Charming as a Parisian sidewalk café, Leon Bakery and Café is the newest addition to the Verdugo Woodlands neighborhood. With a vast display case of artistic pastries, a tower of rustic homemade breads and a casual menu of things that go well with coffee, Leon tempts the eye and, for the most part, pleases the palate.
The food at Leon runs the gamut from “wonderful in every way” to “more style than substance.” I went three times just to make sure of my assessment. My favorite meal was breakfast, which happens after 9 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The breakfast croissant ($7.50) is very good. It comes stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheese and a choice of sausage, bacon or ham, the latter of which I highly recommend for its strong, smoky flavor. The eggs Florentine ($10.50) is nicely presented and tasty as well, with poached eggs, spinach and a mild hollandaise sauce.