Bandoleer's Restaurant & Lounge
120 – 1 Avenue, Canmore, AB, T1W 2T4
This restaurant serves up good Tex-Mex style food and fun from its location in Deadman’s Flats, east of Canmore on Highway 1.
|Cuisine Type |||Mexican, Steakhouse, Tex-Mex|
|Ambiance |||Casual, Theme Restaurant|
|Meals Served |||Dinner|
|Amenities |||Live Entertainment, Local Favorites|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Getting There |||Next door to the Big Horn Motel in Deadman’s Flats, a few minutes drive east of Canmore on Highway 1|
|Winter hours dinner only Wednesday-Sunday 5PM – Close. Summer hours daily dinner only 5PM – Close. Summer hours usually commence in mid-June. Call to confirm.|
Profile Last Updated: May 01, 2009
The décor at Bandoleer’s brings to mind the warm architectural stylings common in the U.S. southwest and Mexico, with adobe coloured walls, tilework, a fireplace accented with a ceramic mosaic, and candle sconces fixed on the walls. It all fits with the cuisine, which is definitely influenced by the Mexican theme. Here you will find enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, southwest spring rolls, barbecued ribs with chipotle (smoked-dried jalapenos), beans, rice, and other Mexican delights. The food is prepared only when ordered, using fresh ingredients and homemade, from-scratch sauces. All of the meats are cooked slowly to bring out the flavours.
Add Some Jazz and Blues for Spice
On Friday and Saturday nights throughout the year, the owner of the restaurant breaks out his guitar and brings together his trio on the small stage to play jazz, blues, and requests for the patrons. In the summer, other nights are added for live music, and guest artists visit from time to time, so check with the management if you want to be entertained as well as fed. It makes for an evening filled with fun. The live music packs them in, so reservations are recommended.
So What is a Bandoleer?
If you do not know, a bandoleer (also spelled bandolier) is a leather strap with loops to hold bullets, usually worn diagonally across the chest. You have seen them, of course, because they are standard issue props for every mustachioed, sombreroed bandito cliché that ever appeared in a grade B western movie. When asked about the name, the owner replies that it “fits in well in a place called Deadman’s Flats.”