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American Legion Post 34 2210 E. 54th Street

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In our search for another old-time bar I thought of the Legion. The Robert E. Kennington Post (#34) has been located in Broad Ripple for years. Well it has moved to the former site of Just Judy’s;on 54th Street.

I read a review for it on Zomato and that was how I discovered that it had moved and they offer a lunch buffet. The buffet is both modest in price and scope. They also offer their regular menu if the current buffet selections don’t float your boat.

VFW 005As I said the buffet is a modest one. It is a one man show and I think the one man, Pete did a solid job of it. We got there about 11:15 so he wasn’t quite ready. He doesn’t want the food sitting in the chaffing dishes any longer than necessary. Any steam table like apparatus,while keeping the product warm, also dries it out.

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Baked beans and mac and cheese.

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Chicken and noodles and brisket with BBQ sauce.

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Okay. Here comes the “narrative”. The beans were nice and sweet, the way I like them. The mac and cheese was ok. Neither the best or the worse I have had. Keep in mind that mac and cheese is a very tough dish to keep on a buffet. It requires a lot of attention and maintenance. The chicken was tasty but the meat was all shredded,not too many chunks. As for the noodles (dumplings?) they were flat with a nice mouth feel and chew to them. They reminded me of the noodles my mom made so I liked them. Other folks might expect something with more fluff. The brisket was very tender and for the most part moist. Halfway through our service Pete brought us out some hot rolls and butter. These were really good. A slightly crusty exterior and a fluffy interior. He also serves cookies on the buffet. Today it was chocolate chip. If there is anything better than chocolate chip cookies hot out of the oven I would be hard pressed to say what it was. Overall I was pleased with our lunch choice. The addition of a soup to the daily offering would definitely add to the overall buffet. The buffet is served every week day and changes daily. The cost is $7.50 and sure you can find bigger but I don’t think you can find any friendlier.

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Legends Cafe-Irvington

Since yesterday was such a beautiful day. We decided it was time for an excursion into Irvington.That little part of Indy certainly has grown up. In the olden days; all that was there was a Dunkin’ Donuts and the Butler inn.Now it has some legit eateries and their own Brew Pub.Of course the pub doesn’t open until 4 pm during the week;I guess they don’t feel that there is a market for the old fart afternoon beer drinking crowd.But I digress.

The legends Café is a quaint and cozy little place. I can’t believe we haven’t been there before. We met up with a friend , Jim, who lives in the area. As a matter of fact he is the one that suggested legends. Their menu has a nice assortment of deli meats, cheeses, toppings and breads. You can order one of their preselected combos, or build your own. Any selection can be Panini grilled and is available as a half (4 $) or whole (7-9$).They also offer”hot entrées”. These are in the $7-$8 range and come with one or two sides. All of their ground beef comes from a farm in Greenfield, Indiana. And I assume that means it’s probably grass-fed. Their portions are quite rational. A quarter pound burger, 5 ounce chicken breast and meatloaf  in the 5 to 6 ounce range.Their sides are as unique as they are extensive;and not one fried item among them.

Pat had a whole turkey and cheddar;grilled.I opted for the “special”;a half of a brisket san on dark pumpernickel  with a side of baked mac and cheese.Jim ordered what I should have gotten,chicken breast with a side of pepperjack mac and snap peas.The chicken was lightly dusted in seasoned flour;crisped in the fry pan and finished in the oven.Crispy exterior,moist and tender interior.The pepperjack mac and cheese was “da bomb” and I haven’t seen steamed snap peas on a menu since Shaffer’s in Glendale.My regular mac and cheese was good as well it just wasn’t pepper Jacky.  I’m not going to say Legends deli meats were the best I’ve ever had but I am going to say that they are first-rate and with their prideful attention to detail I don’t think you will be disappointed.I am going to say that their sides are better than good so that should show you that these folks can cook.I also think the pumpernickel they use is the best I’ve had in some time.I meant to ask Stephanie(our server) where they got it,but I forgot. Speaking of servers when I asked Stephanie if I could take her picture for this blog,she hesitated.She did acquiesce if I took it with her and Jim. I still don’t know what to think of that.One last thing on servers.The servers at Legend all wear black;a uniform if you will.I know that flies against the current trend for independents to view employee dress codes with disdain;but sometimes it’s nice to be able to tell a server from a stranger that just wandered in.Legend Classic Irvington Cafe on Urbanspoon