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Since I started, I have been to many different restaurants, grilles, pubs and taverns all over Fayette County and surrounding areas. This week with Chrissie Marie’s recommendation, I traveled north on Route 119 to a well-known Leo’s pub and grille in Mt. Pleasant. Take Route 31 into Mt. Pleasant, make a left at the Dough Boy onto Route 819. Go approx. 5 blocks and it’s on your right, before Shop n’ Save.
As I approached the building, I immediately started searching for a parking spot with no luck and ended up parking in the Shop n’ Save parking lot. I entered the front door and found a sign that said, “No hostess on duty, please see bar area to be seated.” but when I entered the bar area I was blown away with how large the bar area was and still had a dining room on the other side. The large wrap around bar and additional dining areas in the back gave me the feeling I was on the set of Cheers (a popular sit com in the 1980s)
I found a table, sat down and was greeted by my waitress in 2 to 3 minutes with menus. She started off by saying they have Pepsi products but I was intrigued by the variety of beers they have on draft from the table setting. I decided to go with a glass of Leinenkugel. While she was going to get my draft, I started my search into the menu. It
took some time for my waitress to return but I really needed the time considering how large their menu is. There must be 15 to 20 appetizers, 30+ different burgers, 20+ sandwiches 15 soups and salads, pasta, chicken, steak, ribs & seafood all priced fairly decent. My waitress returned with my draft in approx. 7 to 8 minutes asking if I’ve decided. Out of the appetizers, the loaded fries seemed to be calling my name, and for my main entrée I went with the Surf and Turf (8oz Filet Mignon, 9 shrimp over a bed of cauliflower and broccoli with mixed vegetables). I swapped out the mixed vegetables for a baked potato with sour cream.
With my order in, my wait begins. I was figuring on a long wait due to the general cook time and the amount of other customers there. Much to my surprise, a server brought out my Loaded Fries in about 12 to 15 minutes. All I could say was enormous! This huge plate of fries were topped off with fresh onions, freshly cooked bacon, cheese and a great
tasting chili. I could have just ordered the loaded fries as an entire meal. But I was only a fourth of the way into this great appetizer when my main entrée came out. The filet mignon smothered in mushrooms was extremely tender; I almost didn’t even need a knife to cut my medium rare piece of meat. The shrimp was firm and fresh over the bed of vegetables in garlic butter, and the baked potato was firmly wrapped in foil with butter and sour cream on the side. I thought my filet mignon could have used a bit more seasoning, but with the mushrooms and char-grilled flavor, I never did grab the salt or pepper.
I never seen a dessert menu, but the portions from my appetizer and main entrée, I was too stuffed for dessert. So I got a to-go container for the rest of my Loaded Fries and I was on my way. Leo’s will be going into my favorites column and would recommend a visit if you’re in the area. My thanks again to Pechin Firehouse Restaurant for sponsoring my column. If you have been to Leo’s Pub and Grille and would like to share your experience, please don’t hesitate to comment on this article. Know a restaurant you would like to see a reviewed, submit your restaurant to email@example.com.