Season 9 of How I Met Your Mother premieres tonight and I’ve got Barney Stinson on the mind. Though it’s no MacLaren’s bar, I’m sure if Barney visited The Legend Cafe in Irvington he would deem it Legen–Wait for it…Dary. Located in the little strip across from the historic Irvington Theatre sits this quaint cafe that has been serving traditional American food to the Irvington neighborhood since 2003.
The strip was relatively quiet, but once I stepped into The Legend I realized that this must be a local favorite. It was hopping with coworkers eating lunch out and friends catching up over a good meal. Almost every table was taken, but the one thing I was most impressed with was their fast service. I didn’t even have time to check all my email before my plate was brought out to me.
The Legend has interesting hours so be sure to check to make sure they’re open before just popping in. They are completely closed on Sunday and Monday, but they are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am – 2:30 pm, Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, and Friday through Saturday from 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm. At this time of the year you should take advantage of the lovely porch where you can enjoy your meal in the crisp autumn air.
The atmosphere in The Legend is relaxed and homey. I loved that they had traditional paintings created by local artists on the walls. The cafe is also divided with one side housing the dining room/kitchen and the other has more dining space and the bar. The prices are reasonable and the cafe is perfect anyone. I bet even the kids will like it!
Anytime I try somewhere new I like to ask what their most popular dish is. My waitress, Stephanie, directed me to the special of the day: A juicy pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw and she recommended the pepper jack macaroni and cheese. It tasted like heaven, but it was incredibly heavy. If you’re looking for a meal that will stick to your ribs, this is it. The sandwich was tender and sweet with a nice flavoring added by the coleslaw and the mac & cheese was grown-up and had a fantastic spicy kick to it. I ended up leaving with a to-go box and had the rest for dinner. I’ve heard great things about the graham cracker ice-cream that they buy locally so it’s on my list for next time.
After your meal, take some time to walk around the Irvington strip. You’ll find some one-of-a-kind antiques, vintage clothes and a shop with a lot of quirky and fun items made by locals.