Wasatch Back restaurateurs win Best of State
Local restaurants are crediting their kitchens for recently-received Best of State awards given last Saturday in a ceremony in Salt Lake City.
Best of State awards are given annually to recognize achievements in business and community service. Winners are selected from an applicant pool.
First-time winners in Summit County include Yuki Arashi Sushi & Asian Tapas on Main Street in Park City and East Side-eateries Road Island Diner and Summit Inn Pizza.
Bangkok Thai on Main won the Asian/Pacific food category again. The popular restaurant on Main Street in Park City has won the award nearly every year it has been given. Owner Keith Chan attributed his success to his chefs.
"We’ve been here 20 years and have become really consistent in our food product," he said. "We have the same chefs as when we started. The quality hasn’t changed."
The recognition comes on top an excellence award from Wine Spectator Magazine. The distinction suggests he currently has the best wine list in Park City, Chan said.
Yuki Arashi owner Soo Chyung said he thinks they earned the award out of all the Japanese restaurants in the state because of the menu developed by executive chef Lita Muliadi.
"Our menu is diverse. It’s primarily sushi but has an amazing grill side and she has hot and cold items that distinguish us as being different," he said.
Hi Mountain Drug in Kamas won again for best burgers. Just down the street in Kamas, Summit Inn Pizza owned by Dan Littledike won for best "family pizza."
In Oakley, the Road Island Diner won for the first time but not for food. It was recognized in the "museums and attractions" category.
Owner Keith Walker believes it’s because the diner is the only restaurant in Utah on the National Historic Registry.
Because of its scenic location, the diner has become a popular destination. He said Via Magazine also recognized his business this spring as "nation’s classiest diner."
Zoom on Main Street won the American Continental food award this year. Manager Joanna Richards said they have won in other categories twice before. Zoom is able to earn recognition in multiple categories because the menu appeals to a spectrum of diners, she said.
"Come in for a romantic dinner for two, or a business dinner with clients, or a family dinner with kids," she said. "I believe Zoom occupies a special niche in this town. We’re located on historic Main Street in a historic building."
Zoom is owned by the Sundance Resort, which continued to impress judges. The Tree Room and Foundry Grill were both recognized. Sundance also won the Vacation Resort category, as well as best Day Spa.
Other Heber Valley winners include the Red Ledges for its golf course, the Dairy Keen for shakes and the Blue Boar Inn and the Zermatt Resort.
The Blue Boar dominated in four areas while the Zermatt won in three including best event/performance venue.
That last award is what Zermatt owner Robert Fuller said he’s most proud of this year. Fuller said the food awards (best buffet and best pastries) belong to his chefs.
Skeleton athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace won best female amateur athlete and Black Diamond Gymnastics, which also has a location in South Jordan, won best Studio as well as best Recreation/Sports Program.
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Arlene Loble served as the Park City manager in the 1980s, a pivotal period that prepared the community for the boom years that would follow in the 1990s. Loble, who recently died, is credited with introducing a level of professionalism to the municipal government that was needed amid the growth challenges.