Every now and then you come across a place that makes you happy to be there and even happier that it serves food and beverages. That’s how I felt about . The strange thing is that I was not planning to go there, but as I was driving by I saw the sign from Port Chicago Highway and wondered “what was this place all about?”
It is at , the 18-hole municipal golf course off Highway 4 at Port Chicago Highway. I had driven by it hundreds of times but never considered stopping in, despite being an avid golf schmuck, because, well ... it was basically off the freeway. I know that sounds lame, but that’s really why. But that was my bad. The course is a local jewel. It has a lighted driving range open daily until 9:30 p.m. and on weekdays, for $41 bucks you can play 18, ride a golf cart and lunch is thrown in. That’s a great bargain.
As much as I like golf, though, the thing that caught my eye was the resident sports bar and restaurant. This is a guy’s place. It oozes manliness from the cool view from the dining room of the patio and driving range to the eight TVs in the dining room to the cigars sold at the counter. Unfortunately, I was there with my wife and mother-in-law. On the plus side, though, they did comment on how many attractive older men were there.
Normally, this is the place to get a quick bite after the ninth hole, midway through your game, or to visit as the 19th hole to drown your sorrows or tell tales about the great game you just had. But you also can come for breakfast, lunch or a late afternoon snack when you are not playing golf. The menu will surely please all the palates in your party. It even sports a kids menu and daily specials.
Breakfast comes with a selection of omelets and egg combinations that include steak, ham, bacon or sausage. Or you can have a breakfast burrito, waffles, French toast or my favorite, the fried egg sandwich with sausage. The idea is that you get a good breakfast to take on the links. This couldn’t possibly make my golf game better but, then again, it couldn’t possibly make it worse.
Lunch offers tasty selections that you don’t normally find at a municipal golf course restaurant, including the San Francisco crab melt and the Thai chicken wrap. Actually, there are quite a few sandwich options like the Philly cheese steak, Cajun chicken, grilled tri tip and pulled pork, as well as wraps such as the BLT and avocado, Southwest chicken and clubhouse avocado. The burger selection is quite extensive. I opted for the Big Kahuna burger that came with sweet Maui onions and grilled pineapple. The combination of flavors gave a unique Polynesian twist to this American staple. Other burgers are topped with the usual cast of characters — mushrooms, jalapenos, avocado and bacon.
Salads are large and filling with such options as the chopped roast turkey club, or BBQ chicken salads or classics like a taco salad, iceberg wedge — topped with cold bleu cheese crumble, dressing, bacon bits and tomatoes — or Caesar.
It would be criminal, though, if a sports bar did not offer the usual staples: appetizers and booze. Legends has a good selection of starters that go very well with beer or whatever your favorite beverage may be. The Legends quesadilla combines roasted peppers with pepper jack cheese and caramelized onions and is quite satisfying. It is served with sour cream, salsa and guacamole. The spicy Thai wings will definitely bring me back again, as will the lettuce wraps.
Other appetizers such as chicken fingers, nachos, calamari, pot stickers and onion rings will help with the hunger pangs while you watch a sporting event on one of the numerous TVs. Legends is apparently a destination for hiding out and watching sports on Sundays. With several beers on tap, many others by the bottle and a full bar, this is a fun place to spend the day enjoying “manly” things. But guys, you can also bring your gal—even she won’t be disappointed. Tell them I sent you.
4050 Port Chicago Highway
Mon – Sun, 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.