Legends Steakhouse & Sports Bar: Cool Atmosphere and Eclectic Menu at the Former Waldo Peppers

. October 1, 2016.
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Legends Steakhouse & Sports Bar

(Home of the Hancock County Sports Hall of Fame)
411 S. Main St. | Findlay
419-422-7000
Hours: 11am-10pm Monday-Thursday | 11am-1am Friday |
11:30am-1am Saturday | 11:30am-9pm Sunday
Legendsfindlay.com
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Takeout and catering, as well as a large banquet hall for occasions, available.

Formerly Waldo Peppers, Legends Steakhouse & Sports Bar swung open its doors in August, boasting a sophisticated, clean look and a revamped, upgraded menu. Diners can take in the game on TV or gain inspiration from local sports heroes, their tales and treasures displayed in the restaurant through a partnership with the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame.

“They did the decorating and they take care of it,” said Legends owner Jameson Botimer, of the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame. “They’re a big part of who we are as a restaurant.”

After closing for two months, Legends’ opened in mid-August. “I wanted to have a steakhouse and sports bar mix,” Botimer said. “This is not fine dining, but it’s a place where you can get a really nice steak, or just come for a burger and a beer. I wanted to hit both crowds.”

Legends is one of the only steakhouses in Northwest Ohio offering Certified Angus Beef, and the eatery is also Wagyu certified, Botimer explained. Wagyu is a Japanese cattle breed, the finest quality beef available in the U.S., and is intensely marbled, with a softer, tender texture, and lower cholesterol.

Dine with history

My family and I were excited watching the progress of Legends under construction. The outside, with its rustic, stone trim, modern black awnings, patio seating, and garage door style front wall (that can open in nice weather,) adds appeal in general to Downtown Findlay. We couldn’t wait to check it out.

The inside is just as cool.

The Hancock Sports Hall of Fame and overall sports theme is colorful and alive amongst the sleek black ceilings, brown floor, gray and white walls, and wood trim throughout. It’s a chance to dine with history. The wooden and glass display cases – full of things like baseball gloves, jerseys, golf shoes, medals – and the plaques and pictures of Hall of Fame honorees, bring a wonderful ambiance to the restaurant, providing conversation pieces.

When my family and I visited, we sat in the front of the restaurant near the open overhead door. Cool, fresh air streamed in as we watched football on 20 flat screen TVs (one in the back has a whopping 100-inch screen!)

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Intriguing menu of choices

Legends menu is an upgrade from Waldo Peppers. You can find exciting appetizers such as crab stuffed mushrooms or Legendary nachos; soups like lobster bisque or French onion; and a wide variety of salads, such as the grilled flank steak salad. Wings and boneless wings are available, as well as flatbreads, delicious high quality burgers, wraps, sandwiches, seafood dishes including King Crab legs, a number of tempting entrees, and of course a wide variety of exciting steak choices, like the Wagyu coulotte sirloin.

Legends offers a nice “Pee Wee” menu with with six entree choices and six side offerings, but as usual, my kids both jumped at the chance for chicken strips and waffle fries. My son also ordered a salad. Both enjoyed their meals with my 7-year-old daughter offering commentary about the waffle fries: “I couldn’t eat them all day, but they’re very good.”

That’s just how you want it, right?

My husband and I had a harder time choosing, but in the end he selected the “intriguing” Cajun Prime Rib Sandwich – seared prime rib with Cajun spices, spring mix, tomato, pickle, red onion, horseradish chive sauce served on a brioche bun. He skipped the horseradish chive sauce and savored both the sandwich (the prime rib was “tender and juicy.”) and waffle fries served along with it.

I ordered the Marsala Chicken – a lightly breaded, pan-seared chicken breast topped with sweet marsala wine sauce and mushrooms served over a bed of pasta with a grilled French baguette. It was delicious and the chicken was tender, well-seasoned, and cooked perfectly. My salad was also fresh with dark greens – my favorite.

Legendary impressions

Overall our visit to Legends was pleasurable. I love the sleek look, inside and out, and the open air concept; the Hall of Fame is well done. The food is tasty and you can find something for any mood.The atmosphere is a fun place to watch “the game.” We did experience a couple small snafus in the service – our appetizer was forgotten and I had to ask for the bread that came with my meal. These are kinks that, in time, I’m sure will be worked out, and they didn’t affect my enjoyment of Legends, which can seat 180 people in its main dining areas.

So Findlayites rejoice! We have a cool, new place to gather, with or without the kids, for memorable food and a great time.

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The Short Course

Kid-friendly: Very
Noise level: High (During Ohio State game)
Bathroom amenities: Beautifully renovated, very clean
High chairs: Yes, and booster seats
Got milk? White and chocolate
Kids’ Menu? Yes, very nice variety
Food allergy concerns: Let your server know, and she can guide you to suitable menu choices.