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Park City • Movies may be the main attraction at the annual Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday, but diners with independent spirits will want to discover one of the seven restaurants that have opened recently in Park City.

Just like the films, these eateries offer a culinary view of the world, from Australian's famous vegemite at Five5seeds and Harvest to Canadian poutine at Riverhorse Provisions on Main Street. There are Japanese ramen and Asian fusion at Momo Haiku and East Coast lobster at Freshies. One can enjoy breakfast in the Garden of Eden dining room at Church Public House or, after the movie, watch one's dinner get cooked over an open flame at Firewood.

While they vary in atmosphere, price and location, all seven have the potential to be audience-choice winners. Here's a preview of each restaurant and the food they serve.

Church Public House

Blessed with a great location at Park and Heber avenues, Church promises to be a religious experience for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu includes upscale eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, hamburgers, salads, pasta and more. Owner Michael Diamond, who also owns The Cabin bar on Main Street, got biblical inspiration when remodeling the 7,000-square-foot historic building, constructed in 1891 and originally used as a boarding house. Sit at communal tables in the Garden of Eden and Wilderness eating areas on the main floor or head upstairs to Heaven and Hell, where a bar is planned once the restaurant gets a club license from the state. Until then, guests can still order beer, wine and cocktails with food. Prices $12-$25. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 628 Park Ave.; 435-604-0850 or churchpublichouse.com .

Firewood

As the name suggests, menu items are prepared over an open flame using hardwoods like cedar, cherry and maple to create foods with rich flavors. The chef/owner is John Murcko, who has been a culinary fixture in Park City for more than three decades, most recently as the executive chef at Talisker. Last year, he took over the Cisero's location, remodeling the historic Main Street building to include an open kitchen and adding a custom-made open-flame grill with five separate cooking stations. Firewood's decor features industrial finishes, reclaimed bricks and timbers and a private dining room called the Chef's Library. The Nickel Bar on the lower level allows guests to enjoy a cocktail without having to order food. Prices from $12-$50. Open daily for dinner at 5:30 p.m.; 306 Main St.; 435-252-9900 or firewoodonmain.com .

Five5eeds

Andrew and Tracy Percy opened this café hoping to replicate the breakfast-all-day cafés — or brekkies — they enjoyed while growing up in Australia. It's the second Down Under eatery to open in Park City in recent months. (See Harvest below.) While both serve vegemite and toast with a smashed avocado and a poached egg, the menus differ. At Five5eeds, named for the Percys' five children, the menu also includes shakshouska, Moroccan baked eggs topped with goat curd and aromatic dukkah (a spice blend that includes hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander, cumin and peppercorns); and crumbed chook, breaded and fried chicken topped with apple and jalapeño slaw. The restaurant, near the state liquor store and market, also serves imported Australian coffee. Prices from $6-$16.50 Open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 1600 Snow Creek Drive; 435-901-8242 or five5eeds.com .

Freshies Lobster Company

Lorin and Ben Smaha started Freshies Lobster Co. in 2008, originally serving their authentic East Coast lobster rolls from a tiny tent at the Park Silly Sunday Market. Eventually they worked their way up to a food truck and just a few months ago opened this small brick-and-mortar shop in a new building on Prospector Avenue. Lobster rolls are the star attraction, made with Maine lobster shipped in fresh regularly, and served inside a split-top bun and drizzled with warm butter. The bright, casual eatery also serves lobster sliders, lobster lettuce cups, lobster salads and lobster bisque. And for an extra fee you can get your plain grilled cheese with lobster. Rounding out the menu are a respectable New England clam chowder, a few sides and locally made pies from Auntie Em's. Prices from $8-$25. Open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 1897 Prospector Ave.; 435-631-9861 or freshieslobsterco.com .

Harvest

Move your body and eat good food. Emma Worsley is helping Park City residents do both as the owner of Studio Pilates and Harvest, a new café that serves light, healthy food in the updated Rio Grande Building. Worsley pays homage to her native Australia, offering customers toasted sourdough with vegemite and baked beans topped with poached eggs, herb ricotta and pistachios. There are Asian-inspired flavors as well, including Vietnamese pork belly roll, Thai beef salad and the Buddha bowl of goodness with brown rice, pumpkin puree, roasted tomato and fermented cabbage in a miso ginger dressing. Worsley worked with Park City's Hugo Coffee Roasters to replicate the flavor of her favorite Australian coffee, and she uses other local ingredients when possible, including bread and pastries from Eva's Bakery and eggs and honey from Clifford Farms. Prices from $5-$18. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 820 Park Ave.; 435- 604-0463 or harvestparkcity.com .

Momo Haiku

What do you get when the menu combines Japanese ramen, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches and Chinese steamed buns? The new Asian fusion restaurant called Momo Haiku. This laid-back eatery opened last October in a strip mall on Bonanza Drive and chef and co-owner Efrain Carrasco says he makes everything — except the noodles — from scratch. The pork belly ramen is a favorite, as the rich broth takes 18 to 20 hours to cook and starts with roasted beef bones from Utah's Snake River Farms. Other top sellers include the pork shoulder banh mi and the teriyaki beef buns. Away from Main Street with plenty of parking, Momo Haiku also is affordable, as everything (except salmon and other seafood options) is $10 or less. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 890 Bonanza Drive #104; 435-602-1901 or www.facebook.com/momohaiku .

Riverhorse Provisions

Park City's fine-dining favorite — Riverhorse on Main — gets a casual sibling. Part market, part café, this "gourmet noshery" is at the top of Main in the updated Imperial House. In the market, there are grab-and-go items as well as packaged foods like cheese, chips, olives, pasta, aspirin and diapers. The eatery portion of Provisions includes eggs, breakfast wraps, salads, healthy grain bowls, sandwiches and a grass-fed hamburger. Also appearing on the menu are the signature smoked meats and wild game that Seth Adams, the chef and co-owner of both Riverhorse properties, is known for. The menu includes wild game chili and smoked beef brisket with kohlrabi slaw. Provisions also pays homage to Canadian poutine. Order the classic french fry dish with brown gravy and cheese or bump it up with roasted vegetables and black beans or chunks of tender elk, buffalo and venison. Prices from $6-$12. Open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ; 221 Main St.; 435-649-0799 or riverhorseprovisions.com .

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