The Spicy Lady
One of the West's most interesting restaurant-bars is in Hebert City, Utah
Born in Korea and adopted by Dutch parents, Jai Wurfbain acquired a British accent while working in London as an investment banker.
As he traveled the world during his banking career, Wurfbain took cooking classes in his spare time. During a Park City ski trip, he fell in love with Utah.
While back at his desk in England, Wurfbain bought an acre of Utah mountain land sight unseen on eBay for $10,000. It turned out to be a gorgeous property with spectacular mountain views above Heber City, just minutes from Park City.
After having a log home built on the land, Wurfbain flew to Utah to check it out and ended up calling his London office to say he wouldn't be coming back.
In 2006 he purchased the oldest building in downtown Heber City and turned it into one of the most interesting restaurant-bars in the West.
The Spicy Lady features a menu created by Wurfbain with what he calls "international peasant food" — recipes he picked up during his travels around the globe.
Everything is homemade — even the mayonnaise and salad dressing. The restaurant's Old West ambience makes it a great place to enjoy the comfort food.
Of course you can always opt to forgo a meal and have a drink at the oldest original bar in Utah, which evokes Western saloons of yesteryear.
• Info: 435-654-4288, www.spicylady.net