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PCSkiGal: A Top Ten List Of (Affordable) Summer Eats In Park City, Utah

Park City diningIt’s easy to find a restaurant in Park City. There are more than 100 to choose from. The real issue is finding an “affordable” one or one that at least feels like you got what you paid for. You’re in a resort town paying resort prices. 

Hooray for summer! Where a local can eat like a tourist (and vice versa) thanks to an abundance of two-for-one coupons (found in the Park Record newspaper) for every place in the resort  from take-out to five-star. 

Now here’s your chance to check out some of the places you might not have noticed before.

1. Chimayo -- Park City Restauranteur Bill White adds eclectic southwestern flair to Main Street with this dark, sophisticated food den. Start with the signature margarita and finish with the Mexican chocolate fondue.

2. Prime Steakhouse  -- You'll find no finer piece of meat that her at this upscale piano bar and steakhouse. A night out will cost you a paycheck but the standing 2-4-1 offer all summer takes some of the sting out.

3. Silver Star Cafe -- Just off the Park City Golf Course and Spiro Trail lies a little artists' community. The cafe echoes the artsy vibe with walls decorated by local photographers and painters. The menu features locally sourced Western fare. Save a few bucks and dine on the patio.

4. Handle -- Talisker on Main's former chef jumped ship to helm this cozy spot inside the Gateway Suites (aka Sundance ticket office). Known for small plates with unusual twists, it's surviving in a place where its predecessors went to die.

Summer dining in Park City5. Goldener Hirsch (www.goldenerhirschinn.com/dining.html) -- Tucked into the Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley Resort, the Hirsch is all Austrian fairytale from the Bavarian vines on the stucco to the wiener schnitzel and fondue. The small restaurant continually wins Wine Spectator awards and accolades from international travel publications.

6.  Bandits (www.banditsbbq.com)-- Jeans and a T-shirt do just fine in this family-friendly barbecue joint. The generous portions of meats and sides barely leave you enough room for dessert. But, do leave that room anyway,

7.  Fletchers -- Laidback accents and reclaimed barn wood complement the comfort food on this trendy menu. With a restaurant, bar and lounge, Fletcher’s is getting to be that place where the cool kids dine or at least sit down for the blueberry white chocolate bread pudding. Only open Thurs.-Mon.

8.  Loco Lizard -- You'll find a modified version of Mexican food here, so come without expectations. You'll drool over the bottomless chips and salsa, as well as the mondo burritos and five-alarm mole. The patio's open for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner in summer.

9. Cafe Terigo -- The tastes of northern italy and the south of France find their way to Park City in this intimate cafe with one of the best patios on Maine. Pan seared scallops on sweet corn risotto with roasted red pepper and arugula purees? Yum! Nothing’s cheap but everything is delish.

10. Vinto -- The modern decor, wood and steel tables, over-sized, semi-circular booths, attentive waitstaff and open kitchen of this Italian eatery shout family chic. The environment is boisterous and friendly and the food and prices satisfy all ages.

Photos: Summer dining in Park City doesn't have to break the bank (Ryan Freitas)



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