Utah Food Guide (Park City + SLC)

January 3, 2020
Utah Food Guide - MSST

For almost every winter break since I was in middle school, my family and I have traveled up to the mountains to ski. This year, my uncle and my cousin came to visit from China, so we took them to Park City. We’d never been to Utah before, and WOW! The snow was just incredible. It had snowed for a couple days before we got there, and it was perfectly powdery and in great condition to ski.

Per usual, today I’m going to be sharing all the restaurants we ate in Utah! I actually debated on whether or not to make this post, because I didn’t bring my professional camera with me, and 99% of the photos were taken in horrible yellow lighting. But the food and the memories were just too good not to share. I hope y’all enjoy!

Freshie’s Lobster Co (SLC)

Utah Food Guide - MSST
Utah Food Guide - MSST

Freshie’s is a little seafood cafe located in both Salt Lake and Park City, and is the perfect location to eat a light lunch. We had just arrived in Utah and gotten off the plane, and it was the perfect little meal to fill us up for the drive to Park City.

I ordered the lobster roll and my dad had the lobster bisque, but there are so many things on the menu that I still want to try! Keep in mind, it is a little pricey for the amount of food you get, but it’s such high quality and the seafood is so fresh that I think it’s worth the splurge.

Purple Sage (Park City)

Utah Food Guide - MSST
Utah Food Guide - MSST
Utah Food Guide - MSST
Utah Food Guide - MSST

Purple Sage was incredible. Ohmygosh… probably my favorite out of all the places we went to in Utah. They serve rustic, western American cuisine, with really unique and innovative dishes. The walls are painted to reflect the whole cowboy/wild west theme of the restaurant (a great touch to the place!) However, like I mentioned above, the dim, yellow lighting wasn’t ideal for taking good photos here.

To start, we ordered their signature charcuterie board, featuring house-made jam and pickles, cheddar cheese, sausage, and some other delicious items. I ordered the sugar and chili cured duck, which was SO great, but the portion was huge! The plate was half filled with mac n’ cheese and snap peas. I was completely stuffed after my meal! Like, full on food baby. My cousin also had a huge cone of herb fries, made with sage (I think?). So so good!

The Bridge Cafe and Grill (Park City)

Utah Food Guide - MSST
Utah Food Guide - MSST

The Bridge Cafe was probably the most convenient location possible for us, because it’s located right next to one of the Park City lifts. We ate here twice, because as soon as we finished, we were able to head next door to the rental, pick up our gear, and head to the slopes! The restaurant itself serves all-day breakfast with an added Brazilian flair. Most of their dishes have a little ethnic touch to them, and I thoroughly enjoyed.

I ordered the Cristo Rendentor, which is basically a Monte Cristo sandwich all wrapped up in a french toast. My mom had the brioche breakfast, which was just a fancy looking breakfast sandwich. If you are staying near the Town Lift at Park City, I would highly recommend giving this restaurant a visit!

Baan Thai Cuisine + Bar (Park City)

Utah Food Guide - MSST
Utah Food Guide - MSST

Again, another location with dim, yellow lighting. These photos are definitely a poor reflection of the food! There wasn’t a lot of Asian food around where we stayed, and Baan was located right next to our hotel, so naturally we had to give it a try. They serve some pretty bomb Thai food, and all of their dishes are so nice and aesthetically garnished.

We ordered the fried calamari as a starter, which came with a yummy spicy dipping sauce. I had the green curry with brown rice as an entree, which was a little sweeter than I usually like my curries, but nonetheless a great meal.

Buona Vita (Park City)

Utah Food Guide - MSST
Utah Food Guide - MSST

On Christmas Day, we decided to go to a nice Italian restaurant to celebrate the holiday. Luckily, we came by around 6:00, because the wait time was already 45 minutes, and we were able to eat at around 6:45. Others weren’t so lucky… I think the wait time was over an hour by the time we sat down to eat! The entire staff was so kind the whole time, and I had a great experience at Buona Vita. They serve classic Italian food – nothing fancy, but nonetheless refreshing and delicious.

I ordered the pesto gnocchi (I’m a sucker for gnocchi and order it at almost every Italian restaurant… see this post for proof haha), and my dad had the alla nona ravioli (filled with spicy sausage, I believe). We were all happy and full by the time we headed back to our hotel. You can’t go wrong with a nice Italian restaurant!

Rye (SLC)

Utah Food Guide - MSST
Utah Food Guide - MSST
Utah Food Guide - MSST

Okay, the lighting is a little better here but still not great LOL! Anyways, Rye was suggested to me by my friend Brooke and it was recommended by almost all the blogs online, so I knew we had to give it a try. And we all loved it! It’s such a cute little spot, and all of the menu items are so unique and modern. They also locally source almost all of their ingredients, which is great too!

I ordered a latte and the waffle and whiskey with potatoes. My waffles were great, but I wish I had ordered the Asian-style breakfast bowl (my dad’s order), because it had the most wonderfully cooked pork belly. I was pleasantly surprised to find a Korean dish so well-prepared at an American brunch spot. 10/10 recommend!

Garage on Beck (SLC)

Utah Food Guide - MSST

Okay, so first of all, for this burger joint: please make sure you are over 21 before you decide to go!!!!!! My cousin and I went in with our parents, and they wouldn’t let us in, so we had to wait in the car while my mom ordered our burgers to go. It’s actually a bar that serves burgers, so because of all the alcohol there, you have to be 21. The burgers are fantastic, though! We all enjoyed them in our hotel room together, and it was a great meal.

I had the garage guacamole burger with a side of brussel sprouts, and my cousin had the cowboy burger with a side of fries. It was our last meal in Utah, and a great way to finish off a fun family ski trip!

I hope y’all enjoyed! Utah was such a fun experience for all of us :)

Oh, also, this is my first MSST post of the new year! I’m so excited for 2020 (wow it still feels weird to write 2020 and not 2019), especially concerning the blog. I’m doing a ton of recipe testing right now, and it’s got me so pumped for everything. I’ve also got a lot of personal goals that I’m ready to tackle this year. And a ton of super fun upcoming trips, including college visits and Europe :)) Stay tuned!!!!

See ya very very soon.


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  • Reply Fuying Runyan January 6, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing, sounds so interesting and fun! Whenever we get chance, we are definitely will give all them a try! 😊😜

    • Reply Ashley Z January 6, 2020 at 11:08 pm

      Glad you liked it!😊

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