Monday, March 4, 2013

Park City Dining II: Revisiting Favorites


The view from the funicular to St. Regis and J&G Grill

Well, it was time for another trip to Deer Valley which meant some more great dining experiences in the Deer Valley/Park City area. Some scheduling problems meant that my wife and I, regrettably, were only able to make it to one new-to-me restaurant this trip but the favorites really came through with excellent food and service.

The Farm at Canyons Resort provided a great start with a delicious rainbow trout featuring sweet potato gnudi, sunchoke and greens, pumpkin seeds and apple cider. What a delightful way to watch the snow fall. A follow up glass of Park City's own High West Distillery Double Rye gave me a sufficient illusion of warmth to take a little walk in the snow.

J&G Grill at St. Regis Resort was next up with it's ever-breath-taking funicular ride and views of Deer Valley. After a tasty ginger margarita I had the Sichuan pepper crusted yellowfin tuna with a side of sautéed spinach, garlic and chili. My wife, who is also my food and wine pairing consultant, suggested that the dish could handle a red. After we huddled briefly with our knowledgable server I went with an old favorite: David Phinney's Cab/Zin blend, "The Prisoner". My wife's instincts haven't let me down yet and this time was no exception.

The tuna and the greens were done so perfectly that my wife and I had to send our thanks and praise to the kitchen. I also had a bite or four of my wife's favorite menu item, the black truffle pizza with fontina cheese. We followed it all up with a generous sampling of creations from J&G's wonderful pastry chef. Everything was fantastic, but the standouts were the J&G cheesecake with poached pear and gingerbread ice cream, the mango upside-down cake with buttermilk ice cream and mango sorbet, and the awesome salted caramel ice cream sundae with peanuts and candied popcorn. Wow. I was cross-eyed ecstatic that I'd saved some room for dessert. Extra special thanks to J&G Restaurant Manager Jonathan Mcauley for making it a wonderful night.

Lastly, as a man who loves a great steak, it wouldn't be a trip to Park City without a visit to Prime Steak House and Piano Bar where my perfectly-cooked ribeye always arrives sizzling and the garlic mashed potatoes hit the spot. A glass of pinot noir makes it all the better.

Well, we didn't make it back to Riverhorse this trip, and Talisker will have to wait until next trip, but these three favorites kept a smile on my food-loving face. Thanks to everyone who made it happen! Until next time, Deer Valley!



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