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The Sundance Insider’s Guide to Park City Eating

During the Sundance Film Festival the Park City population goes up from 8,000 to 50,000, so how on earth does one navigate the food scene? “Open Table! Definitely make reservations in advance!” says an established film producer who chose to be anonymous. “The lines can get kinda nuts, so even go during the off hours, but remember that this isn’t like New York City where restaurants stay open late. Go early, it’s healthier for you anyway!” One thing to note is that meals are not inexpensive and even if you are sharing entrees in a group, you will often be surprised by the final bill.

After interviewing several filmmakers, we crafted the list of recommended Sundance eating establishments:

Bangkok Thai on Main // 605 Main Street
Price range: $20 – $40 for entrees
Producer Sev Ohanian swears by this Main Street staple: “Bangkok Thai on Main is great for celebrating with friends. I also really love it for a quiet meeting.” The thing to note is that this place can get crowded quite quickly, and it’s not usually a quick meal. Portions are quite generous so it’s best to probably get a few things to share. Dishes to try: pad thai, tom kha soup, spring rolls.

No Name Saloon // 447 Main Street
Price range: $10 – $20
Hours of operation: 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM
A popular pub-like spot, you will see most diners indulging in its variety of burgers from bison and buffalo to a mushroom Swiss version to some vegetarian choices. It has daily specials that may range from enchiladas to crispy chicken wraps to a Mexican meatball soup. This is also a fun place to hang out with friends and grab some beers. Dishes to try: No Name burger, mozzarella sticks.

Bistro 412 // 412 Main Street
Prince range: $31 – $60
Hours of operation: 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM
A French-American bistro on the pricier side, known for its attentive service, which is popular for lunch as well as dinner. Dishes to try: French onion soup, bread pudding.

Eating Establishment // 317 Main Street
Price range: $15 – $25
Hours of operation: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
“This is where for you go for a good breakfast meal on Main!” but you will probably need to wait, even with a reservation. Opened in 1972, the Eating Establishment is also popular amongst Park City locals. The food and fresh juices are good, but do not expect gourmet coffee. Gluten-free options have been added to the menu. Dishes to try: Pancakes, Eggs Benedict.

Wasatch Brew Pub // 250 Main Street
Price range: $20 – $30
Hours of operation: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
A low-key, casual place which is good for a meet up with friends. It has an extensive beer list, you can grab a quick meal, and there is usually a table available. Dishes to try: tater tots, chilaquiles.

High West Distillery // 703 Park Ave.
Price range: $20 – $40
Hours of operation: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
“As far as restaurants go, High West is always a good place to kick of the festival. It lands you in that Western vibe with amazing cocktails and great food. Also a nice hotspot for mid-festival business dinners,” says Scott Veltri of Magnolia Pictures. And producer James Belfer seconds this, adding that he “pretty much only drinks their whiskey.” Dishes to try: pot pie, Brussels sprouts.

Squatters Roadhouse Grill //1900 Park Ave.
Price range: $10 – $20
Hours of operation: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Good for brunch, this place can get packed pretty quickly. Alcohol is only served after 11:30 AM just in case you were planning on a mimosa with those heuvos. Also good for beers and burgers. Dishes to try: huevos rancheros, country fried steak.

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