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Serendipity at the Post 2210 E 54th Street

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About 3 months ago Pat and I “reviewed” the American Legion Post # 34. Well in actuality we reviewed the food which was put out by a fellow named Pete. I guess Pete has moved on because I got word that a catering company, Serendipity has taken over the management of the kitchen. Here is the link to their webpage. It shows the menus for both their food truck and the Legion.

I was looking forward to the meal because the menu was not your typical bar menu. Sure they have some of the stuff you would expect at a bar but also they offer crab cakes and truffle fries. To start the ball rolling I ordered a side salad.


The salad was predominately spinach with the traditional onion and grape tomatoes. It was topped with goat cheese and candied walnuts,which brought a bit of sweet and a nice tang to my mouth. The whole dish was rounded out with an excellent Raspberry Vinaigrette. A great salad and bargain at $3

I opted for a Crab Cake sandwich. The chef doesn’t fry the cakes like a lot of people would he puts a sear on it and finishes it off in the oven. So I can tell myself it is Heart Healthy.

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The cake was big with a nice and juicy interior and what I would consider a near perfect texture and consistency. You could actually taste the crab. If I were to order it again I think I would do without the mayo and onion. Both seemed to interfere with the “crabbiness” of the cake.

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Pat ordered a burger, no onion, with a side of slaw. He also ordered a side of steamed broccoli for 3 bucks.

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Well I think the Legion has a winner here. It is going to be a challenge I’m sure. The clientele is more “mature” than other joints so that could be problematic. Some old guys can be stuck in their ways. Also Legions are known for low prices, and Bill;the Chef/owner of Serendipity uses very high quality ingredients so that right there can make the thing difficult. I think that the crew at the Legion is in for some good eating. Also it is open to the public so you don’t have to be a member to dine there. I think they have plans to have certain designated nights for BBQ ribs and Prime Rib. So that ought to be all kinds of fun.

American Legion Post 34 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

6 responses

  1. Ricky Sue

    We have been getting their crab cakes for the last two years at the ClusterTruck and they are definitely up there as the best around on the east side! They do two “sliders”which are big enough that we split the order! Glad you have finally got to taste something from the food trucks out here, Binsin!!

    August 24, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    • So am I. For at least 2 years I have been wanting to go to the Cluster Truck at Ellenberger and/or the one downtown but so far I haven’t. To date the only food truck I have tried is Duos and that was a few years back. Someday.

      August 25, 2016 at 4:07 am

  2. That mayo does appear to be sliding down the crab cake. Was it a chipotle mayo? It almost looks like thousand island dressing. And Pat got off lucky on the broccoli! I’d say I have to send overcooked flaccid broccoli back to the kitchen about half the time. Or sometimes it’s just plain brown and gnarly, like they don’t even look at it while they chop it. But of course, good service is half the battle at a restaurant, so I’m glad you got a good one.

    August 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

    • It was a roasted red pepper mayo. Pat was indeed lucky with the broccoli,the portion was huge. Funny thing about broccoli is I don’t like it cooked properly. I cook it properly for the public but for me eating I like it faded green and limp and topped with canned cheese sauce. Go figure.

      August 25, 2016 at 11:52 am

      • Must have been a dear memory from childhood. That reminds me of eating at the neighborhood cafeteria with a half piece of fried cod and broccoli w/ nuclear orange sauce.

        August 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      • Sorry it took me so long to get back to you but I just now discovered your comment. You may be right. I know what food should taste like and how it should be prepared. However;that being said, sometimes you just like,what you like. Even if it IS limp broccoli w/ “nuclear orange sauce”.

        August 31, 2016 at 3:54 pm

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