Squatters Park City Review – Great Beers, Decent Food
When Squatters took over the location of the famous Mt. Aire Cafe, many locals mourned the loss of one of the last, true breakfast spots in Park City. While the Mt. Aire certainly wasn’t much more than your typical greasy spoon diner, it had a charm about it that brought you back in time. Squatters gutted the interior to give it a much needed face lift, and the atmosphere is that of a trendy, local pub.
The best thing about Squatters is their selection of locally brewed beers. My favorites include Chasing Tail Golden Ale and Captain Bastard’s Oatmeal Stout. The latter is a smooth, creamy stout with plenty of malt flavor…it’s delicious. Squatters also features local beers by Wasatch Brewery, bringing their local beers on top to somewhere around 10, depending on the season. If you’re in the mood for something stronger, try the Wasatch Devastator. It’s an 8% double bock that will warm you up after a cold day on the slopes. If you can’t decide, Squatters features a 6 beer sampler, as well as pitchers and growlers.
In keeping with the Mt. Aire Cafe tradition, Squatters does offer breakfast from 8am – 2pm. However, most of the breakfast items I’ve tried have been nothing too special. The menu offers everything from standard egg and meat combos to Eggs Florentine, but the flavors tend to be a little bland. Park City is sorely lacking in the breakfast department though, so Squatters can get pretty crowded in the morning. Expect to pay around $10 for most breakfast entrees.
If you’re in the mood for pub food at lunch or dinner, the menu at Squatters probably has what you’re looking for. They feature a large selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and a nice selection of Pub Specialties. The descriptions and variety found on the menu are very appealing, but most items fail to deliver. I’ve tried about 10 different menu items on separate visits and have never been overly impressed with anything. A word like underwhelming comes to mind.
Getting down to specifics, the first thing that comes to mind is their sweet potato fries. This is one of my favorite pub foods, and the fries at Squatters are just not as good as others I’ve had (like at the Bayou in SLC). I’ve also tried their burgers and Tatonka Chicken Sandwich. Both were just kind of bland. Nothing special or overly flavorful; good enough that I’ll eat it, but there are MUCH better burgers in Park City.
A couple things I would recommend and have tried multiple times are the Ahi fish tacos with wasabi aioli and the Spring Roll Salad. The flavors on these two dishes are a little more bold, but again, I wasn’t overly impressed. Just a variation of standard pub food.
Despite the fact that the food is middle of the road, I keep going back to Squatters. Why? The atmosphere is great, the beers are great, and the prices are pretty good for Park City. I also live fairly close by. However, if the Red Rock Brewery was right next door, I would choose Red Rock every time. Their food is just better. The Wasatch Brewery is also superior to Squatters, but mostly because of their large patio on Main Street and upstairs bar. Wasatch doesn’t have as many menu items as Squatters and their prices are higher, but the food is slightly better.
If I had to boil Squatters down to one phrase, it would be this: Good, but not the best in town. Go for the local beers, casual atmosphere, and pretty good prices.
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