sampling of their beers. Another great local brewery is Red Rock Brewing Company, located in Kimball Junction. They too offer a wide variety of hand created beers. What’s great, is they also have homemade Rootbeer and Cream Soda for those non-beer drinkers at the table. Cheers!
Another great stop on the dining and cocktail tour is Talisker on Main, a Talisker restaurant that features an urban ambiance one would expect to find in Manhattan. Along with their fabulous menu, they offer one of the areas best wine lists and have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for their stellar wine offerings. If you request a table in the Wine Room, you’ll be surrounded by bottle and bottles of wine all housed in thier modern wine cellar…it’s my favorite area to dine in within the restaurant! They also have a very chic outdoor dining area that includes a lovely outdoor fireplace – a fantastic setting to sit back and enjoy an amazing glass of wine on a signature Park City Summer evening!
When you’re done enjoying some fabulous mountain style cocktails, head back to your luxury vacation home located in the Silver Lake Village area of Deer Valley. The Red Cloud vacation home is nestled in at mid-mountain level in Deer Valley and is just across the street from the slopes of the resort, which gives you great mountain biking and hiking access. You’ll relish in an evening topped off sitting in your private Jacuzzi Tub, or let all of your stress melt away in the steam shower located in the Master Bedroom. Sit out on your deck and enjoy the mountain views, or really unwind and have a massage therapist visit you at Red Cloud while your very own private chef prepares dinner in your gourmet kitchen. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it?
About Jim Bizily
I am an outdoor enthusiast, parent of two awesome boys, and Property Manager in beautiful Park City, Utah. After years in engineering and entrepreneurial projects, I decided to move to Park City Utah to start a business managing lodging and vacation rentals.