During the last month, we have been walking the trail and scouting out good food. Here are the best restaurants we've visited lately in Park City and SLC:

Silver Star Cafe
1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, 435-655-3456

One venue loaded with mountain ambiance and tasty vittles is Silver Star Cafe. Former Chef David Bible is cooking up in Alaska for a fishing camp, but new chef Jeremy Martin hasn’t missed a beat. His menu has fish tacos, grilled steak and a variety of other satisfying dishes. For dessert, try his delicious caramel brownie. Head up to Park City, breathe the crisp mountain air and enjoy the views. Lisa and Jeff are your hosts; tell them we said hi.  

Park City Chinese and Thai
1776 Park Avenue, Park City, 435-649-4000 

An easy and quick spot for carry out or very casual dining is Park City Chinese and Thai in the Holiday Village Mall. The chef uses fresh ingredients and isn’t shy about using spice and/or chilies in dishes. The kung pao chicken, chicken lettuce wraps and pad Thai are all worth a try.

Boneyard Saloon
1251 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 435-649-0911 

Adding to the trio of eateries in Park City is Boneyard Saloon. This new establishment's kitchen is headed by super chef Jerry Garcia. Make no mistake, it is a sports bar, with a minimum of five large screen TVs, a myriad of high tables and a super long bar. The chicken dumpling soup is a filling dish, as are the fish ‘n’ chips and lettuce wraps. It is, as bars are, noisey. But go early if that's an issue and enjoy Chef Jerry's casual cuisine.

The Copper Onion
111 E. 300 South, SLC, 801-355-3282 

Down in the Salt Lake Valley, The Copper Onion caught our attention. In the summer, head for the patio since the interior can get pretty loud. Both the black pepper mussels and Mary’s chicken (cooked under a brick) are divine. The beef stroganoff, a tad deconstructed, had good flavor, even if it was a little dry. All in all, it’s a fun place loaded with energy and great service.

418 E. 200 South, SLC, 801-539-9999; 900 Main St., Park City, 435-615-9990

Vinto's pastry chef Amber Billingsley

Vinto has an oven in both markets: Park City and downtown, Salt Lake. Their salads are good—light and fresh, topped with housemade dressings and a variety of fresh, locally sourced greens, fruit and veggies. A quality menu: simple and good. I favor simple food and the Margherita pizza is just that, and it’s big enough for two. Amber Billingsley's desserts and gelatos are to die for. If you don’t eat sweets, her delights are sure to convert you.