H and I (and B too) are creatures of habit. Once we find something we like, we tend to stick with it. We like to explore new things too, of course, but we do tend to return to the same well over and over again, like going to Moab each year, camping twice in one season at Cobblerest, going to the Porcupine when we don't want to think of someplace else to go. With respect to dining, part of why we repeat the same places over and over again is because we live about fifteen miles south of Salt Lake City: while there are tons of places to go out for beers or dinner in SLC, options are rather more limited where we are, and those options tend to skew towards the national chain variety. I hate eating at chains and avoid it as much as possible. So when we learned about the Tin Roof Grill, only a short drive from home, we knew we had to check it out.
The Tin Roof Grill (9284 S 700 E, Sandy, UT) is a small casual dining establishment, recently featured on Diners Drive-Ins & Dives (no, we have not seen that episode yet). We got there around 8 p.m. on a recent Friday night, finding several available tables and spots at the bar; a number of tables would fill after we sat down, making for a decent later crowd. The menu is not overwhelmingly huge, with a variety of appetizers/small plates, salads, hot sandwiches, pizzas and pastas. Since it was a warm evening, I struggled a little to find something that sounded appropriate - I don't find pizza and pasta appealing in warm weather - ending up with a house salad and order of pot stickers. H got the steak sandwich and we both had Moab Dead Horse pints - a bargain at $3.39.
The food was fine although nothing spectacular. H wished the roll for his sandwich had been crusty rather than chewy; I thought the house balsamic salad dressing and the sesame/soy/ginger dipping were too oily. The pot stickers were flavorful, served with a very nice Asian slaw, and the salad itself was fresh and good-sized. We were too full for dessert but were impressed with the list of homemade cheesecakes - over eight varieties, by my count - with the day's special being a chocolate maple with bacon cheesecake (!).
We won't go back to the Tin Roof Grill right away but it's nice to know about another decent local place in town - and we'll have to check out the cheesecake the next time we do too.