Leon’s Full ServiceJessica | October 4, 2009
Last weekend was a great one food-wise for me, as I got to visit Star Provisions, Holeman + Finch, and even convinced Mario to ride out to Decatur to try Leon’s Full Service.
Leon’s was packed when we arrived, and since we didn’t have a reservation we had about a 45 minute wait. But Atlanta saw some great weather post-flood, so we sat on the patio and people-watched both at the bustling bar and on the sidewalk out front. Who knew Decatur had a nightlife?
When we were seated, we quickly scanned the menu, unfortunately passing on the pub frites appetizers with ~10 different sauces to choose from, and both settled on items from the “sandwiches” section. I had the Coastal Shrimp Gyro (tomato, red onion pickles, greens, cucumber yogurt), and Mario had the burger (tillamook cheddar, catsup & mustard, bread and butter pickles–minus everything but cheese and +bacon), both with side orders of pub frites. We are working on both diversifying Mario’s palette and improving his photography skills (see burger photo below)
It was dark, so no first bites (and I realize I’ve been slacking in that area lately, I will do better!), but my Shrimp Gyro wasn’t bad. The cucumber yogurt had a nice zing to it, but unfortunately it was disproportionately located in the front of the gyro. The shrimp were grilled and really nicely seasoned. Mario enjoyed his burger, and we both loved the fries. Think the “au naturale” type like Five Guys or Holeman + Finch. With the pub frites side, you can choose one sauce to try (as opposed to the app where you get 2). Mario had the spicy mango ketchup, and I tried the garlic aioli. Mine was a little too mayonnaise-y and not garlicky enough, but we both liked Mario’s fruity and spicy mango ketchup, though it was slightly runny.
Leon’s was consistently packed from our arrival around 9pm to when we left after 11, so it’s obviously a hot spot. The food and extensive beer selection make it worth the short drive to Decatur.