LegendsIn a word: If you're reading this it's too late.

The specs: #00944  
439 Grand Canyon Dr., 53719
Details at Yelp, Legends Sports Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon
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JM ate the nachos.
John at the hamburger.
Nichole ate the chicken sandwich.
The bill was about $10/person plus tip.
John gave Legends a B+; JM gave Legends a C+; Nichole gave Legends a B (see our grading rubric).

We went to Legends on a slow night at the end of January.  There was no big game on the screens, just minor NBA action. Legends is really big.  Not quite a west side Pooley's, but maybe a Damon's in its day kind of place.  We settled into the long bank of booths and were served pretty quickly.

JM went for one of his standards: nachos, no olives.  These were decent, but not great.  It seemed like they had gotten a little too much heat as they were being warmed for serving and some of the chips tasted more burnt than they should have.  The toppings were mostly standard, but things that could have been fresh, or fresher, were canned in some circumstances. 


John found a pretty good burger. Served on toasted ciabatta, this cheeseburger was served at a juicy medium rare as ordered. The cheese was cheddar, though many more options were available, and the bacon, lettuce and tomato were all fresh and well prepared. 

Nichole's chicken was also pretty good. The large piece of chicken was tender and not overdone.  The bun could have been toasted, but was otherwise up to the task.

Chicken sandwichBurger on ciabatta

There's a lot we left on the table, so to speak.  With an extensive menu of apps, wraps, salads and steak dinners, Legends could be a place that is easy to take co-workers for after work drinks and food or to watch the big game.  We were not watching the game when the Badgers defeated Kentucky recently in the Final Four.  We were out and about.  And every place in Madison was dead.  But not Legends, which must have had overflow into Delaney's parking lot it was so full. So that's what it is for.

BTW, their kids' menu is called "Future Legends," which is pretty cute.

Edible Book Festival 2015

The Edible Book Festival is coming to Memorial Library on April 13! Come see and vote for your favorites - and if so inclined, make your own edible book! The entry deadline is Friday, April 10. More details are on the event's website.

You can check out our reports of previous years here - 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 - and below, enjoy a brief history of the event that we wrote up for our book, but that sadly just didn't fit.

The Edible Book Festival is a free public event put on each April by UW-Madison Memorial Library in celebration of National Library Week and the International Edible Book Festival.

The Edible Book Festival first came to UW-Madison in 2006 for the centennial celebration of the University's School of Library & Information Studies. Two years later, Memorial Humanities & Social Sciences Library began hosting the event. Anyone can submit an entry, and past edible books have been made by a diverse assembly of community members, organizations, and University faculty, staff and students. The public is encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite entries. Figures from the Madison food community are also invited as guest judges to award prizes in categories such as "Most creative use of ingredients," "Best entry based on a children's/teen book," and “Funniest/punniest.”

Entries celebrate some aspect of books and reading. Some interpret the plot, characters, settings or themes from books in ingenious ways with fruits and vegetables, bread, pretzels, cookies, and candy. Others take the concept literally, crafting book-like objects from cake (a common format) or even using phyllo dough, matzoh, or custom-made bologna as "pages." Even ebook readers have appeared in recent years. Humor is often a part of the best entries, from the highbrow to groan-inducing wordplay.

The history of the "edible book" festival goes back to Thanksgiving 1999, when librarian Judith A. Hoffberg was at a dinner with some artists. Their common interest in book art fired their imaginations, and they started talking about making books out of real food. The themes of eating words, playing with food, and sharing stories inspired the idea of a loosely-organized festival, which grew into an international event. Edible books have been celebrated annually around April 1st since 2000; the date is both a wink at April Fool's Day and a nod to French gastronome and wit Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Béatrice Coron, a cut paper artist, was instrumental in creating an online home for sharing in the "ephemeral global banquet." Today edible books are created in dozens of countries and shared on the Books2Eat website and Facebook page.

Bonus content

A couple things we wrote recently ran elsewhere. Recollection Wisconsin, the digital library portal, hosted an online exhibit on the history of McDonald's in our state. And today Isthmus ran Catching up with the Eating in Madison A to Z bloggers, in which we spill the beans about a book we wrote.

So welcome and/or welcome back, and thanks for reading!

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