Dining discounts in Park City? An oxymoron? An impossibility? Not in the summertime.
When Park City restaurants reopened for their summer season this year, they put dining deals at the top of the menus. All along Main Street and around the city, restaurants are freshening up their patios and sharing their fare at discount prices in the form of happy-hour specials, 2-for-1 entrée deals and many other offers throughout the week. Primarily, these relative bargains are designed to entice Wasatch Front locals to experience a calmer, cooler and cheaper Park City.
Ginger Ries, executive director of the Park City Area Restaurant Association, which targets marketing of more than 60 member restaurants to Wasatch Front diners, hopes to, "promote the uniqueness of restaurants in this majestic area of Utah. We enjoy touting cuisine with originality served up in a resort-town atmosphere that will take guests away from the mundane."
And whether you are looking for live music at a sports bar or high-end cuisine at the top of Main Street, Park City’s restaurants have you covered.
To begin, five of Bill White’s eight restaurants are offering daily discount menus with food and drink specials. Monday is locals night at Grappa with $6 glasses of wine, a host of $5-$9 small plates and $12-$14 entrées such as the grilled pork tenderloin for $14. On Tuesdays, you’ll find $2 tacos at Windy Ridge Café. Wahso offers $5 sake martinis and wines alongside $3 bun choices and more on Wednesdays. Thursdays feature a $5 menu at Ghidotti’s and then it’s back to Taco Thursday at Chimayo for $12 pulled pork enchiladas and $5 margaritas and wine.
"We are offering these deals because we recognize and love our locals here in Park City and Salt Lake," explained Allison Wright with the Bill White Restaurant Group. "In starting these value nights, we hope to provide a special night at each location during the summer and we hope that anyone and everyone can take advantage of these delicious specials."
Other weekday deals can be found at Miner’s Grill & Sports Bar on Tuesdays, where pizza is on the menu. Two For Tuesdays includes two 14-inch specialty pizzas or build-your-own combinations with up to three toppings for $25.
Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi offers an impressive "buck-a-shuck" $1 oyster special beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays complemented with $5 glasses of wine.
If burgers and classic rock are more your style, head to Talisker on Thursdays for a $12 Classic Burger and fries while classic rock tunes from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s play.
For those looking for après hike and bike deals earlier in the evening, happy-hour specials are also on the menu. Goldener Hirsch Inn celebrates "Appy Hour" from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday with a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and pickles for $4 or the B&B Special (grilled burger or bratwurst with fries) and a local draft beer for just $10.
Back on Main Street, Shabu dishes up its version of freestyle Asian cuisine with $5 sushi in addition to $4 hot sake and $6 Sapporo from 3-6 p.m. daily.
Executive chef Clement Gelas of Talisker pulls out all the stops on Tapa Tuesdays with $6-$10 bites from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
For more sushi discounts, visit Yuki Yama for half off all rolls and nigiri all summer long and wash those down with half off hot sake, too. At Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi, Tuesday is the day for half-price sushi and appetizers, as well as two-for-one entrées and $5 glasses of wine.
Taking a different twist on the two-for-one entrée deal, Silver Restaurant charges $2 for the second entrée but then donates that $2 to charity. "We have about a dozen local nonprofits that we work with," said Shawn Hyer, general manager.
With entrées ranging from $24-38 each, Hyer reports that this spin on the two-for-one "has been a great success for everyone — our guests get a great deal, the nonprofits benefit and so do we."
Lucky for locals, these and many other dining deals will be sticking around in Park City until fall.
Fall Dine About
Additionally, from Oct. 1-12, the Park City Area Restaurant Association will run Dine About. Similar to Salt Lake’s Dine O’Round, the Dine About will feature dozens of restaurants offering two-course lunches and three-course dinners for either $5, $10, $15 or $30 per person. "The fall colors in Park City are amazing and it is a great time to enjoy the area and the ideal way to check out new restaurants or revisit old favorites, and all at truly unbeatable prices," Reis said.
With so many deals on the menu in Park City, summertime means savings for diners. Hyer echoes the feelings of many restaurant owners. "It would be nice to see more Salt Lake City residents come up to Park City for dinner. But the locals that live here like it and now we get to see them more often."
It really is the perfect time for a night out in Park City.
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