Park City Journals

Ski Park City, the city

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A November 2004 trip to Park City by Wasatch

Quote: Park City Mountain Resort is one of three major ski areas located in or near Park City, Utah, one of the continent’s great ski destinations. There are 16,000+ beds available, more than 5,500 acres of skiing, 50+ lifts, 300+ runs, and 350 to 400 inches of fabled Utah powder.

Ski Park City, the city

Overview

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Park City is featured as a Utah ghost town. Times change. Today it is the one of the largest ski resort complexes in North America, despite Utah’s absurd alcohol laws. What triumphs over the domineering Mormon Church’s dedication to stomping out fun is some of the best skiing anywhere. Two mega resorts, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort, are on opposite sides of the once rich Old West silver-mining boom town, with 100+ historic buildings from the hay days. The Canyons are 5 miles out of town. All manner of accommodations are available, except inexpensive (for that see Ski Heber Valley and Ski Salt Lake City). Rates at Park City’s 30 AAA-recommended accommodations run to ,200. Par...Read More

Goldener Hirsch Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Goldner Hirsch Restaurant (Dinner)"

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Chef Jean-Louis Montecot’s menu for the 2004-2005 ski season makes The Goldner Hirsch the top choice in Park City. The seafood tower ($32) is a pile of tomato slice, grilled halibut, shrimp, portabella mushroom, salmon, and red potatoes that almost looks too good to eat. The halibut--slightly overcooked--was spectacularly broiled under a high flame, which gave it a crisp crust on top. The salmon was cooked to perfection--flaky to the touch, but still moist--and all was as fresh as seafood can be when 800 miles from the nearest ocean. The mushroom and balsamic demi-glaze perfectly accented the fish. Should lamb shank braised in molasses be the daily special ($34), don’t pass it up. The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2004

Goldener Hirsch Restaurant
Deer Valley Mountain Base
Park City, Utah

Grappa Italian Cafe

Restaurant | "Grappa"

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A meal at Grappa could and should be better than it is. Everything on the menu has great potential and is nearly ruined by the kitchen’s excessive use of salt and pepper. They don’t even put salt and pepper shakers on the tables. There is no need to add your own, since the kitchen puts in more in than any sane person ought to use. I find Grappa frustrating because everything tastes a bit like licking a potato chip—all you get is salt. Carol loves it because she uses lots of salt. The bottom line is that if you automatically reach for the salt shaker, you will probably love Grappa. If you have high blood pressure or other salt-sensitive medical concerns, stay away. The frustration is that...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2005

Grappa Italian Cafe
151 Main Street
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 645-0636

Easy Street Brasserie

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Restaurant

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We first ate at the Easy Street Brasserie in 2005. It was so good we went back not too long after. Then Easy Street closed for 2-3 years while a hotel was more or less built on top of the restaurant. By 2009, it was open again, and back we went. The interior looks much like the same attractive setting we remembered. I’m of the view that one visit to a restaurant is not sufficient to judge it’s quality. You may be fooled by the chef having an unusually good or bad day, or changes of staff in the kitchen, or by the accident of what you ordered. Properly judging a restaurant requires several visits and several dishes. There is a puzzle about how many times we have eaten at Easy Stre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Easy Street Brasserie
201 Heber Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 658-2500

Bistro 412

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Restaurant | "Bistro 412 II"

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Bistro 412: second dinnerAbout a month after our excellent meal at Bistro 412, we had a second one, with some changes. In the interval, there was a change of chefs, but not in the menu offerings. She again ordered theTrout Amondine, but there were some differences from the first visit. Carrot mashed potatoes-had been replaced with plain mashed potatoes, and, although were fine, the carrots blended intothe earlier version added a nice touch. The trout wasn’t quite as fresh and the almond layer wasnot as thick and crusty. We both agreed that while it was still an excellent dish, the earlier versionwas better. The dipping oil for the nicely cru...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Bistro 412
412 Main St.
Park City, Utah
435/649-8211

Jean-Louis Restaurant

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Restaurant | "JeanLouis Restaurant I"

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To get right to it, JeanLouis is Park City’s best restaurant. JeanLouis is Utah’s best restaurant. This is world class food. No detail is too small to overlook at a great restaurant, so consider the basket of bread American are served to kill time while the meal is prepared. JeanLouis usually serves Volker’s bread. Mr Volker is an Austrian immigrant to the Park City area whose family has been professional bakers for over 300 years. Volker’s provides bread to fine restaurants and discriminating diners from Denver to Salt Lake City to Las Vegas. In the summer, truck loads of bread fan out from Volker’s in the wee hours to farm markets all over the intermountian west, and shoppers stand in line a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 16, 2006

Jean-Louis Restaurant
136 Heber Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 200-0260

Ghidotti's Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Ghidotti’s "

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Ghidotti’s is becoming one of our favorite Park City restaurants (we live about 30 minutes away). This review is based on 4-5 dinners there.Two dishes are real stand outs– Cheese Lasagne and grilled Sea Bass (not always available). Cheese Lasagne is loaded with three different Italian cheeses, and is the second best lasagna I’ve ever eaten– truly outstanding.The two of us have had Sea Bass twice, that is four servings. The first two were absolutely perfectly cooked. Properly cooked fish is rarely encountered in any restaurant in Utah, so Ghidotti’s gets five stars for that. The next two servings were just a bit overcooked, still outstanding for Utah, but a noticeable step ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2006

Ghidotti's Italian Restaurant
6030 N Market Street
Park City, Utah 84098
(435) 658-0669

Jean-Louis Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Jean-Louis Restaurant- II"

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A week after our first visit, we returned to JeanLouis. In the review of our first visit, I recounted the specular bread that resulted when Executive Chef Jean-Louis Montecott experimented with baking bread rather than serve bread from the highly reliable Volker’s Bakery. This visit started with the usual fine loaf from Volker’s, and it served t confirm our impression on the fist visit that Chef Jean-Louis had come up with the finest bread we have ever eaten, all of which is not say there was anything wrong with bread II, for it was a fine dense, chewy bread, perfectly suitable for any good restaurant. It’s just that Jean-Louis’ was better.Bread is served with a nice greenish fruity ol...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 23, 2006

Jean-Louis Restaurant
136 Heber Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 200-0260

Mariposa Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Cafe Mariposa"

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We have dined 1-3 times a year for the last 7 years at the Mariposa (open only during ski season), and, until this year, never thought the place lived up to its high reputation as the best restaurant in Utah. Yes, it was good, but flawed (see previous review). This year, it scored. The only problem with our visit was that we both ordered the same thing, so we can’t say if they finally got everything under control, or only the Mixed Grill.As for the Mixed Grill, which was much improved over what was encountered in years past, it was superb. Still, it was not without flaws. The biggest improvement is that Mariposa seems to have finally figured out how to cook vegetables. Previously,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2006

Mariposa Restaurant
Silver Lake Lodge - 7600 Royal St.
Park City
(435) 645-6715

Jean-Louis Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Jean-Louis Restaurant Summer 2008"

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Ahi Tuna ($28), a summer menu staple, with a sesame oil based ginger sauce was impressive. Jean-Louis’ onion rings are sliced impossibly thin, lightly breaded, and a treat. The Tuna was so good, she cleaned up her plate. That rarely happens, especially with large servings such as those at Jean-Louis. I usually get some of her meal, but not here. I got only a taste of the Tuna. Take this as the highest possible recommendation. Boneless Buffalo Rib steak with sauce Bearnaise ($38), the daily special, was more than worth every cent. The Buffalo was cooked a bit on the rare side of the ordered medium rare, but no big deal. Buffalo is a very low fat meat, prone to quickly toughening if over...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2007

Jean-Louis Restaurant
136 Heber Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 200-0260