412 Main Street, Park City, UT
I love Park City, Utah. I just returned from my yearly ski trip - my fifth trip in six years - and it was painful getting on the plane to return to the East Coast. If you like nature, sports and friendly people, then Park City has it all - the mountains are gorgeous, the skiing is sick, the people are welcoming, and best of all, the food scene is bumping.
We usually head out to Park City during the Sundance Film Festival - not because we're super big movie buffs (though it is wicked good fun to catch the Sundance flicks), but because the Hollywood people tend to stay off the mountains, leaving the ski runs wide open. This year, we had the good fortune to snag a table for six at the 412 Bistro.
Mmm, the 412 Bistro. What can I say? Though described as "an American Bistro," 412 has a decided French flair. The location is superb - Bistro 412 is tucked between Park City's pricy boutiques and crowded eateries on Main Street. The food is phenomenal, the service spot-on, and the ambience is warm and cozy. It's a great place to kick back with friends and a bottle of wine.
Upon the recommendation of my BFF, we started with the Three Onion Soupe, which was topped with melted gruyere and crostini. The soup broth was rich and buttery, full of translucent onions and blanketed with a thick layer of melted cheese. Definitely not a calorie-conscious food choice, but I figured I had to re-install all the calories burned off in two days of skiing.
I ordered the cassoulet for my main. Served as a ragout of red and white beans, the cassoulet contained chunks of braised elk, buffalo-chipotle sausage and lamb bacon. Wow. If there existed a perfect food to accompany skiing, this was it. It was hearty and meaty, and the flavors were so true to themselves. The elk/buffalo/lam It was delicious, and absolutely filling. Alongside the cassoulet arrived a whole baked duck leg - duck confit - and a toasted crostini.
Why else does Park City rock? Well, for being located in a Mormon state, Park City offers plenty of places to get your drink on, from the No-Name Saloon and their delicious grapefruit-and-voidka concoctions to the Polygamy Porter at the Wasatch Brewery. Delicious.