Leon’s Oyster Bar in the West Side sounds like a restaurant idea we came up with at a bar at 2am. They serve fried chicken, hush puppies, chargrilled oysters, and really good salads, alongside draft rosé, frozen G&Ts, and soft serve, all from inside an old garage. However, their mix of highbrow and lowbrow food and drinks is super popular and this place is now one of the busiest restaurants in town. They don’t take reservations, so come when they open at 11am, grab a spot on the patio, and make a day out of it.
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