Bandits' American Grill in SLC 

Also: Avenues Proper, Texas de Brazil

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Smokin' Bandits
Popular Park City eating and drinkingspot Bandits' American Grill has opened a new location in Cottonwood Heights (3176 E. 6200 South, 801-944-0505, BanditsBBQ.com). The menu features steaks, ribs, seafood and such, much of which is grilled over an oak-wood fire, along with barbecue specialties, sandwiches, burgers and more. City Weekly's own John Saltas has sung the praises of Bandits' slow-roasted tri-tip sandwich to me, and I'm a fan of the almond-crusted freshwater Idaho trout with lemon butter. The roasted chicken is darned good, too.

A Proper Update
Knowing that you can never have too much of a good thing, especially brunch fare, the folks at Avenues Proper Restaurant & Publick House (376 Eighth Ave., Salt Lake City, 385-227-8628, AvenuesProper.com) are now serving brunch both Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a new brunch menu featuring three-buck Bloody Marys and mimosas. In addition, they've added a new "midday" menu that's available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily and consists of select menu items as well as $6 half-pitchers (32 ounces) of house brew. Look for a couple of new beers coming online soon, too: the Ro-Rye, which is said to be a perfect accompaniment to the braised short-rib sandwich, and Darth Lager.

Cocktails for a Cause
Through February, City Creek Center churrascaria and Brazilian steakhouse Texas de Brazil (50 S. Main, 385-232-8070, TexasDeBrazil.com) is whipping up a special cocktail to help fight breast cancer. Combining Russian and Brazilian flavors, the Double Cross Caipiroska—a "twin sister" version of Texas de Brazil's signature Caipirinha, featuring vodka and fresh limes—will be available to benefit Birdies for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit founded by LPGA golfer Cristie Kerr to raise money for breast-cancer research. For every Caipiroska sold during January and February, Texas de Brazil will donate $1 to Birdies for Breast Cancer.

Quote of the week: I was always eager to salt a good stew. The trouble was that I was expected to supply the meat and potatoes as well. —Bette Davis

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