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Delectable Dining

Embark on a Culinary Adventure in Sandy

Heather Stewart

May 30, 2013

No matter what kind of dining experience you are looking for—juicy burgers or a tender filet mignon—you don’t need to leave Sandy City to find it. The area’s culinary landscape is bursting with an array of flavors and unique settings. Read on to discover just a sampling of the myriad options for tickling your taste buds in Sandy.

Taste of the Southwest

One of the newest dining options in Sandy is Cantina Southwestern Grill, which offers an extensive menu of Southwestern-inspired dishes. Owner Hersh Ipaktchian says the menu is “quite extended” and likely offers the largest variety of dishes among local Mexican and Southwestern restaurants. In addition to standards like tacos and burritos, the grill has flavorful steak and seafood dishes, tasty salads, and Mexican selections like flautas and chimichangas.

As if that is not enough, Cantina boasts an unlimited salsa bar that features seven different salsas, including mango and avocado salsas. This family-oriented restaurant also provides a large kid’s menu with dinner options that include an entrée, drink and dessert—all for less than $6.

For adults, Cantina has a full-service bar that specializes in margaritas and, in nice weather, patrons can enjoy their meals on the patio. Cantina Southwestern Grill is located at the Jordan Commons entertainment complex, near the Rio Tinto Stadium and the South Towne Expo Center.

Classic French in a Mountain Setting

Set on 20 acres in the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, La Caille combines a lush ambiance with perfectly executed classical French cuisine. For nearly four decades, La Caille has been the premiere destination in Utah for special occasions due to its tranquil gardens and vineyard, as well as the charming stone chateau that houses the restaurant.

At the beginning of 2012, La Caille acquired a new executive chef, Brandon Howard, who has revamped and modernized the menu “in a classical sense.” He explains, “I wanted to bring it back to that classical, country French food that was exemplified by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.”

Howard recommends trying the poached egg appetizer that is accompanied by black truffles and polenta quenelle. For an entrée, he says diners can’t go wrong with the chateaubriand. “It’s our most signature dish…the tenderloin just melts in your mouth.”

The response to the new menu has been overwhelmingly positive. Locals are taking a new look at the iconic restaurant, and Howard says, “National and international visitors are just blown away that this quality of food is here in Utah.”

Some things about La Caille will never change, like the beautiful gardens that are a sanctuary for local wildlife and the restaurant’s signature peacocks. But with an entirely new menu, Howard says, “If you haven’t been to La Caille lately, you haven’t been to La Caille at all.”

Big-city Fine Dining

The fine dining options in Sandy rank among the best in the state. The city’s upscale establishments rival any that can be found in downtown Salt Lake City—or in the greater Mountain West region.

Tiburon Fine Dining, for example, boasts award-winning cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Tiburon’s house specialty is a Rocky Mountain elk tenderloin that is served with a creamy mushroom green peppercorn demi-glace. Other tempting favorites include a locally sourced lamb tenderloin served with a blueberry reduction or ribeye paired with a gorgonzola cream sauce.

Tiburon also offers an extensive and eclectic wine selection.

Carvers is another fine dining establishment that has made a name for itself in Sandy. The restaurant serves up a range of seafood and steak entrées, such as coconut-encrusted halibut, crab-stuffed salmon or Maine lobster. The stuffed filet mignon is wrapped in bacon and filled with blue cheese mushroom stuffing.Carvers’ dessert menu also covers a large territory, with offerings like a chocolate torte served with raspberry sauce, crème brulee or raspberry vanilla bread pudding. Carvers has

Locally Grown Favorites

Johanna’s Kitchen

Home-style comfort food—and lots of it! Check out the famous biscuits and gravy at this greasy-spoon diner that attracts crowds of skiers on cold winter weekends.



An extensive breakfast menu includes such specialties such as garbage hash—hash browns mixed with veggies, ham, bacon, and a generous topping of cheese and eggs—and the lunch menu features home-cooked favorites like meatloaf or grilled pork chops.

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