Chef Dave Bible, in his second season at Silver Star Café in Park City, has transformed this rustic and cozy venue into one of the area’s better dining establishments. The Café is comfortable, seating 50 inside, with abundant seating on the patio. The restaurant’s walls are lined with paintings by local artists. If you sit inside next to the windows you’ll be treated to views of the Park City Municipal Golf Course and the towering High Uintas in the distance. It’s Utah at its best. 

Not so fast, as the best is yet to come once you’re seated and presented with Chef Bible’s new menu. The chef describes his food as, “Home-style comfort food with a Western influence.” That’s simplistic, as all the dishes we ordered had a pleasant “kick.” For starters, try the Campfire Meatballs­—beef, pork, coriander, cayenne, a hint of smoke with a chipotle glaze over cheese grits. Yum.

The Pork Osso Bucco is the tastiest dish I’ve had at this charming bistro—it’s Snake River Farms Kurobuta pork shank served over a tangy roasted tomatillo broth spiked with cilantro with a side of delicious chipotle grits. The pan-seared Alaskan salmon with capers, shallots, lemon juice and white wine on a bed of quinoa was uncommon. Tasting this dish will ensure your return to the magic of Chef Bible’s flavorful kitchen. These are a sampling of the entrees which include lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes plus a great burger.

I forgot to mention that we started licking our chops when we ordered the Margarita pizza from the kitchen’s hearth-fired pizza oven. It was fine for a starter but lacked the kick and the taste of Silver Star’s entrees. 

If you’re in Park City this weekend or at any other time, give Silver Star Café (1825 Three Kings Drive) a try. They are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have music on Thursday and Friday nights. For reservations call 435-655-3456.