I’m always looking out for new restaurants near my office since I love variety and I love checking out new places. I get uber bored when I end up going to the same places again and again, especially since I live and work in the same area. I need new foods in my life! When I discovered there was a new gastropub like place nearby I knew I had to go and scope it out.
Legacy Brewing Tap and Kitchen is off Miramar Road, taking over the spot where Champs Pub and Deli used to be. You can’t see it from Miramar Road at all but it’s in the building that’s behind Woody’s Burgers where the rest of the parking is. It’s tucked into the corner of a building in the back. There’s a sign for Legacy off Distribution Ave. to help you find it.
Legacy’s original location is in Oceanside but they only serve beer there. I’m glad there’s food at this location!
It’s a pretty simple looking pub. All of their tables are adorned with their logo and there are a few TV’s showing various sports. On my first visit I was the only one not sitting at the bar. I hate bar stools, man. It takes too much effort for me to get onto a bar stool. I usually need to have Jake come support me while I try and scramble up into the seat. Stupid short legs.
I couldn’t find their menu on their website but I did spy it on Yelp so I made sure to include it here. Sorry, I didn’t photograph the beer list. There are three pages of beer but their website does list out the beers they brew.
I didn’t try any of the beer but they have $2 tasters and they also have a Guava beer that I might need to try in the very near future.
If you’re planning on hanging out here for awhile, they also have board games! I was wondering why there were golf clubs and then finally noticed on my second visit there’s a little green outside for a little putt putt golf.
[duck tostada / $5]
In the name of research I ordered two things on my first visit since I wanted to try extra things. The first thing I tried was the duck tostada. The tostada comes with shredded duck, pomegranate mole (with some pomegranate seeds), red onion and a little soft cheese (queso fresco, I believe) all on a blue corn tortilla. The tortilla above looks green though and I account that to it being the day after St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not a huge tostada but I felt it was the perfect size for me that day. The shell was thin and quite crunchy but it fell apart very easily. I couldn’t really pick it up to eat it and instead had to just break off pieces to stuff it into my mouth. There was a mix of sweetness from the pomegranate mole and little bursts of sweet from the seeds and also a savory tangy component with the duck. I really liked the mix of flavors!
[pork belly grilled cheese / $10]
For my real meal lunch, I opted to try the Pork Belly Grilled Cheese. Smooshed inside the sandwich is provolone cheese, cheddar cheese, thick slices of pork belly AND bacon and a sweet hoisin BBQ sauce.
It’s very gooey and cheesy. The pork belly was almost like having pork loin slices or pork chop slices – it was quite thick and meaty. I thought the bread was over toasted as the edges were too hard. The hoisin sauce was a little overpowering since the flavor and taste of it took over a bit and made it harder to distinguish the other flavors in the sandwich. I loved the idea of this sandwich but not so much the execution of it.
The sandwich also come with some french fries which were a mixed bag. Some fries were cooked well while other fries tasted undercooked. They used a good flaky salt though which made me happy. I didn’t try the pickled veggies. Surely you know why.
[chicken wings with sweet sauce / $5]
I went again later that week with my co-workers and decided to try a few of their appetizers. I went with an order of chicken wings. You have a choice between three different sauces: spicy, sweet, or hot. I picked sweet. You get four pretty large sized wings with your order and they have a really lovely, very crispy batter on them. The wings were very tender and juicy and surprisingly very meaty. I really enjoyed the sweet sauce which was thankfully NOT a Thai Sweet Chili sauce (everyone seems to use that for their sweet sauce). It was more like a sweetish glaze, akin to a BBQ sauce, but not heavily drenched. I really enjoyed these wings!
[soft pretzels / $7]
I was in a bready-carb mood and also choose the soft pretzels. I was pleasantly surprised to get a fryer basket with four long sticks of pretzels. It comes with two sauces: “That Guava” mustard which is made with the Guava beer and a beer cheese sauce. I preferred the beer cheese though I wish the cheese had been warmed. The pretzels had a nice outer crunch and a lovely soft middle with plenty of pretzel salt. These were quite delicious! It was fun seeing them as sticks instead of the usual twist.
I’ll definitely be back here to sample more of their offerings. It’s so close to work that it will definitely become a part of my regular rotation.
Legacy Brewing Tap and Kitchen
7060 Miramar Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121