Whether you are a local and needing to grab a quick bite to eat, or a visitor looking for some good restaurants we all need to fuel up! Being on the run or traveling can make eating healthy a challenging endeavor to say the least. Regardless of your nutritional stance (Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan, Vegetarian, or Doritos and Beer), how we fuel ourselves plays a primary role in how we feel and perform on the slopes. We grabbed a few of our top picks for healthy eating options. Many of these restaurants have one or more of the options mentioned above, and with some simple tweaks may be easy for the diehards to stick to their specific dietary preferences. Here are mix of options in Salt Lake, Park City, and Ogden. Some may come as a surprise in how they offer their services!
In between Parleys and Big Cottonwood Canyons is a killer stop for breakfast or lunch. The fact that they serve breakfast until 3 p.m. already has me won over. Roots Cafe works to source local, organic ingredients and you get real, quality food. There are a number of items listed on the menu that are gluten free and if you fall into the Paleo or Whole 30 category, you can easily find some options on the menu that will work well for you. Little less strict? Don’t worry, they still make pancakes for those days you can’t pass them up.
Locations: Holladay, Foothill, Downtown, Murray
It may not be the perfect ski day if you can’t find some good tacos at the end of it. Many of the meats at Taqueria are Whole 30 approved and if you want to skip on the tortillas you can go for the option to have yours wrapped in lettuce! Don’t skip out on the variety of options they have for guacamole! They also have a simple and reasonable kids menu if you are traveling with the groms. Quesadillas, tortilla wraps, and tacos make it easy.
The Copper Onion
Location: Downtown SLC
This is one of the more expensive options on our list, but you can still grab an entree for under $35. Copper Onion serves both lunch and dinner. They also work to source local ingredients which typically means fresh. You can get everything from salmon, wagyu beef, pork belly, and even duck leg here. Many of their entrees come with a side of root vegetables or greens to ensure real food. You can easily have a four-course meal with plenty of variety on the menu while not getting overwhelmed. If you’re looking to splurge a bit they have pasta dishes and house ice cream!
Location: Kimball Junction
This is one of my local favorite “go-to” spots. Their menu has listed options that are gluten free or Whole 30 approved. It changes seasonally from summer to winter and they have a great variety. You can even save some cash by ordering a family meal with your choice of protein and 3 sides that will serve four people. The menu includes flatbread tacos, nutritional “bowls” or fresh market plates with lots of options. Winter months have me frequenting the bone broth soup to both fuel up, and warm up, from the cold days on the hill.
Park City Provisions
Location: Main Street, Park City
A trip up to Main Street will require a stop here. If you’re looking for a quick grab and go, or even a cozy place to sit down and eat this is your spot. Park City Provisions is a great option for those that take the town lift for lunch or enjoying a late breakfast. The breakfast menu has simple, whole foods, listing whether they are gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan. Much like the other stops you can easily make tweaks to existing items to meet your dietary needs. They serve food till 7 p.m. with a “later menu” option as well.
Location: Park City
We are stepping a little outside the box here but this is an awesome option for those that might be renting a home or condo in town. You can head to the restaurant to sit down for a bite to eat, get a grab and go meal, or have the food pre-made and delivered to you for UP TO A WEEK IN ADVANCE! Talk about not having to worry about what you’re going to eat! Their options include dairy free, gluten free, keto, vegan, and paleo. You’re pretty much covered here with no excuses. Although this won’t be your typical stop or offer a high end sit down meal it does provide consistency. The possibility of having prepared food waiting for you for one or two of your meals ahead of time during your entire stay can make a massive difference in your overall eating habits.
Yuki Yama Sushi
Location: Main Street, Park City
Sushi is a great option for those looking to eat on the healthier side. It's often easy to find "whole foods" and make good choices. Depending on your dietary preferences you can meet most of your needs here. Keep an eye on some of the soy products or sauces that are offered if you are focusing more on a Whole 30 approach. Yuki Yama offers your traditional starters and rolls but takes it up a notch with their hot dishes and more creative, modern sashimi plates. These include Baby Back Ribs, Wagyu Beef Tataki, and Black Cod. These dishes may require some tweaking to keep them on the "strict" side of nutritional guidelines but you can get an idea of the variety of foods they offer here. Yuki Yama is a great option for those that are looking to dine together while meeting the needs of those more strict and still being able to kick back for a more relaxed approach or "cheat meal".
Hearth and Hill
Location: Kimball Junction, Park City
This is another one of my favorites to frequent when looking to head out for a nicer meal. They serve lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Hearth and Hill's menu is littered with options of either vegan, gluten free, or both. The menu is full of variety with everything from poke bowls, to burgers and carne asada. It's clear to see the dishes are made with simple ingredients with a whole food approach. Much like many others on our list, you can easily make some simple tweaks to dishes to meet your nutritional preferences. Extra bonus: they have a killer kids menu for those of you toting them along. It's much more than your simple "chicken fingers" and gives you the option to choose from sides like fries, mash potatoes, or steamed carrots. For some added entertainment check out their website for when they are playing live music.
Location: 25th street in Ogden
This little spot offers an organic and plant-based menu offering tea and coffee as well. Sourcing from fresh and organic foods their menu is often changing. You can expect 3+ salad options, 1+ soup options, 2+ sandwich options, a breakfast burrito, jack-fruit street tacos, donuts, nice cream (vegan soft-serve ice cream), house-baked chocolate chip cookies and other goodies. They offer several gluten free and keto options and are happy to customize as much as possible to accommodate food allergies.
There are plenty of other great options in Salt Lake and Park City to explore. This gives you a good starting point with some variety and options to shred all day!