The Hole-in- the-Wall Gang

Discover these local hidden-gem eateries.

By Annette Velarde June 1, 2012 Published in the Summer/Fall 2012 issue of Park City Magazine

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Shoyu Sushi

Image: Jill Orschel

Although Park City has some of the most celebrated fine dining of any resort area in the world, sometimes you just want a tiny, yummy little place without five-star service, where only one fork is needed. Try one of our favorite local “holes in the wall” the next time you just want a friendly, cozy atmosphere and great food. As these wonderful restaurants attest, the best things really can come in small packages!

Lunch is the main event at the extremely no-nonsense Uptown Fare, in the lower level of the historic Star Hotel building with its low ceiling and uneven floors. The homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches surpass even your mom’s. Turkey is roasted fresh daily for sandwiches. Be sure to save room for a homemade cookie or lemon bar. Open for lunch, weekdays only, so don’t miss it! 227 Main St, 435.615.1998

Taste of Saigon is a little gem tucked upstairs in the Galleria Mall. You’ll feel hidden away from the bustle of Main Street in this tranquil Asian corner. The rich caramel pork, warming noodle soups, or spicy pot stickers make for the best Asian food this side of Vietnam. 508 Main St,, 435.647.0688

The owner’s wide smile greets every patron at Shoyu Sushi. The warm, dark interior is calming. If all six tables are full, sit at the counter or get takeout. The bento boxes are a great value, and the sushi rolls are always fresh. The baked mussels are to die for. 1612 Ute Blvd #116,, 435.901.3990

In the back of Anaya’s Mexican Market is a tiny taco bar with a line out the door every day at lunch. You’ll meander through scores of shelves with products you may never have seen before and find gunnysacks of beans to sit on while you eat. Slow-roasted meats and handmade tortillas are stacked on paper plates and passed to you pronto. These are tacos like you haven’t tasted since you were south of the border. Don’t call; don’t look for a website; just go. 1490 Munchkin Rd, 435.615.8454

Nick’s Greek Café now offers a cuisine unique to Park City: Greekinese! Painted that electric Mediterranean blue and decorated with photos of the Greek isles, the small eatery also boasts a portrait of the café’s namesake near the cash register. You’ll find all of the traditional Greek dishes you love—gyros, moussaka, baklava—as well as hearty rice or noodle bowls, seaweed salad, and a great Chicago dog you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying with a glass of beer. 1600 Snow Creek Dr, 435.658.2267

Fairweather Natural Foods is a health-food store that really is about whole, organic foods—not corporate profits. Tiny and personal, it has a café tucked into one corner. The feel is pure Park City —a little hippie, a lot healthy, and a lot happy. The vegan sandwiches, hearty soups, and fresh juices are as good for you as they are delicious. 1270 Iron Horse Dr,, 435.649.4561

The salsa bar at El Chubasco is a Park City landmark. At least 10 different salsas are made fresh daily. Everyone has a favorite salsa to enhance the many authentic entrées. Nothing highfalutin here, just great food. The dining room is often packed, so be ready to make new friends by sharing your table with strangers. The sidewalk seating is especially coveted for long summer lunches. 1890 Bonanza Dr, 435.645.9114

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