When I was a teenager, I went on some pretty extreme cycling adventures with an excursion company. The first one spanned the southern US, covering almost 3400 miles in six weeks. We left Savannah, GA and culminated our ride in Los Angeles, CA. I was fifteen on that trip, the youngest of the group.
I've lost touch with every person I met on that journey, save one. He and I have been through a lot together, and we haven't seen each other in a few years, but I can honestly say I've never had a more true friend.
Today, after at least three years since our last visit, we met for lunch at Leon's Full Service in Decatur, GA.
We had drinks, snacks, lunch, even dessert. The menu was compelling and piqued my interest.
Starting off with the pub frites, served with our choice of a plethora of sauces. We tried the goat cheese fondue (because, yeah) and the smoked tomato mayonnaise. The fries were excellent and the sauces were delicious.
For lunch, we both tried sandwiches. I had the portobello patty melt, which delivered in flavor, but the mushroom had not quite expelled enough juice in cooking and was tough and soaked the bread with liquid. Served with a black pepper mayo, greens, and a great sweet onion sauce- I would try this again, in the hopes the mushroom might be executed a little better.
My favorite parts of the meal were the sides that came with the sandwiches- a warm chickpea and dried cherry salad, and spicy fresh corn and peas with cilantro and cotija cheese. The chickpeas were succulent and layered, with a great piquancy from the dried cherries and aged provolone. The corn and peas were super tasty, but after eating a few spoonfuls, the heat was a bit too much for me.
Rounding out our very leisurely meal, we went ahead and had the dessert of the day- a strawberry buttermilk cake with candied mint and pineapple. The cake was moist and flavorful, and the candied pineapple was perfect.
The best part of our meal, though, was the service. All of the staff was welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable. Truman has been joining me on every excursion due to some separation anxiety issues when we've left him in the hotel, so we sat outside in the super muggy and hot Atlanta summer on their patio, and no one batted an eye. They all loved on Truman and brought him a bucket of water.
I will return to Leon's in the future, and I would recommend it as a place to try.