Leon’s Full Service
131 East Ponce De Leon Avenue at Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Dave and I went to Leon’s Full Service (sister restaurant to the Brick Store Pub) for a late dinner on a Wednesday evening. Initially we were given places at a table designed for a large party since that seemed to be the only available option. Our hostess mentioned that we were seated in Really Rad Waitress’s section. Besides feeling somewhat awkward at the banquet table, we were adjacent to the men’s room. Really Rad Waitress kindly allowed us to move to a more private and cozier booth when one came up. She had a cool personality. I guess you have to be a hip gal to work at Leon’s. Tattoos for bonus points.
Leon’s features a line of rotating quality beers on tap. I perused the winter cocktail menu but it was too springy out for whiskey drinks. The bar made me a margarita that earned my approval.
Dave had been to Leon’s several times, so he recommended we share the Brussels sprouts hash. It smelled and tasted like a hug, so familiar and yummy. The menu states that there’s also Pine Street bacon, Fuji apples, and sweet onions. Bacon, it’s all you need. The sprouts were kind of deconstructed so no little globes in case you were wondering. I actually tried cooking some Brussels sprouts this week. Raw, they smell sort of like broccoli.
I went for one of the specials: mixed grill of pork loukanika sausage and duck confit terrine with green lentils, sea island red peas, golden beets, dried cranberries, pork jus ($16). I liked the sausage fine, though I found the terrine to be a little more superior. In case you were wondering, loukanika is a Greek sausage flavored with zesty orange peel. It wasn’t overwhelmingly orange, in case you were wondering. The peas & lentils had a bit too much salt, and normally I don’t like beets, but the golden beets were harmless. The pork jus jazzed up the peas & lentils.
I couldn’t pass up dessert. Eventually Dave and I decided to split the strawberry rhubarb crumble ($5). Wow, it was like eating a really delightful rainbow. Everything was on point; it wasn’t too sweet, the cream complemented the fruit wonderfully, the crumble was magnificent. Mmmmmmm.
Really Rad Waitress said they would be updating their drink menu with new spring cocktails, and today I checked the online drink menu, and lo and behold, spring cocktails have been posted.
All in all, I found Leon’s to be a fun happening place with commendable grub; the crumble was a definite highlight for me. I hope to try their late-night poutine another time!