Somewhere amidst all the days blending together my hubby and I took a day trip to Park City last Saturday. For those who are not familiar, imagine an Old West mining town meets the Winter Olympics. I mean literally. Park City hosts the Sundance Film Festival every year, and hosted many of the 2002 Winter Olympics events with it’s many nearby ski slopes. In addition, Park City is home to many top notch Utah restaurants.
The store front at the end of the street is the High West Distillery and Saloon, which was our destination for lunch. Interestingly it is the only ski-in restaurant in Park City, so skiers and snowboarders pop right in off the slopes, with the ski lift right down the street. Be prepared to wait for a table if you are there at lunch on a weekend during ski season. It will be hopping!
High West is not only well known for it’s exceptional “victuals”, but also for it’s whiskey and other fine spirits. You can take a free tour of the distillery if you have the time, but the stills are well displayed without needing to take a tour. Even if you have to wait for a table, there’s a lot to look at!
Despite the casual nature of the saloon, High West has done a great job of elevating the food and the atmosphere. This is not your typical plank across two whiskey barrels saloon, but a very upscale, modern take on an Old West saloon. Our server was exceptionally attentive throughout our stay, as well as knowledgeable and passionate about the different products. Although my husband was already a fan of High West whiskeys and bourbons, our server did a great job of educating him through a whiskey flight. For the record? His new favorite is the High West Whiskey Campfire.
Not to be outdone, lunch was delicious! We both had the High West burger, which has a blend of local Bison and Beef, with Gruyere, Blue cheese and fried onions on it, served with Parmesan fries. I enjoyed the burger with an Australian Mitolo “Jester” Shiraz.
After lunch I would like to say that we strolled up Main Street and window shopped, but up Main Street is up a very steep hill, and after that lunch we more or less trudged up hill (but down hill back!). Still it was fun! A great day trip and time spent together.