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Posted December 31, 2014 in Community Featured, Email blast, Johnston

There are three kinds of eateries in the restaurant world, it seems. You have what I would call main focus restaurants that are devoted to one ethnic cuisine or steak or pasta or seafood. The menus tend to be small.

The crab cake sandwich with a side of waffle fries was a satisfying lunch at Legends American Grill. Photo by Kathleen Summy.

The crab cake sandwich with a side of waffle fries was a satisfying lunch at Legends American Grill.
Photo by Kathleen Summy.

Then you have your fine-tuned restaurants; those that serve only cupcakes or only burgers or only hot dogs. There may be 15 kinds of hot dogs on the menu, but it’s just hot dogs.

And then you have restaurants like Legends American Grill that serve everything from soup to nuts. OK, so maybe there aren’t any actual nuts on the menu, but you get the idea. This makes Legends a great place to go with a family or a group, and indeed, there was a Christmas get-together going on at one table when my dining companion and I stopped in for lunch recently.

If you can’t find something you like on Legends’ menu, you just aren’t trying. There’s a long list of bar appetizers, soups and salads, steaks, seafood, pasta, burgers, wraps, chicken sandwiches, comfort food and lunch sandwiches. Trying to make a choice can be mind-boggling.

Fortunately, a lunch menu is available that narrows the choices for those in a hurry. I was ready for something out of the ordinary, so I ordered the crab cake sandwich for $7.99. My dining companion was ready for something besides a sandwich, so he ordered the teriyaki salmon wrap for $9.49. Both were served with Legends’ waffle fries.

My sandwich had soft, tasty crab cakes dressed with chipolte aoli and fruit salsa on a toasted ciabatta roll, which provided a nice contrast in texture. There were just enough thick, crispy waffle fries to round out the meal without inducing a carbohydrate coma.

My companion’s salmon wrap was so generous he took half of it with him for later. The tortilla was filled with large chunks of fresh pineapple, shredded lettuce, mozzarella cheese, wild salmon and teriyaki sauce.

“The best part is the salmon,” he said. “It’s healthy.”

Healthy salmon from a menu with a healthy amount of choices for a healthy, hefty appetite.





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