Fish Out of Water

For a land-locked getaway high in an alpine desert, Park City sure has  a lot of seafood. Of course being some 700-odd miles away from the nearest ocean means you’ll need to get over the astronomical carbon footprint it took to transport whichever unfortunate sea creature you’re about to consume to the Wasatch Back, but thanks to modern aviation and supply chain technology at least it’ll be just about as fresh as what you’d eat at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. With all that travel you’d expect a surcharge on top of already hefty resort-town pricing, but thankfully seafood specials throughout town help you get more fish per dish in Park City.

All You Can Eat Seafood Buffet Every Night: Deer Valley ($80)
$80 per person may not sound like a steal, but if you treat Deer Valley’s legendary Seafood Buffet like a Thanksgiving feast you can easily get your money’s worth. After starting off at the poke bar, make an extended stop in front of the mountains of chilled shellfish before trying the array of hot appetizers and entrees. There’s even a carvery for those who are merely seafood curious. 2250 Deer Valley Dr., 435-645-6632,

Half Price Sushi Rolls Happy Hour Thursday: Ahh Sushi/O’Shucks Bar & Grill in Pinebrook ($4-$10)
Half-price sushi rolls from a place that fancies itself as a “peanut and sushi bar”? You bet! Despite those sketchy sounding qualifications, the sushi at Ahh Sushi/O’Shucks is excellent, and rolls are half price before 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays. It’s the perfect après treat, and you can wash it down with unlimited free peanuts. 8178 Gorgoza Pines Rd., 435-658-0233,

Buck-a-Shuck Oysters on Friday Nights: Whole Foods Silver Mine Taproom ($1 Each)
No, you’re not getting the authentic experience or vast oyster selection you would from Thames Street Oyster House in Baltimore, but you are getting solid oysters served with lemon juice, cocktail sauce and mignonette for just a dollar each. Though housed in the Whole Foods in Kimball Junction, the Silver Mine Taproom has a lively atmosphere with live music and an ample rotating beer selection to accompany your oysters on Friday nights.
6598 N. Landmark Dr., 435-575-0200

Blackened Cod Tacos on Taco Tuesday: Red Rock Junction ($15)
Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday? You can get the cod served three different ways, grilled, fried, or blackened—by far my personal favorite. The trio of fish tacos is as good as you’ll find anywhere in Summit County and comes served with your choice of side. Red Rock brews perhaps the best and most creative beers in Utah, a nice bonus.
1460 Redstone Center Dr., 435-575-0295,

Tony Gill
Tony Gill
Tony Gill is the outdoor and Park City editor for Salt Lake Magazine and previously toiled as editor-in-chief of Telemark Skier Magazine. Most of his time ignoring emails is spent aboard an under-geared single-speed on the trails above his home.

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