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So this morning we needed to get online--for obvious reasons--and found the signal at our hotel to be on the fritz. The WiFi at Sundance HQ, the Park City Marriott, was also down. So even though we hate to be the Internet dorks clacking away in a coffee shop, we had no choice but to fire up the laptop at Java Cow.
Fortunately, Park City seems to be a little slow waking up today, and we didn't have to fight for table space. We snagged a muffin top--properly attributed to Seinfeld--and a coffee and settled in at a cow print table. To say this place is crazy about cattle might be understating the case.
The air ducts are mottled black and white, with vents painted pink to look like utters. (We know what you're thinking, and, yes, it is gross.) Even the tiled floor matches the cow aesthetic. And after 11 am, the ice cream parlor, in the same building, opens up. Lattes and ice cream: It's a moo juice bonanza.
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Park City is unfortunately too big (and too cold) for walking and too tightly packed for driving. That means you'll be taking the bus if you have any sense. There are nine routes plus a trolley; learn them and love them, as they'll be your lifeline during a trip to Sundance. Bonus: They're free.
The main routes to know are 1 (red) and 2 (green), though all of them stop at the Old Town Transit Center, above, near Main Street. Busses that head out to The Canyons even have little ski racks on the outside, so you can commute to the slopes without worrying about parking. (One bus we hopped this morning had more people going to the slopes than not.)
While the route map can look confusing at first, it's actually pretty simple. Just make sure you're on the correct side of the street for the direction you want to go, or you'll have to ride out the whole loop. Also, if you're confused, Utah apparently has the world's most friendly bus drivers, so just ask for help.
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Not a minute after we settled into a seat at the hotel bar, having dropped off our luggage and pulled out a bus map over a drink, did a friendly guy take us under his wing. Steve's been living in Park City for 23 years, and he'd walk out into the sub-zero Park City weather before letting you go to any Mexican place but El Chubasco.
So we took the plunge and headed over. The first thing we thought was, We've eaten in lots of places better than this, which of course isn't a good feeling. But eager to ride it out, we ordered up a steak torta and a tall glass of horchata.
We got a table tent and a free little basket of chips with our order, and hit up the salsa bar for condiments. A couple minutes later, a giant sandwich came out of the kitchen for us. The thing was almost as big as a super-baleada, and it was topped up with a healthy dollop of guacamole.
Though the bread was a little weird, the rest of the sandwich was killer. Turns out spending 23 years in a town does make you an expert.
Just how popular is this place? A couple of the guys that were on our shuttle from Salt Lake City International showed up as we were headed out. Make it your first stop upon arrival in Park City!