The Inside Dish Great grub and eclectic crowds abound in Park City

  • 6 Great Local Spots
  • Davanza's
  • The Corner Store
  • Chubasco Mexican Grill
  • Bird And Barley
  • Maxwell's
  • No Name Saloon

Sometimes all you want after a hard-charging day on the slopes—or, let’s be honest, on any day at all—is a big ol’ bite of delicious, authentic food without the fuss and muss of linens and fancy service, and definitely without the challenge of getting your name in before the next out-of-towner who heard about the place on some TV episode.

Here are a few suggestions to help you escape the crowds (mostly) and eat like a local in Park City.

Back Door Delicatessen

Find It: Right across from the transit center, where Swede Alley meets Heber Avenue in downtown Park City.

The Crowd: Working locals fleeing the fluorescent office lights, or skiers fresh off the trails who congregate for what’s undoubtedly the best sandwich in the county.

The Goods: 50 different sandwiches, hot or cold, featuring any combination of protein and vegetables you can imagine.

Try: The #24, prosciutto di parma with genoa salami on pumpernickel, goes very well with a side of the balsamic pasta salad.

Trivia: The walls are adorned with the work of owner Colter Wade, who is an accomplished ski and mountain-bike photographer.


Find It: Just up the street from the base of Town Lift, on Park Avenue in downtown Park City.

Photo by: @canyoncox

The Crowd: Scores of local terrain park skiers contrast a sea of families looking for a convenient alternative to standard resort fare.

The Goods: There’s something for everyone here: pizza (its motto is “saving the world one slice at a time”), excellent handmade street-style tacos, hoagies, and the best fry sauce in town.

Try: The Student Special. Seven bucks will get you a slice of cheese or pepperoni, fries, and a soft drink.

Tip: Beat the crowds and refuel with an early lunch in the springtime. Get here before noon to snag a sunny seat on the patio.

The Corner Store

Find It: Park City Resort base area, near the Payday Lift.

The Crowd: Skiers of all stripes looking for an après spot to unwind.

The Goods: Burgers, beers, sandwiches, and a surprisingly scrumptious breakfast menu if you stop in before the lifts start turning.

Try: The Yard Sale Burger (spinach, bleu cheese, bacon)—and whatever you do, don’t leave without getting a basket of waffle fries.

Tip: There’s live music most days during ski season, and the place has some serious après street cred. You’ll likely see ski patrollers gathering here on Fridays to let their hair down.

Chubasco Mexican Grill

Find It: Prospector Square on Bonanza Drive.

The Crowd: Lunchtime brings out droves of local office workers, while the afternoon and evening hours see a continual influx of skiers and families looking to recharge after a day on the slopes.

The Goods: An extensive array of authentic Mexican dishes is accompanied by an even-more-extensive homemade salsa bar.

Try: The chili verde can’t be beat. Add some mango habanero salsa for an extra kick.  

Tip: This place is something of a Park City institution, so it’s not uncommon to find lines out the door. Avoid peak hours if you’re in a rush, but the wait is well worth it. 

Bird and Barley

Find It: Prospector Square, just a few steps from the Rail Trail.

The Crowd: Office workers and Park City hipsters in equal amounts, all looking for a legit culinary experience with a laid-back atmosphere.

The Goods: The name is pretty telling, and the atmosphere is like walking into an indoor food truck. Expect a concise, delicious menu of chicken dishes, comfort-food sides, and local brews.

Try: The bird may get all the attention, but the crab-cake po’ boy pairs nicely with a beer.

Trivia: Owner Sam Harris, a local Parkite since age four, also owns the eponymously named Sammy’s Bistro, located two doors down. Stop in for dinner and enjoy the upscale menu at no-nonsense prices.

Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery

Find It: Kimball Junction next to the Newpark Hotel.

The Crowd: Locals and travelers alike, each armed with the knowledge that things are a bit more affordable a few miles from Main Street. 

The Goods: Unbelievable New York–style pizza and a variety of traditional Italian dishes.

Try: Start with the amazing arugula salad—featuring lemon-infused olive oil and roasted gold beets—and follow with an Eddie Would Go pie: The Italian sausage, pineapple, and ricotta concoction is a great take on the classic Hawaiian.

Tip: The sports memorabilia lining the walls displays a significant East Coast bias, but there are enough TVs in the space for dedicated fans to find whatever sporting event they’re looking for.

No Name Saloon

Find It: Smack dab in the middle of Main Street, right across from the post office.

Photo by: @brandoncuba

The Crowd: An intriguing mix of local shredders, vacationing frat guys, business travelers, and the Park City old guard looking for the quintessential PC experience in the heart of town.

The Goods: The famed collection of buffalo burgers complements an array of appetizers and a selection of superb pub fare like fish ’n chips.

Try: The Zesty Red Bell Buffalo Burger spices things up with habanero aïoli and a side of house-made buffalo chips and salsa.

Tip: This is one of the only places on Main Street open to “regular” folks during the Sundance Film Festival. It’s not uncommon to catch a few celebrities mingling with the commoners in the evening.

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