Sundays call for sleeping in, spiritual endeavors, festivals, recreation, and the lovely leisure of Sunday brunch. The portmanteau "brunch" was reportedly coined in England in the late 1880s (coincidentally about the time Park City was incorporated) as a slang combination of breakfast and lunch. Supporters sang the praises of the late-morning/early-afternoon meal for allowing Saturday-night partiers the luxury of sleeping in and not missing out on breakfast. Here, we give thanks for the perfect combo of Sunday appetite and action: Park CIty's best brunches paired with a chill activity to enjoy before or after.
Pints and Making Par
If you’re going to have brunch at a brewpub, particularly Squatters Roadhouse Grill (1900 Park Ave, 435.649.9868, squatters.com, Sunday brunch: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.), put any sense of Sunday reverence aside and just go big. The chilaquiles—made with scrambled eggs, corn tortillas, roasted red chile salsa with rice, black-bean refritos, and queso fresco—are best paired with one of Squatters’ irreverently named brews, such as the Provo Girl Pilsner or Polygamy Porter. Or sip a Midday Mary, Midday Mimosa, or Nooner (a screwdriver). Then see just how well a ball can fly at 6,700 feet above sea level by playing 18 holes at Park City Golf Course (parkcity.org), located right across the street from Squatters.
Gondolas and Omelets
Serving a combination of breakfast and lunch items in a low-key atmosphere, the Red Tail Grill (Grand Summit Hotel, 4000 Canyons Resort Dr, 435.615.8068, canyonsresort.com, Sunday brunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) offers brunchers vast vistas of Canyons Resort’s new golf course, base area trails, and green front-side runs. Don’t miss the Single Track Omelet, made with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, swiss cheese, and home-fried potatoes, which tastes even better when paired with a Red Tail Bloody Mary. After brunch, walk across the plaza to the Red Pine Gondola for a scenic ride up to Red Pine Lodge (being renovated this summer) at 8,000 feet. The views of the resort and the Park City area at large are spectacular, and the ride is suitable for all ages and ability levels.
Guilt-Free Flavor and the Rail Trail
Tapestries and Buddha statues make up the wonderfully eclectic décor at Good Karma (1782 Prospector Ave, 435.658.0958,goodkarmarestaurants.com, Sunday brunch: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.). But if the sun is shining, ask to sit outside on the quiet and shady back patio, one of town’s best-kept alfresco dining secrets. Healthy and organic Indo-Persian cuisine is on the menu here. Go for the spicy curried tofu scramble: seared cumin-scented crumbled tofu with mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, green chile chutney, and corn tortillas. Accompany your scramble with the house-made cumin-scented pork sausage and a steamy homemade chai masala. Then take an easy bike ride on the gravel/paved combo historic Rail Trail (stateparks.utah.gov). From the nearby Prospector Trailhead, you can ride 28 miles round trip (in case you ordered the sausage) on this mostly flat, scenic trail that winds through marshes, herds of grazing cattle, and wide-open sagebrush.
Low-Key Grub and a Pedal
Hone your appetite with an off-road spin on the Glenwild Loop (8.4 miles) beginning at the Spring Creek Trailhead (note the historic Pony Express marker there; mountaintrails.org). Then head to the top of Parley’s Canyon via Interstate 80 (Summit Park exit) to one of Park City’s most beloved and unassuming treasures, No Worries Café (185 Aspen Dr, 435.658.5007, noworriescafeandgrill.com, Sunday brunch: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The little log cabin adjacent to the Sinclair Station, adorned with moose photos, antique sleds, and tie-dye T-shirts, is home to a locals’ favorite brunch spot, where “all of our entrées are served with fresh fruit and a smile.” Try the daily chalkboard special or the Hack Attack: sautéed ham, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, onions, mozzarella, and fresh garlic (the kicker!) atop hash browns and two eggs, with hollandaise sauce. Be sure to get a cinnamon roll for the table to share.
Art and Stroll
Wear your Sunday Park City casual best for an art-inspired brunch at Riverhorse on Main (540 Main St, 435.649.3536, riverhorseparkcity.com, Sunday brunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), one of Park City’s most revered restaurants. Reserve a table in the gallery-like dining room (formerly a Masonic Hall) or on the sun-soaked patio overlooking Main. Brunch menu standouts include the pan-seared shrimp and cheddar grits and Maine lobster salad. Or really indulge with the famed gingerbread pancakes topped with honey butter and caramelized pear. From the cocktail menu, try the Morning Sparkle: Grey Goose vodka, Chambord liqueur, Lillet blanc, lemon, and Champagne. With your artsy appetite whetted, take a self-led gallery stroll of Main Street’s plethora of art houses (16 in Old Town alone). Walk or ride the Main Street Trolley down to the Kimball Art Center (638 Park Ave) for a gallery map, and off you go.
Steak and Eggs Benedict and Spa
White tablecloths, spellbinding views of Deer Valley’s aspen groves, and Scandinavian flair greet diners at the elegant Sunday brunch at Stein Eriksen Lodge (7700 Stein Way, 435.649.3700, steinlodge.com, Sunday brunch: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) . Live music accompanies the jaw-dropping, buffet-style spread including specialties from Double D Ranch prime rib or steak-and-eggs Benedict to herring (Olympic skiing legend Stein Eriksen’s fave). Locals rave about the maple-glazed bacon and the bananas Foster from the lavish dessert buffet. Ask the house sommelier to recommend a fine selection from the 10,000-bottle wine cellar (25 wines by the glass are offered during brunch). And don’t let the luxuriating stop there. Book a post-brunch treatment at Stein’s spa for a little TLC that will help negate the effect of your fine repast: the 80-minute Nordic Princess Slimming Treatment.
Only in Park City
Everything—from the tattoo tents to the belly dancers—about Main Street’s weekly Park Silly Sunday Market (Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 7 to September 20, parksillysundaymarket.com) is over the top, and the market’s popular Bloody Mary Bar is no exception. With 13,000 people strolling through the eco-friendly open-air market each week, they had better have plenty of supplies on hand for thirsty revelers who like to revive from Saturday-night fun with the classic morning-after concoction of tomato juice, vegetables, spices, and, of course, vodka.
A stalwart of Sunday cocktailing in the Park for the past eight years, the Bloody Mary Bar uses Utah’s own 5 Wives Vodka, three different mixes (classic, chiles and peppers, and chipotle-habanero), and 30 ingredients to choose as garnish, including pepperoni, pretzels, shrimp, and bacon in addition to more traditional edibles such as asparagus, olives, cauliflower, celery, baby corn, green beans, lemon, lime, hot sauce, and horseradish. You can even buy a custom “Get Silly – Sunday Bloody Mary” T-shirt to commemorate your indulgence.