While foodies visiting Park City may initially set their sights on the restaurants lining Main Street, they’d be missing out on a whole other culinary world just a short drive away in the Kimball Junction area. Located at the intersection of I-80 and SR 224, a mere 15 minutes from Old Town, this bustling area is packed with a range of vibrant restaurants, from cozy coffee shops to upscale eateries.
Read on to discover 13 gems in Kimball Junction for any occasion.
Coffee, Breakfast and Brunch
Owned by the family owners who brought you Hearth & Hill, Hill’s Kitchen is a locals’ favorite breakfast and lunch spot in Kimball. This cute and airy cafe offers a full coffee bar, a pastry selection that rivals a Parisian boulangerie, grab-and-go breakfast options, and more hearty sit-down lunches like a French Dip sandwich or a caprese panini. The team prides itself on quality, making everything from scratch, even their ice cream. You’ll also find a selection of family-sized frozen meals if you want to cross dinner off your list at the same time as breakfast.
At Hugo Coffee, you’ll be able to “turn your daily ritual into an act of kindness,” as this coffee shop (and retail shop) donates a portion of proceeds from each sale to animal rescues, both local and nationwide. Bright and spacious with expansive views of Utah Olympic Park, Hugo Coffee also provides a perfect spot to catch up with a friend, cozy up with a good book, or get some work done. Grab a bagel, smoothie, breakfast wrap, sandwich, salad, or panini to round out your visit.
Park City Coffee Roaster
Since 1997, this family-owned, small-batch roaster has prided itself on freshly roasted and fairly sourced coffee. But an endless supply of premium coffee and espresso drinks isn’t all you’ll find at Park City Coffee Roaster. The menu also includes carefully sourced teas, juices, smoothies, breakfast items, and baked goods made on-site, including gluten-free options. The large yet cozy space, which opens onto a patio in warmer months, offers plenty of seating and space for you to meet with friends, work on your computer, or leisurely sip your drink of choice.
Lunch and Dinner
Owned by Chef Alex Bartolo and his wife Rhia, this stylish spot serves up Italian-inspired dishes all day long with options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast menu features a full espresso bar along with their signature takes on classics, such as brioche french toast or a breakfast sandwich served on ciabatta bread with mozzarella and an Italian sausage patty. For dinner, try one of the fresh pasta dishes, made in house, or go for a hearty entree like chicken parmigiana or trout almondine. With plenty of gluten-free substitutes available, Bartolo’s menu is sure to please everyone in your group.
For a white-tablecloth, Italian dining experience, look no further than this Bill White restaurant, offering traditional Italian fare that blends Old World Roman influences with a modern twist. Begin your meal with Ghidotti’s signature antipasti platter, calamari fritti, or spicy meatballs. All the pastas — from pappardelle bolognese to orecchiette with sweet sausage ragu — are made fresh in-house daily. Pizza options range from the classic margherita to wild mushroom, while entrees include pork osso bucco, chicken parmigiano, and veal marsala. Choose from the extensive beer and wine list, or order a cocktail from the full bar, to accompany your meal.
Hearth & Hill
A family-run establishment, Hearth and Hill serves up modern American cuisine with a global flair. With a dog-friendly patio, kids menus, space for private events, and options for dietary restrictions, this is a spot that will please even the most diverse group of diners. The menu has an incredible range of choices, from American classics like cheddar biscuits and a burger, to globally inspired dishes such as scallion chicken gyoza, Hawaiian poke bowl, and Banh Mi. Wash it all down with your choice of a creative cocktail from their signature or seasonal menu, or a beer from the menu, which features many local brews.
Craving southern-inspired barbecue in Utah? You’re in luck with Lush’s BBQ, owned by Tennessee native Richie Lush, who prides himself on his slow-cooked meats, sumptuous sides like creamy mashed potatoes and cornbread, and decadent desserts. Stop by for a classic plate with your choice of meat or sides, or bring the whole family and enjoy a crowd-pleasing meal that includes your choice of meat plus extra bbq sauce, buns, slaw, and smoked beans.
Park City Brewing
The team behind Park City Brewing brewpub prides itself on creating craft beers “by locals, for locals” (as well as anyone who can appreciate “a damn good beer”), inspired by the flavors and season of Park City. Come for the beer, but stay for the tasty eats on the menu, including burgers, salads, sandwiches, and tacos. And don’t forget to put in order of the Park City Brewing Pretzel Bites served with beer cheese. Or stop by for some breakfast tacos during brunch, served Friday through Sunday until 2pm.
Red Rock Junction
Offering spacious seating, award-winning beers, and a wide-ranging menu, Red Rock Junction — named ‘Brew Pub of the Year’ by Brewpub Magazine — is a sure bet whether you’re going out for a big group dinner or a casual bar meal while watching the game. The New American menu features wood-fired pizzas, salads, sandwiches, pasta, fresh seafood, steaks, and dessert — with far more variety than your typical bar menu. While there’s a clear focus on the beer, this is a very family-friendly spot with creative handcrafted sodas and a kids menu.
Sterling Steak & Lounge
For an upscale dining experience, head to Sterling Steak & Lounge, a new steakhouse overlooking Swaner Preserve, where you’ll find live music in the lounge most nights of the week. Walking in you’ll notice a musical theme, with portraits of famous musicians lining the walls of the lounge. The other main attraction, of course, is the food, featuring steakhouse classics ranging from a filet mignon to a 45-oz tomahawk steak. The sides, including creamed spinach, roasted pancetta brussels, and lobster mac & cheese, are large and meant to be shared, family-style. On Sundays, brunch is served buffet-style.
Satisfy your sushi cravings at Sushi Blue, a casual Bill White restaurant offering Pan-Asian favorites like gyoza, pho, and tonkotsu ramen; unique, creative takes on sushi rolls; and an extensive sake list. The menu, truly something for everyone, including a glazed short rib, banh mi sandwich, and a burger. Fan favorites from the signature sushi menu include the cleverly named Mike Thai Son (spicy tuna, cucumber, basil, red bell pepper topped with hamachi, lime, thai coconut curry, peanuts), Tuna Turner (tempura shrimp topped with big eye tuna, avocado, spicy mayo, unagi sauce), or the Salmon L Jackson (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, topped with salmon).
When you’re craving a tasty, filling, yet healthy meal — and fast — head to this counter-service café serving seasonal, locally sourced fare. A step above the usual quick-service spot, Vessel Kitchen has a roomy interior and sunny patio for outdoor dining, while still keeping you on schedule and without breaking the bank. The expansive, Mediterranean-inspired menu features signature hot dishes, salads, and tacos all with a seasonal flair. If you’re feeling creative, you can create your own custom plate with a protein of your choice (options range from falafel and chicken to braised beef and steelhead trout) plus market sides.