Sure, you could make this at home, but it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. The menu item I chose the last time I visited the Legion Café (after wandering through the beloved museum) read: Lelystad… Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grilled on Sour Dough Bread with Creamy Tomato Soup.
Reflecting the current exhibit at the Legion of Honor, the inspiration for the menu is Dutch. But it has an American twist. And of course Sour Dough Bread is a San Francisco staple.
If you haven’t had a chance to catch the Dutch Masters exhibit yet, you should. It’s exquisite! And it’s almost over! Don’t miss out on these stunning works of art. It ends October 2nd, 2011
If you can’t get there by this weekend, don’t worry. The Mourners exhibit will be on display through December 31, 2011. And Pissarro’s People will be arriving October 22nd 2011.
When you’re done admiring the art, you can always fall back on this comfort food combination favorite for lunch after working up a well-earned appetite. It’s hard to go wrong with grilled cheese and cream of tomato soup. Such a simple combination takes many of us back to our days of childhood favorites. How is that a bad thing? The creamy soup is hot (you’ll have to blow on your spoon to cool it off) and mild, with bits of Mir-poix (carrots, onion and celery) giving texture to the otherwise simple bowl. The sandwich is hearty, resting on a bed of mixed greens. It comes with a pickle spear to boot… more than enough to recharge you after meandering through the maze of marble halls. And it’s safe to dunk your sandwich into the soup here. I highly recommend it.
The Casual Café has choices for every taste and budget. Great quality and spacious seating make for a relaxed, upscale, yet unintimidating atmosphere.
Need another suggestion. Here’s a link to my last article on this wonderful café…
If you’re feeling adventurous, and would rather sample something a little less familiar, consider a Bitterballen, or a Broodje Kroket. They sound exotic, but they are really just wonderful sandwiches at heart.
Support the arts, and eat well while you’re doing it!
Legion of Honor
Lincoln Park | 100 34th Avenue • San Francisco, CA 94121 | 415.750.3600