Leon’s may not have invented Atlanta cocktail culture, but it certainly brought that culture to Decatur—more specifically, to a converted gas station a stone’s throw from Decatur’s square. The brainchild of Mike Gallagher, Tom Moore and Dave Blanchard, the same folks who launched Atlanta’s beer frenzy with The Brick Store Pub, Leon’s pours some cool brews, but it’s the cocktail program that reigns. The bar staff, led by Miles Macquarrie, turn out properly made classics as well as seasonal inventions (this spring featured Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, a bright, savory blend of Espolon Tequila, salted cashew orgeat, lime and VSOP Calvados). When it’s raining, they’ll knock $2 off the price of a Dark ’n Stormy. Good drinks deserve good food, and Eric Ottensmeyer delivers: Try frites with various sauces, roasted marrow bones with green olives, parsley and orange or redfish with rice grits and Georgia rock shrimp.
This review appears in the print edition of the June 2013 issue. Like what you just read? Subscribe now.
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