We visited Leon’s during a surprise tropical storm in mid-September. I describe it as a surprise because the storm formed on land, which no one was really expecting. The sky was gray and it had rained buckets on the city all day. Comfort food was what we needed, preferably fried in lard and seasoned with Old Bay.
Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oyster Shop is an industrial, New Orleans-esque restaurant located in an old auto body shop on a less-fashionable stretch of Upper King. The outdoor patio is filled with colorful tables and vintage chairs. I can imagine it’s a hopping place on a Saturday around lunchtime.
The menu is abbreviated—you won’t linger on the selection as you decide between chicken or seafood. Although if you’re interested in drinks, they have quite a selection of cocktails, ales, and even wine on tap. I ordered the fried chicken sandwich, which came with a side of toasted sesame cucumber salad ($12). Jesse had the fried oyster sandwich, which came with their tangy “Comeback” sauce ($13). The crowd was light, probably due to the storm, and the service was fast.
Speaking of coming back, I would definitely revisit Leon’s in the future, preferably on a sunny day to enjoy the patio with friends.