The drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon is so picture-perfect that the passing views are more what you’d expect from a nature calendar than from a drive just 25 minutes outside of Salt Lake City. The staggering cliffs covered in lush greenery are often dotted with climbers traversing their way to the top, while fishermen prepare their poles alongside the trickling stream that runs parallel to the street.
After a few narrow switchbacks in the road, the canyon opens to a wide display of aspen trees chasing up the mountain slopes. By now the scenery is so mesmerizing that it’s easy to forget where you’re going.
And it’s about that point when you’ll see Silver Fork Lodge, perfectly positioned to bring you back down to reality in time to remind you: Oh right, we were on our way to eat.
Silver Fork Lodge, nestled in Big Cottonwood Canyon right before Solitude Mountain Resort, is a Utah staple that’s been serving home-cooked American food since 1943. The cabin-like restaurant has a patio facing the mountain, offering gorgeous views enticing you to stay for hours.
Even though Silver Fork Lodge is known as a favorite among locals, my first time eating there was just recently. We sat outside on the deck despite the unseasonably chilly weather so we could take in the atmosphere.
Luckily we had the view to entertain us because the service was painfully slow throughout the entire brunch. But we were forewarned on the menu that clearly states that they make everything in house, so sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.
We ordered a cinnamon roll ($4) to share to hold us over before our food came, which was a good idea. (Apparently driving through gorgeous scenery works up an appetite.) It was fresh-out-of-the-oven warm and hit the spot with my coffee.
But once the food arrived—hefty portions of home-style breakfasts—we were silently satisfied, our impatient attitudes long forgotten. The salmon eggs benedict ($15), the classic dish with grilled salmon added to the mix and topped with a light, yet buttery Hollandaise sauce, was served with delightfully crispy hash browns just like my dad always made growing up. The poached egg was a little well done for my taste; I wished some egg yolk could mix with the sauce, but the perfect potatoes made up for it.
The crab and avocado omelet ($14), created with blue crab claw meat and Hollandaise topped with slices of avocado, was surprisingly light, without too much crab to throw off the balance of taste. More avocado would have been nice, but can you ever have enough avocado? The omelet was also served with those perfectly crispy hash browns.
Silver Fork Lodge is more than just beautiful scenery–both on the way and at the restaurant. Dining there feels like being at a friend’s cabin, complete with a home-cooked brunch. I can only imagine how their dinner is.
Go to Silver Fork Lodge for :: a home-style meal in a casual setting. And enjoy the scenic route there. Notes :: Silver Fork is open for brunch Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 am, Saturday from 8 am-noon, and Sunday 8 am-1 pm. Lunch is served til 5 pm, then dinner is served until 9 pm. The restaurant is open every day of the year, including holidays. You can even stay at the lodge overnight.