I love a great place to catch the game now that baseball season is in full swing (sorry), and equally enjoy some hot sandwiches and tasty apps.
So, Legends Grill and Bar at 620 Veterans Parkway in Yorkville has been a frequent stop for me since it opened in 2007.
The interior is open and inviting, and the restaurant features an outdoor patio for those nice summer days and nights coming up.
There is a plethora of TV screens tuned to an array of sports, depending on the season and who’s playing.
And there are a few games for entertainment, including pool tables.
The young man who waited on me was unfailingly polite and was quick to refill drinks and ensure that I was satisfied with my meal.
For starters, Legends offers an assortment of savory delights: sliders (buffalo chicken, angus beef or BBQ pork), quesadillas, mozzarella sticks, nachos, loaded potato skins, onion straws, zucchini sticks, pickle chips and more.
But for a little something more to start out your meal, or maybe to choose for your main course, Legends offers regular or boneless chicken wings and fried shrimp, and all of them are available with a number of sauces and Legends’ signature dry rub.
During my visit to Legends, I chose Legends' “Famous” shrimp, 10 plump shrimp in a basket seasoned with, in my case, regular Buffalo sauce. Other sauce choices include buffalo garlic, sweet chili, parmesan garlic and “fire sauce.” Since I am a glutton, I ordered my shrimp with both ranch and bleu cheese.
For my main course, I ordered one of Legends' sandwiches. Their sandwiches include strip steak, corned beef and swiss, grilled chicken Philly, BBQ pork, chicken parmesan and more.
I chose the Legends cheesesteak, a sandwich generously piled with shaved ribeye steak, sauteed onions and green peppers, and melted provolone cheese on a toasted French roll. It came with a dipping sauce that had a horseradish flavor to it, and it paired perfectly with the sandwich.
Legends also offers a wide selection of burgers, wraps and salads.
For those who like a little liquor as a kicker to your meal, Legends has a variety of mixed drinks, including martinis, along with beer and wine.
Legends is a great place to gather with friends to watch a game or to get some of those delicious Buffalo shrimp. I’ll certainly be back for those.
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Legends Grill and Bar
WHERE: 620 W. Veterans Parkway, Yorkville
HOURS: 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday
INFORMATION: Call 630-882-8380 or go to legendsgrillbar.com.