Tonight my family and I decided to dine at the sports-themed restaurant & bar, Leon’s — aka Leon’s on the Restless Ribbon — aka Leon’s Brookside, for the first time. I’ve been curious about Leon’s because according to Urbanspoon it’s one of the best burger joints in town. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try some beefy goodness for the second installment of “Just Between Buns”. However, I hate to say it but… I left feeling just not that satisfied. Full, but not satisfied. Two completely different things.
We decided to start with an order of Corned Beef Egg Rolls ($8.95) as the menu stated they are a “Leon’s Specialty”. They are described as “egg rolls stuffed with lean corned beef, potatoes, sauerkraut and cheddar cheese”. I have to admit they sounded scary but I love a good Reuben so I naively thought why not give them a try? My conclusion: I wish we had ordered the jalapeno poppers instead. All I could imagine was Gordon Ramsay wandering into Leon’s for an episode of Kitchen Nightmares and calling them “dog vomit”. They were more like poorly executed potato skins than anything else. They lacked corned beef flavor, but most of all they lacked any sort of texture other than mush.
Since this is “Just Between Buns” I had to order something on a bun! I decided to go for a selection of sliders, which in my humble opinion, it’s a pretty cool thing that you can mix and match them. I choose an order of 3 ($12.95): Bacon Cheddar (Beef patty topped with bacon and thick sliced cheddar), Little Italy (Tomato and fresh mozzarella on a beef patty with balsamic glaze and a fresh basil leaf) and Buffalo Chicken (Breaded chicken with buffalo sauce, Gouda, ranch, lettuce and tomato). Out of the three the Little Italy was my favorite with the hint of tangy balsamic and the crisp basil. The beef patties were juicy and the variety of meats was nice – I was kicking myself I didn’t try the BBQ Pork slider! Also, the buffalo cut fries (thin, crispy seasoned potatoes) were a hit at the table.
My sis, Jennifer, decided to order a couple sliders as well. She tried an order of Bleu Cheese Canadian Bacon ($9.95 for two). Beef patties topped with bleu cheese crumbles and a thick slab of Canadian bacon. She enjoyed her sliders; however, she found them to be lacking a sufficient amount of bleu cheese.
Eric went another route, a sans buns route, and ordered the Buffalo Chicken Pizza ($9.95). Seasoned chicken, bleu cheese, mozzarella and buffalo sauce. He thought it was a pretty good pizza and even decided to take the leftovers home for snacking on later.
On a positive note, the service was really good and the prices were reasonable. I doubt I will ever go back but I can see a group of guys or gals going there for a casual drink and to catch a game on the boob tube. My appetite may not have been satisfied but at least my curiosity about Leon’s has been.
Leon’s is located @ 3301 S. Peoria