First things first. I want to sincerely thank the generous sponsors of Utah Bites and Utah Stories advertisers for their continued support during this very unstable time. We are extremely grateful. There would be no Utah Bites without sponsors; they are vital to its survival. Please support our sponsors now and in the future. We wouldn’t be here without them.
As I wrote last week, I’ve been amazed at how rapidly so many Utah restaurants have re-engineered their operations to provide meals for delivery and/or curbside pickup. That’s no easy task, but especially difficult for fine dining establishments. For some restaurants it just doesn’t make sense to try to produce food to go. So, I hope that you’ll consider purchasing gift cards or certificates from restaurants such as these who are trying to survive temporary closure with zero income with which to pay employees aside from gift card revenues. Most restaurants, although temporarily closed, are also booking parties, weddings, meetings and such for future occasions. Keep them in mind as we look to a brighter future.
Meanwhile, I’m turning my attention this week toward highlighting some terrific Park City restaurants that have switched to a takeout/delivery/pickup model. There are far too many restaurants to include all of them here, but these are a few examples of delicious dishes you can find curbside at some of our favorite Park City restaurants. For a complete list of Park City area restaurants offering curbside or drive-thru service, click here.
Tucked away in a corner of Park City’s Redstone Center is a haven for anyone who is enthusiastic about authentic Jamaican cuisine, called 11 Hauz. Partner/Chef Sheron Grant and her team cook up an array of tasty items that range from beautifully crispy Vegetable Patties and Jerk Shrimp to “Rasta Pasta,” Ackee & Saltfish, Jerk Butter Lobster, Oxtail, Curry Goat and much, much more. Pretty much everything that is normally cooked at 11 Hauz is available now to order online. It’s like a quick culinary getaway to the islands.
501 On Main has been a family-owned staple in Park City’s Old Town for years, and now has adapted to providing carryout orders for Park City residents and visitors. Seared Ahi Tuna with sweet & sour glaze; Bison Chili; Grilled Chicken Cavatappi and the Smoked Reuben sandwich are just a few great menu items to take home. But it’s hard to top the 501 Angus Cheeseburger (gluten-free bun available) with grass-fed Angus beef, local cheddar cheese, vine-ripened tomato, sliced red onion, crispy lettuce, and house garlic aioli on a ciabatta roll. Oh, and there’s wine for takeout, too.
At Cortona Italian Cafe, you’ll experience authentic, old-school Italian favorites such as Veal or Chicken Piccata; Potato Gnocchi, Lamb Bolognese; Shrimp Arrabbiata; Veal Saltimbocca; Eggplant Rollatini, Caprese Salad, Tuscan Soup and more – all available for takeout. If there’s one dish not to pass up though, it’s Nona’s (Grandma’s) Meatball. This is a ginormous 5.5-ounce homemade meatball topped with rich tomato sauce, parmesan cheese and basil. Get ‘em to go!
Looking to feed the whole family? Provisions By Riverhorse has you covered with their daily Family Pack Specials such as Braised Buffalo Short Rib with Promontory cheddar grits, steamed asparagus, mushroom cream, gremolata, and Caesar salad, all available for curbside pickup and delivery. In addition, Provisions offers breakfast items until 4 p.m., lunch service, and a dinner menu with temptations such as Smoked Duroc Pork Baby Back Ribs; Alaskan Halibut Tacos; Eggplant Parmesan Pasta; Local Trout with pistachio nut crust, and much more.
For a little Asian flair and flavor, enjoy the Thai cuisine available to go at Thai So Good in Kimball Junction. Available for curbside pickup/delivery and online ordering are customer favorites such as Fresh Spring Rolls; Crispy Tofu; Coconut Shrimp; Chicken Satay; and Thai Dumplings. For entrees, try the Avocado Curry; Asparagus and Fresh Shiitake Stir-Fry; Tom Yum Fried Rice; and of course, Pad Thai.
Not too far away from Thai So Good is a Redstone Center restaurant staple: Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery. Owner Steven Maxwell, who hails from New Jersey and is of Italian heritage, knows a thing or two about pizza, pasta and such. The Fat Kid Pizza is one of the best East Coast-style pizzas I’ve ever sunk my teeth into. In addition to pizza perfection, Maxwell’s also cooks up excellent sandwiches including Philly Cheesesteaks; Eggplant Parmigiano, Risotto, Lasagna, Chicken Marsala, and many, many more comfort food classics.
For an East Coast-style seafood fix, I turn to Freshie’s Lobster Co. Serving fresh Maine lobster to Park City (and now, also SLC) since 2009, Freshie’s is best known for luscious lobster rolls, which are available ready-to-eat or “deconstructed” to take and make at home. In addition to lobster rolls for takeout are the great Grilled Cheese Sandwich; Lobster Sliders; Caprese Sandwich; Clam Chowder; Lobster Bisque; Lobster Lettuce Cups; and spectacular homemade pie.
At Hearth and Hill there is an eclectic array of culinary delights to enjoy at home, not the least of which is fabulous Flank Steak Gyoza, handmade in-house. Other good takeout choices include the H&H Burger; Truffle Mac & Cheese; homemade Hummus; and family dinners for four like Chicken Dinner; Braised Beef Brisket Dinner; Fajita Dinner, Meat Lasagna, and others.
If you’re looking for South-of-the-Border fare, consider a takeout or delivery order from Tekila. Owner J.C. Martinez and his crew are dishing up everything from fresh Guacamole and Chile Con Queso to Taco Salads; Quesadillas; “Takos;” Enchiladas; Fajitas; Burritos; Vegan/Veggie Entrees; and specialties such as Mole Poblano; Carnitas; Molcajete; and even a kids menu.
In challenging times such as these, many of us turn to comfort foods for solace. One of my favorite go-to comfort food choices is Spaghetti & Meatballs, like the dish served for takeout at Versante Hearth & Bar in Park City’s Peaks Hotel. Versante is known for handcrafted, wood-fired pizzas, street breads, pastas and seasonal specials. The current curbside to-go menu offers items such as Tuscan Lentil Soup; Italian Chopped Salad; fresh Pizzas including gluten-free options; Sandwiches like the Meatball Sando; and Fresh Pastas: Bucatini Carbonara; Mushroom Fettuccine; and yes, Spaghetti & Meatballs.
Just as we were getting ready to publish this article I learned that Tupelo in Park City is offering Supper Club Curbside Service featuring the classic Southern “Meat & 3” tradition to the Park City community. Patrons choose a protein and three delicious side dishes – enough to feed a whole family. Supper Club kicks off with the Fried Chicken Supper Combo and the St. Louis Style Ribs Supper Combo, both of which are easily reheated. Each Supper Combo includes buttermilk biscuits, market salads, choice of three sides and double chocolate cupcakes. New items will be featured each week. Digital gift cards are also available for purchase, as well as an opportunity to provide tips to the Tupelo team.
Please continue to support our local restaurants during this difficult time. Stay strong. Stay safe.
Culinary quote of the week:
“Food is the most primitive form of comfort.” — Sheilah Graham Westbrook
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.