After all this time it’s still fun to meet up with Ray, talk and laugh and solve the world’s problems while we travel to a new restaurant, and then continue our conversation over, hopefully, a wonderful, new breakfast discovery. We’ve always used three elements when rating a meal; coffee, homefries and the main part of the breakfast. The fourth, tacit element is the camaraderie…that always gets a ten. Since we start our day with a ten it’s extra nice when we find a place worthy of our friendship. I’m so very happy to report that we have found another gem, Leon’s, 230 Waseca Ave., Barrington. This is one of those places you might drive by without thinking to stop. It’s just there in the midst of a residential neighborhood. Do stop. We were very impressed. The menu was not extensive but we’ve come to see this as a good sign as we feel the chef can concentrate on doing a few things well. Like Ray I got one of the specials. My choice was biscuits and gravy which came with homefries and two eggs. I love biscuits and gravy. And I loved this take on this classic breakfast comfort food. (On a side note, isn’t most anything for breakfast comfort food?) There were nice bits of sausage in the gravy (yum!) and the biscuit was phenomenal…homemade and loaded with herbs. What a nice take on the traditional buttermilk biscuit. I’m with Ray on the homefries, though I wished the portion on my plate (see the picture) was greater. However, since Ray had ordered a side, I could swipe some from him. The coffee was meh. How does the song go? Two out of three ain’t bad. A big shout out to Colby, our waitress, for answering a whole lot of questions and being a really good server. And as with most places like this be prepared to pay more for your meal than at your local diner. So. Coffee, 6, homefries 8.5 and the biscuits and gravy 9. Overall, I will round up to 8. Very, very nice!
Leon’s is very untypical. First of all, it was Mike’s A plan no B plan needed. Second, Leon’s is not in your average location. I think this is the only breakfast place we have found in Barrington. To top it off it is in more of a residential neighborhood than where we usually find our breakfast places. But, for two weeks in a row we found a winner. Leon’s is small, with about a dozen tables and a few counter seats. Décor is black and white, but although this may sound stark, Leon’s is quite nice and comfy. Our waitress was very pleasant, and was right there to provide a list of daily specials, and to answer my coffee question. So let me start with the coffee. I am inclined to use the word robust. It was a French Roast from a local Rhode Island coffee roaster, as our waitress told us. I have to say it was not my favorite. I am more of a Full City Roast which has less of a harshness to it. The coffee was ok, but not at the top of my list. Now for the breakfast itself. I had one of the specials, a pulled pork with sweet potato hash, two eggs over easy, and a side of home fries. Without reservation this hash was the best I have had in the last two years that we have been doing this. The potatoes were perfectly cooked, not small pieces of both sweet and russet potatoes, but nicely cut and cooked bite-sized morsels . The pulled pork did not overpower the hash, but that barbeque sweetness really complimented every bite. I ordered a side of home fries just to have them to taste, and they were great. The chef uses both red bliss and russet bite-size potatoes, cooked and spiced very well. They may have been a little dry, but still a great side. Coffee, 6; home fries, 9; meal 10+. Overall rating is an 9 because the hash was just so good.