Three Park City Local Lunch Spots
This Snowmama lives Park City and often gets caught in the middle of the day with a hungry belly and cranky kids. I know a few perfect places you shouldn't miss. If you want great food away from the crowds and tourist prices try these three lunch spots on your next trip to Park City.
- Fairweather Natural Foods :1270 Iron Horse Dr 435-649-4561
About 10 years ago I stumbled upon this great little Natural Food Store located not far from Main Street. I even worked there part time, so I can tell you first hand that it is fantastic! If you are looking for a healthy, wholesome lunch in a friendly atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle, Fairweather Cafe is the place. It is both a store and a cafe where you will find tasty soups (usually three made fresh daily), salads, sandwiches, muffins, and custom fresh juices. I'm not vegan but I often swing by to get my Vegan "chicken" Salad sandwich fix. It is a delicious combination of cubed tempeh, vegenaise, onion, parsley and cucumbers. They add fresh red bell peppers, shredded carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado to these sandwiches making it an easy way to get your veggie servings for the day. There is also a Turkey Swiss, Tuna, Egg (or tofu eggless) salad, and Hummus Sandwich.
The soups are my son's favorite. You can follow Fairweather on Twitter @FairWeatherFood to get their daily soups. Today, as I write this, I am getting hungry seeing that their Mushroom Wild Rice, Tomato Cannelini and Asian Detox Soups are simmering. My son enjoyed the Potato Corn KALE chowder the last time we stopped in. Yes, he ate the KALE and asked me to make it for him at home (but I was told mine was not as good).
Maggie, my daughter always wants the Amy's Mac and Cheese from the freezer and I just microwave it in the cafe. Both kids top their lunch off with their own smoothie concoctions of strawberries, blueberries and yogurt (you can add bee pollen, ginseng, acai or other boosters). I like to get a little extra immunity boost with a fresh juice of kale, cucumber, lemon, ginger, garlic and apple. Yum.
Before we leave I grab a Miracle muffin for the next morning and pick up a few grocery staples I need so I can skip the crowds and parking lot of Whole Foods at Newpark. Shop local, it's good for you.
- Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse 738 Main St. 435-214-7241
They call it a funky, relaxed, literary atmosphere. I must agree. Best of all is that you can get some darn good eats at the same time you check out (or in) at this favorite hangout. Most often I visit Atticus with my little ones. They love the mini kids forest where their imaginations come alive and they can entertain themselves while I catch up with a friend, a magazine or their free WiFi. I always choose coffee when I visit a cafe, but here I like to try something new. With over 50 healthy, all natural teas, chai and mate I'll never run out of something new. If you do choose coffee they have some of the best, and a full espresso bar.
Atticus has a great breakfast menu, Green Eggs and Ham (it's spinach), Buddha Bowl Oatmeal, Morning Sundae of vanilla yogurt, granola and fruit are just a few. Lunch time brings wraps, sandwiches, soups, salads and plenty of fresh baked goodies. Kids love the Stella (my daughter thinks it's "pretty"). The Stella is a open faced bagel with cream cheese, fresh strawberries and drizzled with honey. The Hammy is another kids favorite, a melted ham and cheddar on whole wheat bread. There is even Nutella in house, get it smeared on a bagel. The salad I choose is The Other Salad, mixed greens, crumbled white cheddar, honey roasted walnuts, cukes and tomatoes.
And, for those who prefer milk substitutes, yesterday the woman in front of me asked for one with her latte. She was able to choose from soy, rice, or almond milk! I love it, something for everyone.
- Uptown Fare: 227 Main Street 435-615-1998
Tucked away at the top of Main Street is Uptown Fare. You need to plan a little as it is closed on Saturday and Sunday and only open from 11:00 - 3:30. The locals know that Uptown Fare is the place to go when you crave "home cooked like momma makes" food. The interior gives no thrills, no fluff but it is eclectic and unique for sure. You won't find a fresher turkey sandwich in town, they roast a turkey everyday.
The soups are exactly what you need to get you recharged and warmed up during your walk on Main Street. It is known that Rachel Ray has asked for the Cream of Tomato with Cheese Tortilini soup recipe three times. The women of Uptown Fare have not given it up! Whatever you choose you can't go wrong. The last time I stopped in they were serving Black Bean & Sweet Potato, Green Chili Corn and Potato and the Cream of Tomato.
As for the salads, portions are big, ingredients are fresh. The Mandarin Chicken is my favorite, you may also choose from such yummies as Beets and Blue Cheese, Roasted Veggies over Greens, Chicken Ceasar or Field Greens with Feta.
When it comes to dessert, save room or plan on taking a sweet treat to go. It's all baked in house and you will find Rice Crispie Treats, Cookies, Brownies or a beautiful cake. Beth makes a Carrot Cake which rivals any fine pastry shop and Suzie's Chocolate Espresso Cake is divine. You'll have earned it after a day on the slopes.
Take note, unless you are with a local, or dressed in your ski/board gear do not bother trying to eat here during Sundance. A password will be necessary to enter. It really is a true locals spot. If you visit the Snowmamas facebook page I might just share the word with you!
When in Park City don't get stuck visiting the big name establishments right in front of you. Turn a corner, ask a local, and you might just find a new favorite place!
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