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The Purple Sage – A Local Restaurant Review by Our Contest Winner

13 July 2009 By: Casey One Comment | Restaurant Reviews

Our winning review writer, Kenny Levine, writes about Park City’s very popular and chic Purple Sage Restaurant. Congrats on winning our contest and our first place prize, a $60 gift certificate to any Park City restaurant of your choice.

The Purple Sage

Review written by Kenny LevinePark City's Purple Sage

The Purple Sage. A plant that delivers a spice favored by the very wise and a restaurant in the heart of Park City, Utah. And make no mistake; a trip to the Purple Sage is certainly the choice of the wise and discerning diner.

More often than not, you’ll be greeted by Travis, the owner, and the progeny of the proprietors of nearby Café Terigo. Travis always seems to recognize us, or at least he’s actor enough to make us believe that we’re more than welcome back.

And for us, it’s Le Canard that brings us back again and again. I’ve been in pursuit of the finest duck preparation from the east coast to the mountainous west and have found it at the Purple Sage. The menu lists it as “Sugar and Chili Cured Duck Breast, on Green Chili Macaroni,” and it is nothing short of fantastic.

The duck is a fatty little bird, much like my Aunt Agnes, but Travis tames this water fowl like none other. I would not deign to speculate on how he does it, and frankly who cares as long as he continues to do so.

If duck is not your thing, the Veal Meatloaf is a delicious alternative and its picture should be in the dictionary under the heading of comfort food. My mother routinely made meatloaf when I was growing up, but not with a “hint of roasted poblanos and pine nuts” like Travis does it. I’m not sure what a poblano is, but it obviously belongs in a meat loaf.

The Purple Sage features a full bar and a very complete wine list, so for the duck, a meal not as mild as a chicken, nor as powerful as a heifer, I like something bold yet meek, like a red zinfandel.

If you’re still hungry after your meal (not likely but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to eat), ask for the Bread Pudding, described as a being prepared with “golden raisins and pine nuts, topped with cinnamon ice cream over hot buttered rum sauce.” Head for the gym the next day if you must, but rest assured you’ve had one of the best meals this little town has to offer.

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One Comment »

  • Julie J. said:

    We’ll never dine at Purple Sage again. What started out as a lovely evening for a group of eight locals last night turned into the worst dining experience we’ve ever had at a restaurant anywhere. We brought bottles of wine, which is very common in UT. Our server brought glasses, uncorked the bottles and walked away. We had to pour our own wine, which was unusual, but we gave it a pass. We ordered appetizers, starters and entrees all around, which were served leisurely, but were weren’t in a hurry and didn’t mind the relaxed pace. After we paid our $600+ bill, including $25 per bottle corkage fees and 18% gratuity, the owner came by our table and impolitely asked us to vacate the table as he had other guests waiting. Stunned, we put on our coats and left. We stopped at the door and spoke to the owner briefly, explaining that we had never been so rudely asked to leave a restaurant before. The owner, Travis, said he “didn’t care”. He had other customers who would actually buy wine from the restaurant and he needed the table asap. Needless to say, we won’t be dining at Purple Sage ever again. The food was good, but the service was marginal and we were given a bum’s rush out the door. I’ll add that the short ribs, while tasty and tender, were the fattiest I’ve ever had anywhere. How sad that the owner of this restaurant felt compelled to treat guests so badly ….

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