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Five5eeds’ shakshouka baked eggs.

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With Park City’s ever-rising tide of fine dining, it has become notoriously difficult to get a decent meal without forking over some serious dough. But some local restaurateurs are giving top-tier establishments a run for their money by opening fast, casual, and affordable eateries where freshness and flavor reign supreme.

Located in the plaza beside The Market at Park City, Five5eeds’ (1600 Snow Creek Dr, 435.901.8242) simple yet satisfying breakfast and lunch menu nods firmly to its Aussie-transplant owners, Andrew and Tiffany Percy. (Yes, they serve Vegemite and crumbed chook.) The Moroccan-inspired shakshouka baked eggs are packed with flavor, and the almond milk lattes are smooth and never bitter thanks to the impressive Mod Bar coffee maker.

Fresh Maine lobsters might seem odd for a landlocked state, but Freshies Lobster Co (1897 Prospector Ave, 435.631.9861) has owned this local niche since New Englanders Ben and Lorin Smaha started selling lobster rolls at the Park Silly Sunday Market in 2009. We recommend the original roll that started it all: the “Real Mainah,” a quarter-pound of lobster on a toasted New England hot dog bun with mayo, seasoning, and hot melted buttah.

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Vessel Kitchen’s avocado toast

Harvest (820 Park Ave, 435.604.0463) hits the mark with its mantra: “Food. Coffee. People.” Owned and operated by Emma Worsley (a ski racer mom and owner of Studio Pilates), Harvest’s mod and slightly funky interior aesthetic provides a cozy backdrop for healthy breakfasts and lunches. Try the slow-cooked baked beans, a balanced work of art, or the simple yet comforting smashed avocado with poached egg.

Scratch-made Asian fusion comfort food such as bánh mì sandwiches, pork belly steamed buns, and ramen and pho noodle soups are the rule at Momo Haiku (1890 Bonanza Dr, 435.602.1901), served in a hip, casual setting by restaurateur Allan Galeano of Burgers and Barley and Buona Vita. Bonus: Beer, wine, and sake are on the menu here, too.

We know it’s been open for over a year now, but no roundup of fast/casual/local Park City eateries would be complete without mentioning Vessel Kitchen (1784 Uinta Way, 435.200.8864), owned by Nick Gradinger, Roe’e Levy, and Brian Reeder. Every dish served in this place tastes like it was made with just-picked produce by a five-star chef. The menu changes quarterly, but a couple of our personal faves are the panzanella salad and braised-beef flatbread tacos.