Who Doesn’t Love a Good Burger?

Funny how when life gets complicated, sometimes we just need a burger! What’s your pleasure? How would you like it? With cheese, bacon, chili, mushrooms, pineapple, grilled onions? So much to choose from!  The following spots offer some of the best burgers around:

Char’s Hot Dogs

131 First Street, Benicia: Delicious dogs, but, yes, they offer lots of yummy burger options, too!  Your choice of fixin’s, made to order and served hot and fresh. Choose from a selection of more than 10 specialty burgers. Great onion rings as well. A local treasure for more than 25 years. 

Lucca Bar & Grill

439 First Street, Benicia: The Lucca Burger, an all-time favorite, offers an American Wagyu blend 1/2-pound patty. Comes with pickled onions and your choice of cheese. Or, try the Trio of Beef Sliders.  Enjoy while listening to live music in the beautiful outdoor beer garden.  

Bud’s Giant Burgers

3849 Sonoma Boulevard, Vallejo:  A Vallejo institution serving hearty burgers and crispy fries.  Bud’s just celebrated their 50th Anniversary! Known for generations as offering the best simple, classic burger around. They grind their own meat and cut their own potatoes. Everything is fresh and tasty with a large helping of hometown nostalgia. 

Bella Siena

127 First Street, Benicia: The Grilled Kobe Beef Burger is a winner. You might have missed it—it’s only offered at lunch. Try it with blue cheese, mushrooms, or bacon, or the works! The fries are hot and crispy, or you can go green with the salad. You might want to savor with a good glass of red wine on the covered patio—life is good. This is Gracie’s favorite!

Happy Summer!

The Sandlot

1993, 101 minutes, Sports/Comedy, PG (language, tobacco use)
Streaming on Disney+, Amazon Prime, Apple TV

Some reviewers say this a comfort movie, or…maybe just a classic movie that’s become a cult favorite. Take a sentimental trip back to the 1960s; a time of innocence when the joy of being young was everywhere, while playing baseball with your buddies in your small town.  Kids just being kids, enjoying the summer and having some good old-fashioned fun. Scotty Smalls moves into a new neighborhood with his mom and stepfather (Denis Leary). He desperately wants to fit in.

The screenplay is original, quirky, off-center and unconventional.

No winning and losing here, just the beauty of friendship, the funny and touching adventures of growing up, and the lessons learned while facing your fears. Anything is possible after all!

Benny Rodriquez, “the Jet,” is the best player on the team and lives by the words of the famous Babe Ruth, who came to him in a dream: “Heroes get remembered but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you can never go wrong.”

The movie seduces you with memories of what really matters when you are 12.

There’s even a subplot with a dog (an enormous English Mastiff, named The Beast) and a cameo by James Earl Jones. Movie trivia: some who grew up in the 60s-70s culture may remember the famous line: “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!”  Scotty Smalls lives on. Relax and enjoy references to PF Flyers, The Great Hambino, bungee jumping and mini-malls—so many reminders of another time.

Boys, baseball and burgers!  What’s not to like?

Movie Magic gives The Sandlot 4 Moons out of five. 

The Sandlot movie art