The horse head sculpture inside Bandits’ Grill and Bar is assembled from found objects from our nation’s past, sculptor Terry Jones explains. “People can recognize padlocks, a sparkplug and wrenches,” the Texas artist says, naming some of the objects he incorporated. “Artifacts bring back memories. Someone might say, ‘My granddad used a hammer like that.’”
The sculpture introduces the feeling of a welcoming, comfortable inn that is the essence of Bandits. The eatery bears a contemporary mountain feel. Warm reds and browns and touches of stone and brick provide bright accents for the concrete walls. The indoor-outdoor bar features a garage-style door that opens up to the patio, “where you can belly up to the bar and still be outside,” owner Shane Barber says. He explains that his partner Ron Parker created the Bandits’ brand when the two opened the first Bandits’ in Southern California in 2003. Barber moved to Park City and operated a Bandits’ there before launching the Cottonwood Heights location in 2015.
“I’m a service-oriented owner,” Barber makes a point of saying. “My staff is like a family to me. There is no way I can do what I do alone.”
Tri-tip steak is the pillar of the menu. “We begin with Midwestern choice beef that is always fresh. A little salt and pepper is all we add to the tri-tip,” Barber says. Along with steaks, chicken sandwiches and a variety of burgers, seafood and fresh salads round out the menu. Kids can order smaller portions of Bandits’ flagship items from the children’s menu. The Desperado Margarita, featuring Herradura silver tequila and Patron citronage is the most popular drink from a full bar that includes a variety of mule drinks and local beer from Epic Brewery and Shades of Pale. “All of our desserts are homemade—everything from a brownie s’more to a seasonal cobbler. We make everything from scratch,” Barber says. “We enjoy being up in the Utah mountains—it’s a beautiful place to work and live.”
Bandits’ Grill & Bar
3176 E. 6200 South,