Shabu has overcome a daunting location (stashed on the second floor of a Main Street mini-mall) to become one of this restaurant-saturated town’s most popular hideaways. Credit in part goes to Nobu Matsuhisa, who trained chef–co-owner Bob Valaika at New York’s Nobu and whose influence can be seen in “Freestyle Asian” creations like coconut-crusted tofu and the lightly tempuraed firecracker shrimp.
At Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge, the glamorous tree house that is the Mariposa draws well-heeled executives and exchange-rate-blessed Europeans for seven-course wine-pairing dinners that are either heavy on game—all the bison filet, wild-boar sausage, and rack of lamb one can stomach—or strictly vegetarian.
At the Wasatch Brew Pub on Main Street, pass up a booth and sit instead at the bar, where you can sip on a rich brown Polygamy Porter (“Why Have Just One!”) while staring through a window at seven mammoth brewing tanks.
To fuel up for a day of downhill aerobics, grab one of the reasonably priced miner’s breakfasts at the Eating Establishment, a warm, gently weathered greasy spoon on Main Street.