I once said that restaurants are like revolving doors: when one closes, another often opens in the same spot. True to that philosophy, this summer I mourned the closing of Silver — one of my favorite restaurants in Park City — but my sorrow soon turned to excitement when I learned the restaurant replacing it: Tupelo.
Tupelo is the newest restaurant to line Park City’s historic Main Street, with Matt Harris as co-owner and at the helm in the kitchen. Formerly of Deer Valley’s J&G Grill, Matt brings a refreshing approach to New American dishes, giving the cuisine a creative touch while emphasizing local sources.
The menu echos the charm and essence of Park City itself, full of hearty dishes focusing on elk, rabbit, trout and pork chops, with sides of roasted cauliflower, creamy farro with butternut squash, bourbon baked beans and grilled carrots in cured lemon.
Tupelo in Park City, Utah
The atmosphere mimics that rustic mountain feel with warm tones reminiscent of a cozy, albeit luxurious, cabin. Gone are the blue overtones and metal decor of the former space; the nightclub feel has been replaced with a more relatable Park City atmosphere.
While the menu is divided into starters, entrees, veg & grain and desserts (P.S. I love when the main menu includes the desserts so you can plan accordingly!), it’s structured so that you can order in a “share everything small plates sort of way” or in a traditional “appetizer, entree, dessert” way. You can’t go wrong with either, but I’d recommend trying as much of the food as possible because Chef Matt’s talents must be tasted.
In that fashion, three of us shared a series of dishes ranging from large and small, creating our own tasting menu. (Note that an actual tasting menu exists for $95/person.)
We started with a couple of picks from the starter section. The Deviled Eggs (above, $6), with crème fraîche and crispy country ham, are a delight for crème fraîche lovers, but my favorite starter was the Maine Crab Fritters ($14) with sweet and sour okra, hot sauce butter and aleppo chile. More of a crab croquette, the crunchy crab bites were so good we had to resist ordering more.
The Seared Scallops (pictured at top, $34) with cauliflower, capers, golden raisins and fried onions were a meal in themselves, with beautifully luscious scallops. The Housemade Pappardelle with Braised Rabbit ($28) was incredible; the savory rabbit was contrasted with brussel sprouts, pecorino and bits of fried ham, creating a comforting dish that perfectly matched the essence of Tupelo.
For veggies we picked Grilled Heirloom Carrots ($8) with cured lemon and spiced sour cream for a side and loved the crunchy but flavorful carrots. I really enjoyed the texture of the dish.
The chef sent out a few items from the tasting menu for us to try, like a crème fraîche caviar poached egg with a savory center; and a sampling of butternut agnolotti with pecans and cocoa powder — an absolutely incredible dish of savoriness. The cocoa powder wasn’t as sweet as I expected; it actually balanced out the butternut squash in a truly interesting way.
For dessert we split the Sticky Toffee Pudding ($10) with pecan caramel sauce and earl grey bitters ice cream — which I wasn’t a fan of, but my friends loved — and the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake ($10) with house-made ricotta on an almond and graham cracker crust — which they didn’t like but I did, despite the consistency being more of a mousse than a dense cheesecake. I can’t wait to try the Ritual Chocolate Mousse ($10) with pistachio pomegranate bark and whipped cream.
Overall, dinner at Tupelo was the best meal I’ve had in recent memory, which is a little unbelievable considering the grand opening was two days before! I’m excited to taste where Chef Matt takes Tupelo and can’t wait to go back. (I’m definitely adding the pappardelle to this list of my favorite SLC dishes!)
Go to Tupelo for :: an outstanding meal of creative, yet local, cuisine. Notes :: Open 5 – 10 pm daily for dinner, lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, and weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday) 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Reservations are accepted online here.
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