On another return trip from the High Uintas via Mirror Lake Highway, we decided to give the Gateway Grille in Kamas a try on a weekday afternoon for lunch. My friend wanted a sandwich and chose the grilled chicken and swiss served on a foccacia bun. I wanted something a little more extravagant so opted for one of their specialties, sauteed prawns and feta cheese with tomatoes and basil in a spicy anisette cream over fettuccine. The sandwich was priced at $6.95 and comes with Lay’s Potato Chips; fries, soup or salad as sides cost extra. My pasta was $12.95. It says on their web menu that during lunch all pastas are served with warm bread and balsamic dipping sauce, but I never received any. It could be that their menu had changed since they put it online, or I was just stiffed out of bread. I don’t recall what the restaurant menu said.
The restaurant only had a few tables occupied and it seemed kind of a long wait before the food was served considering they weren’t that busy, but it was eventually served and with a smile. Let’s start with the sandwich. I did ask my friend why of all things did you order just a chicken sandwich? He said this is supposed to be a grill, so they should have an awesome grilled chicken sandwich, right? Fair enough. Well we both tasted the chicken sandwich and the meat was totally overcooked and very dry. The bun was toasted which made things worse because it was dry too. Lay’s chips, they were fine. So for $7, we got a dry chicken sandwich & a bag of chips. Really, a Wendy’s chicken sandwich would have been better and you would have gotten fries and a drink for less money. Not off to a good start.
My pasta dish, on the other hand, was very tasty. The fettuccine and prawns were not overcooked and the sauce was seasoned just right. Was it worth $12.95? If they gave me the bread that was supposed to come with it, maybe. I don’t know. I just expect a lot more from restaurants these days. I don’t want to spend my hard-earned money on mediocre food. And considering this was lunch, I would have been happier spending $8.95 for the pasta and perhaps $7 would be okay for the chicken sandwich if at least some fries came with it. I mean, come on – a bag of chips, really? I know it’s not easy running a restaurant and hard to stay in business, but you need to wow us if you want us to return. The chicken sandwich was overpriced and just not good at all. The pasta dish was tasty, but we think overpriced for a lunch item.
So we have been to the Road Island Diner in Oakley and both the Yolk on Main and Gateway Grille in Kamas. If you are really hungry from a long hike in the Uintas and on your way back to Park City, then go ahead and try one of these restaurants, but I wouldn’t make it a destination in itself. There are some new restaurants that have recently opened in Kamas and we may give them a try next time. If you have eaten at the Gateway Grille, let us know what your review is by commenting below.
KD Davis says
I live in Kamas and have eaten at the Gateway Grill many times. Every meal I’ve had has been supurb. The restaurant is owned and run by an ex-Deer Valley Resort Chef and many of the dishes use locally grown produce and meat.
Why didn’t you ask for the bread instead of complaining about it? Just curious.
Park City Guide says
My dish was very good & I’m sure the owner didn’t grill my friend’s dry chicken sandwich. As to the bread – I wasn’t aware bread was supposed to come with my meal until I came home and read the online menu (mentioned in post) which is why I didn’t ask. The waitress also didn’t return to our table until we were both already finished with our meals.