The Sundance Diet
Heading to the film festival? Here's your guide to the healthiest eats in Park City.
Once a year, the Hollywood elite descend on Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival — which kicks off today through January 29. While celebrities and agents may be a dime a dozen, the town's restaurants have yet to establish serious foodie cred. Whether you’re here to hit the slopes, enjoy the après-ski or wheel and deal, fuel up at these healthy hotspots.
Slopes By Talisker
Located in the Waldorf Astoria, Slopes mirrors the wellness focus of the hotel’s Golden Door spa. Its seasonal and local fare is both hearty and healthy. Sample the roasted root vegetables, grilled pears with watercress, cashew nut butter terrine and winter polenta tart with chestnuts, parmesan, parsnips and turnips.
Forget bland diet dishes. Peruse the brasserie’s superfood-filled “Sante” menu list for calorie content and mouth-watering starters and mains like grilled vegetable and lentil griddle cakes with coconut yogurt raita. They also offer a gluten-free menu.
Deer Valley Seafood Buffet
Don't let the dreaded "buffet" word scare you off: Open only during ski season, this ultra-fresh spread is on Zagat’s "America’s Top Restaurants" list. For an appetizer, try the sushi, chilled shellfish, bouillabaisse or salads. Main courses rotate nightly and often include honey soy glazed scallops and seared yellowfin tuna with wasabi cream.
Overlooking the mountain and Ski Beach at the Canyons Resort Village, this locavore restaurant only uses ingredients sourced within a 200-mile radius of Park City, so menu items change with the season. But the rustic, yet elegant space with dark wood tables and plush red upholstered chairs remains a constant place to cozy up.
This Asian hotspot has been called “the place to eat and be seen” by the New York Times and was hailed one of the country’s best new restaurants by Conde Nast Traveler. The restaurant is named for shabu shabu, a style of “hot pot” cooking that dates back to Genghis Khan. Diners cook their own meats, seafood and veggies in either a vegetarian or Thai coconut broth and add noodles and various dipping sauces, thus controlling exactly what and how much you consume.
Locals flock to this casual Indian-Persian spot for vegetarian, vegan-friendly and gluten-free options like baked samosas, curries and winter squash soup. (It also serves an American-style breakfast.) Executive Chef Houman Gohary has cooked on the "Today Show" and has been living in Park City for more than 10 years.