What’s that new year’s saying: ring out the old, ring in the new? The holiday season delivered the gift that keeps on giving to Utah diners— plenty of new restaurants to kick off 2019 and greet Sundance visitors and snow sports enthusiasts alike. Here’s a quick taste of what’s new in Utah.
Hearth and Hill
Entering the Park City restaurant scene, Hearth and Hill comes to the table with a wealth of talented individuals who’ve called the mountain town and its most discerning restaurants home for years. Executive Chef Jordan Harvey along with proprietor Brooks Kirchheimer and general manager Mia Yue all have impressive resumes including stints at Montage Deer Valley, Zoom and High West to name a few. The result is an informed yet informal dining experience that offers guests tastes from around the world—from velvety Hawaiian-inspired Hamachi crudo with a kicky chile lime twist to blackened cauliflower with Moraccan yogurt sauce or short rib and oxtail tostadas with sunchoke escabeche to a comforting and creamy gruyere truffle mac and cheese.
1153 Center Dr, Park City, UT 84098
George and Bar George
Restauranteur Scott Evans continues to evolve Salt Lake’s restaurant scene with a change from Finca to George and Bar George in downtown Salt Lake City. Tailoring the large space to special event attendees and groups as well as the casual diner, Chef Phelix Gardner has retooled the menu to classic American fare including a hearty and rich French Onion soup and a house-made Bolognese pasta made with local beef.
Evans explains, “With 200 seats inside a beautiful 100-year-old building, I began to search for examples of timeless, classic restaurants across the globe that are gathering places for the community. Maybe I’m just getting older, but over the past ten years of operating my restaurants, I’ve come full circle and crave simpler, less fussy food with great ingredients and executed well.”
Bar George is officially a separate space now with its own liquor license so anyone over the age of 21 can enjoy a glass of natural wine from the rotating list of 40 offerings before an event at The Gateway or Vivant Center without dining. “I’m excited to launch Bar George as a wine bar to celebrate the range of natural wines from small producers around the globe.” But those who want a bar bite also won’t be disappointed with a food menu created for wine pairing. Try the garlic shrimp, wedge salad or juicy Bar George burger with bacon, house-made aioli and taleggio cheese.
327 W. 200 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Traverse Mountain has gotten its first taste of Chedda Burger and this new location was also the starting point for the roll out of a revised menu in-store that’s now available at all locations. Try the Schwinn with white cheddar, roasted tomatoes and mushrooms and a killer garlic mayo plus peppery arugula (note, that’s 3 vegetables on this hot mess burger!). That garlic mayo also makes an appearance on the Honeymooner with pulled pork and a coconut-crusted pineapple ring. Look for the downtown Salt Lake City Chedda Burger location to move to the Gateway in early spring 2019 too.
1899 W. Traverse Pkwy Ste D, Lehi, UT 84043
1314 Foothill Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84108
26 E. 600 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Draper residents who were still mourning the departure of Bake 360 can rejoice that a long-time favorite bakery in downtown Salt Lake now has a southern sister. Look to Gourmandise’s bakery case for sweet treats of every type while the menu features breakfast and lunch classics plus a liquor license for brunching in style.
725 E. 12300 S., Draper, UT 84020
250 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84111