Deer Valley Grocery and Cafe – Nature at Your Doorstep

When you live in Park City, you live right in the center of paradise.  To a mountain lover like me, Park City is the most beautiful place on earth.  So when I am inside working on a stretch of long days in my home office, I go a little stir crazy.  Last week was one of those weeks.  I didn’t see the light of day with what seemed like an endless stream of projects. At the end of four intense days, I asked my husband, Jay, to get me out of the house, even if it was just for a drive. Well, he had a better idea.  He drove me directly to the Deer Valley Grocery ~ Cafe for a relaxing dinner on the deck.
I’d had breakfast inside the cafe last winter and loved their strong coffee and hot oatmeal with what seems like a hundred condiments piled on top – brown sugar, sliced almonds, raisins, etc. but I had never been there for dinner so I took my time in ordering.  Jay immediately went for the made-to-order cheeseburger when he saw the grill outside on the deck.  I had much more of a challenge with the tapas menu.

Clayton, our waiter, explained they have about twenty different small plates -tapas- which they constantly rotate.  The six I had to choose from all sounded wonderful – there were chicken lettuce wraps, smoked duck empanadas, Brussels sprouts with bacon and shallots, short ribs, grilled asparagus, etc.  You can see my dilemma.  With some help from Clayton, I settled on the duck empanadas and added a Caesar salad.

We grabbed our silverware, two glasses of water, our little number, and headed out to the deck.  In the evenings, the entire deck is shaded so every table is a prime location. We chose a table in the corner overlooking the pond and adjacent to pots overflowing with flowers.  When we sat down, Jay looked at me and said, “I had no idea this place was so nice!”

We love historic Main St. but the cafe had a whole different vibe to it. Nature was at our doorstep. Fish were jumping, mallard ducks were swimming by, and egrets were on the shoreline stalking their evening meal.  We were informed the pond is often frequented by moose wandering in for an early evening swim, and osprey circle and dive for fish. 

To our delight, Clayton walked out with a tub of breadcrumbs and gave us quite the show as he dropped them one by one into the water.  We watched fish versus ducks in what I dubbed, “The Battle of the Breadcrumb.” The ducks were often the victors but the fish gave a valiant fight as the jumped on top of each other sometimes coming completely out of the water to get closer to their treats.

When our dinner arrived, we scrambled back to our table. A waitress brought out a tray of condiments that included local mustards.  She was kind enough to leave it for Jay so he could sample them to his heart’s desire. The empanadas were delicious and the salad was the kind of Caesar I like, which I can only describe as “Caesery.” Even though we were stuffed, we opted for the bread pudding with caramel sauce anyways.  We knew we couldn’t eat the whole thing so we took the rest home after eating a couple of delicious bites.

Sitting on the deck after a glass of wine and a delicious meal, I felt reconnected with the paradise I love.  With the fish jumping, ducks swimming, and a slight breeze kicking in, the deck started filling up with more patrons and Jay smiled as he overheard someone say, “I had no idea this place was so nice.”

 

 

 

The Deer Valley Grocery ~ Café is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and is located in the Deer Valley Plaza building at 1375 Deer Valley Drive, Park City, Utah.

For more information and a sample menu click here.

Leave your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Facebook Feed

Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Deer Valley Resort. | Video Credit: Instagram User @scottusa ... See MoreSee Less

David Jacobs, Lisa Bacon and 23 others like this

View previous comments

Leon AllbrightWhere is that

5 hours ago

1 Reply

Avatar

Kim Wohleking-FernandezThat snow is for real!?

5 hours ago   ·  5

1 Reply

Avatar

Sarah BulverThat is beauty!!!!'nnnn

4 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Melissa BaileyMichael Bailey this is why they have moose on everything there 😂 still never saw my moose

5 hours ago   ·  2
Avatar

Jacob VincentRuth Arbagey apparently we needed to be at deer valley today!

5 hours ago   ·  2
Avatar

Meg McKownSuzanne Mckown Seeeee...Park City has all the cool animals too! Haha

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Dan PhelpsCourtney, could be a good season...

5 hours ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Lisa Borgfeld WhiteGwenn Beaver, what a difference a week makes!

5 hours ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Ged CarringtonHeather Sherry see they have moose in Utah lol

4 hours ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Michela SeehusenShirley Hartlauer are you guys missing Utah yet???

5 hours ago   ·  2
Avatar

Alicia MoranAmanda Sanford, this is what we got today.

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Jessie JohnsonBeautiful ❤️❤️💜💜❤️

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Brenda Perry-KerrI wish I was there!!

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Patricia Davis LahnMy neighbor... just checking in(lol)

5 hours ago   ·  2
Avatar

Marie Benson PitilloAwesome!!! Can't wait!

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Sarah Kaul PettigrewI am so in love!

5 hours ago   ·  2
Avatar

Angie MattinsonBeautiful!!!

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Jill Catalano TrosoSnow already!!!!

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Eric PikeWow so early

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Janet Bissell MooneySooo beautiful

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Jeff NesslerThat's the smaller one, when we were up there on Saturday my wife had the bigger one walk right in front of her yeah that scared her

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Meredith Amelia BerlyColin Alexander Berly hey you who keeps up with deer valley's weather on a regular basis is it snowing this much there???? Already????

5 hours ago   ·  2

1 Reply

Avatar

Suzie GordonOh yes mam! Snowed all night and all day!!!

3 hours ago
Avatar

Carey O'Malia GrossWe are so lucky to call this home with these neighbors!

3 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Kenneth MetzgerIt's why we love here!

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Comment on Facebook

Today’s #DeerValleyMoment. | Photo Credit: @scottusa ... See MoreSee Less

Today’s #DeerValleyMoment. | Photo Credit: @scottusa

Melodee Olsen, Joan Albert and 23 others like this

View previous comments

Amy DavidsonJudi Zarrella is it really snowing there??? I was seriously looking into moving that way..... but snow in September?!?!?!?

5 hours ago

11 Replies

Avatar

Eric AlexanderI swear only a week ago I was standing there drinking a cold beer and it was 70 degrees

8 hours ago   ·  2

3 Replies

Avatar

Jeff HallAnd to think, last week it was brown pow and perfect cycling conditions.

9 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Ed MccallOh Mother keep it coming, no more hot weather!

7 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Regan EdwardsMy 3 month countdown to Deer Valley is ON! ❤️👏Christopher Flint, I'm all about that base!

11 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Suzie Gordon...and it's still snowing now!

Attachment7 hours ago
Avatar

Jennifer StebenGoing to be another great season!

7 hours ago
Avatar

Tasha Spencer AgnewSimon Agnew, the countdown is on!! White stuff....yay!!!! 🎿⛷

10 hours ago
Avatar

Ed KliczewskiOMG Scott Scott Kliczewski, check out Park City!

6 hours ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Melissa BremauerSue Wood yes yes yes!!! I have booked dinner for NYE at Cena, all confirmed 💃💃

7 hours ago

1 Reply

Avatar

Steve DawsonAnde Dawson need to sort out our plans

11 hours ago
Avatar

Angee Palmer DeanI'm so not ready for snow. We need to have fall first.

3 hours ago
Avatar

Wendy ChiojiI love this.

9 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Melissa Jane Ruberts GusemanNot yet, please

6 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Jeffrey HainesWinter is coming...

11 hours ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Todd WallaceIt will be melted by next week.

6 hours ago
Avatar

Judi Zarrella

Attachment5 hours ago
Avatar

James RazerLove to see this in the snow!

8 hours ago
Avatar

Tina WeyersWow look at all that snow!

8 hours ago
Avatar

Staci HugginsSooooo, not right!

4 hours ago
Avatar

Rick KolminHere’s to nice powder all ski season.

4 hours ago
Avatar

Karen GrossmanAwesome!

8 hours ago
Avatar

Cindy CreteauToo early😬

4 hours ago
Avatar

Raquel Aliceayayyyyyyy!!!! 💙💙💙💙

3 hours ago
Avatar

John ThompsonSee you 2/25/2018!

11 hours ago
Avatar

Comment on Facebook

Twitter Feed @Deer_Valley