The many locations of Sundance events ensure there's always someplace good to eat nearby. Here are a few options, with prices ranging from cheap to moderate, pricey and, highest of all, "gasp!"• Holy Smoke BBQ (855 Heritage Park Blvd., Layton; 801-614-5011; prices moderate) is nowhere near any Sundance venue, but it's on the way to (or from) Ogden's Peery's Egyptian Theatre. Besides, it's well worth pulling off the highway for Holy Smoke's beautifully cooked sausage, beef and pulled pork, and wonderful side dishes such as cut corn cooked in butter, cream and pepper that strive mightily to grab the spotlight from the entrees.
• Siegfried's Delicatessen (20 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City; 355-3891; prices cheap) is typically steamy, fragrant and packed with diners seeking crispy battered wienerschnitzel, juicy browned bratwurst and other meaty treats paired with sour rotkohl (red cabbage), spaetzle or warm potato salad. Have Kirsch-soaked Black Forest cake or strudel for dessert, and pick up a loaf of crusty bread and some European chocolates from the restaurant's shop.
• Ginza (209 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City; 322-2224; prices moderate) is a little battered after its front was damaged by a car in December, but this downtown eatery is still serving up Japanese favorites, cooked and otherwise, from its tiny, anime-decorated storefront along 200 South. Regulars rave not only about the place's sashimi and rolls, but also about the sukiyaki, a soupy, sweetish melange of beef, noodles and veggies that's perfect for taking the chill out of a winter day.
• Mazza (912 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City; 521-4572; prices moderate) made denizens of Salt Lake's "9th and 9th" neighborhood very happy this past year when it opened a second location east of the Tower Theatre. Mazza has earned its chops as a local favorite for Mediterranean food with tantalizing dishes such as warm shawarma sandwiches wrapped in pita bread and rolled baklava fingers filled with cashews and drizzled with honey.
• Ruth's Chris Steak House (2001 Park Ave., in the Hotel Park City, 435-940-5070; or 134 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, 366-4000; prices gasp!) is there for both Park City and Salt Lake Sundancegoers. There's the more established location in a character-filled building near Salt Lake's Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, and the new store right along Park Avenue in Park City. At either place, diners can expect the highest-quality, butter-drizzled steaks cooked perfectly to order, superior sides and desserts and service so attentive that it goes a long way toward justifying the jaw-dropping prices.
• Souperman Gourmet Soups (1890 Bonanza Drive, Park City; 435-604-0419; prices cheap) will warm up diners with its eight daily selections of homemade soups, stews and chowders, while warming their hearts with its commitment to biodegradable packaging and donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for every 16 ounces of soup sold.
• Loco Lizard Cantina (1612 Ute Blvd., Park City; 435-645-7000; prices moderate), in the easily reached and parking-friendly Kimball Plaza at Kimball Junction, is a good spot for festivalgoers zipping between Salt Lake City and Park City. There are Tex-Mex favorites (taquitos, chili verde, fajitas) and more unusual dishes, such as ancho chiles stuffed with beef, pork, nuts and raisins. Be sure and get the decadent chocolate tres leches cake or the warm, doughnut-like churros for dessert.
• 412 Bistro (412 Main, Park City; 435-649-8211; pricey) welcomes casually dressed diners to its intimate, low-ceilinged little dining space that is a dead ringer for a real French bistro and features French-inspired food with international touches such as quesadillas and ahi tuna tartare. To keep the bill as low as possible, try the daily quiche or the divine pork loin French dip sandwich with caramelized onion and Gruyere cheese.
• Chez Betty (1637 Short Line Drive, in the Copperbottom Inn, Park City, 435-649-8181, prices gasp!) has high prices but also a strong reputation for excellent service and delicious, challenging cuisine. Though a regular menu is available, the tasting menu, which changes every two weeks based on available local ingredients and chefs' latest whims, takes the guesswork out of dining with four courses, appetizer to dessert, and optional wine pairings.
Stacey Kratz is a freelance writer who reviews restaurants for the Deseret Morning News. E-mail: [email protected]