Leo’s Grandevous

Leo’s Grandevous – Hoboken NJ

SEE 2006 DINNER REVIEW BELOW

Description – Italian restaurant serving Hoboken for over 60 years. Casual café atmosphere. Entrée price range $7 -$16.
Services – Bar, Italian restaurant, private parties
Website – www.leosgrandevous.com
Address – 200 Grand St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – (201) 659-9467

Not a good location to get a decent pic. Too many power lines.

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September 2006

A group of us had originally intended on going to that NY Milkshake Company that was supposed to open up, but it hadn’t yet. So since it had been a while since I was personally at Leo’s, we decided to give it a shot.

My previous impression of the food at Leo’s was that it was uninspiring and bland. Is that still the case?

But first let’s talk about the decor. It certainly has that old school Italian “charm” if you will (read: about 100 pictures of Frank Sinatra stuck in your head, but your probably already knew that). Nothing pretentious about it. Since they banned smoking in NJ, the smell inside has improved considerably. The bar, as one reader indicated, is oozing of formica (or similar). But it’s clean, spacious and well organized.

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We went at an earlier hour, so the dining room hadn’t been overwhelmed with people yet, which was a good thing. The seating is rather tight, but still had a warm enough ambience to be enjoyable.

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Linda was our waitress and she came over, quickly took our drink orders and brought some hot bread and sauce, which was delicious. I have to say, even though one might indicate that the sauce is “bland”, it has started to grow on me in a unadulterated manner.

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After a couple minutes, Linda came back, pulled up a chair, and had a nice “discussion” with us as to what we would like to order for dinner. She made recommendations, and described the food in detail. This personal and friendly style of service is one thing that you’ll remember positively and will make you want to return again. A+

We wanted to sample a large variety of items on the menu. All of us ordered different entrees and sides along with a couple appetizers.

Starting with the el cheapo plain bar pie for $3. Looks rather boring, but I have to say, after eating a couple pieces, I found it to be suprisingly tasty. Something about the cheese made it hit the spot.

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We also ordered a side of these steak fries. People had mixed opinions about them, but I think they’re my favorite fries in Hoboken. They soak the potatoes in water for a long time prior to flash frying them. They were very crispy, and not oozing with oil. A slightly different taste than you’d expect from a fry, but you’d get used to it in a good way.

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Other sides were chosen, such as the mixed salad and a cup of vegetable soup (I think). Both scored high marks for quality of ingredients. The reviewer who ate the soup stated that it was chock full of veggies.

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For my entree, I chose the very popular chicken sorrento dish ($14). Chicken, breaded eggplant, mozz, and those little tiny ham-like bits (I don’t recall the name), cooked in a pink sauce with a little white wine. I found this to be amazing! Chicken cooked perfect and juicy. Packed with flavor. Loved it. Could only eat 1/2 and Linda gave me the rest to go, along with a roll to make a sandwich the next day!

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Since it was Friday, we had the choice of the “Friday Specials”. One person chose the Eggplant Parm platter ($10.50). I know she thoroughly enjoyed it, but I tasted it and found it to be somewhat below what I expected. I guess I’m picky with eggplant, but something made me think I liked Rosario’s version better.

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Our last reviewer picked the Chicken Marsala ($14). She gave the marsala positive marks. Again, the chicken was cooked ideally. I tasted this as well, and agreed on the chicken and sauce, however, the mushrooms struck a funny chord with me. I opted out of them. Personal choice, I presume.

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Thankfully, none of us could put a dent in our meal (that’s what you get when you stuff bread in your gullet before the rest of the food comes out). But we were still offered a nice cannoli and some after-dinner cordials. We all shared the dessert, and one reviewer stated it was hands down the best cannoli she’d ever eaten. I don’t particularly like them, so I finished with a Sambuca and coffee.

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Now that I’ve gone back to Leo’s and enjoyed my meal, atmosphere and service as much as I did, I will certainly come back soon to try some of the other signature dishes. I’d like to taste more of the Friday Specials (such as the Filet Sandwich for $6), one of the plethora of bar pie options, and other entrees. Many people argue it’s nowhere near “the best”, but it’s gaining ground in my book. You really don’t leave there feeling ripped off or poorly served. That goes a very long way these days it seems.

The best picture in the house was that Rat Pack one they had on the wall with Frank, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin laughing and smoking up a storm.
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72 Comments on "Leo’s Grandevous"

truth1
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truth1

Leo’s is ok, Three A’s, great, Court St., great value, Helmer’s, best burger and Biggies, great value and fast.

foodlover
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foodlover

My recent experiences at Leo’s( I go about twice a month) were terrible. The food is still decent, but the wait staff should be working at a truck stop diner. two of the watiresses were arguing with each other, swearing and threatening, in front of tables with kids, and it went on for a half hour. This is not the 1st time I’ve seen this, they are rude and don’t pay attention to your empty glass. The only good servers there are the old lady and the gay guy.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

food lover..40 years ago bar pies only 35 cents..food great..You have to realiize its thrid generation running the place and leos sons nat and reno ran the place and did most of the cooking..I believe one of the brothers has passed at a young age and their sister martha was the head waitress and part of the family .Now her kids and grand kids run the place. Juke box mostly Sinatra songs..Today it has become commercial and still good but not the same… 🙄 [quote comment=”205274″]My recent experiences at Leo’s( I go about twice a month) were terrible. The food is still decent, but the wait staff should be working at a truck stop diner. two of the watiresses were arguing with each other, swearing and threatening, in front of tables with kids, and it went on for a half hour. This is not the 1st time I’ve seen this, they are rude and don’t pay attention to your empty glass. The only good servers there are the old lady and the gay guy.[/quote]

homeworld
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I found their food OK. Same prices as Bennys, but nicer atmosphere.

dirtyjerz
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I haven’t been here since the renovations, and I used to love this place, but I went there this past weekend. All I can say is this place has gone to shit. The food isn’t as great and one of the waitresses there is a total bitch. Didn’t care at all to be our waitress, very rude, never checked on us. The place wasn’t packed and it was still early in the night, so it wasn’t like she experienced the stress of a busy night. Lesson learned, goodbye

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

[quote comment=”52880″] it was terrible. the olive oil had turned, the tomato sauce honestly, tasted like it came right out of a can, the fish we ordered tasted awful….[/quote]

Of course the tomato sauce tasted like it came right out of a can. Every day there are garbage bins full of empty, giant tomato sauce cans. The upgrade looks good from the outside, but they must have paid Al off to get their new entryway bulging out over the sidewalk. The sidewalk is now so narrow that there is not even enough room to get a double-wide stroller through!

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

Plaintruthiness….Prove to me one eatery that makes sauce from sratch? For years at times the mussels had sand in them..Even mama leones uses canned tomatos..bona petite..You can try tonys italian deli just west of Leos..Great food but not a sit down place..[quote comment=”70091″]Of course the tomato sauce tasted like it came right out of a can. Every day there are garbage bins full of empty, giant tomato sauce cans. The upgrade looks good from the outside, but they must have paid Al off to get their new entryway bulging out over the sidewalk. The sidewalk is now so narrow that there is not even enough room to get a double-wide stroller through![/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

plain ..I have to respond to your comment about the tomato sauce aka gravy..first off they make a thin sause muffi style..Second can you find an eatery that makes sause from scratch??? They all use sauce cans. btw that sidewalk has been there since 1946 with maybe some adjustments..Where the hell does Al come into this?? sit down eat and enjoy…Mussels at times are sandy..Its not mamma Leones..bona patite. 😀 [quote comment=”70091″]Of course the tomato sauce tasted like it came right out of a can. Every day there are garbage bins full of empty, giant tomato sauce cans. The upgrade looks good from the outside, but they must have paid Al off to get their new entryway bulging out over the sidewalk. The sidewalk is now so narrow that there is not even enough room to get a double-wide stroller through![/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

Years ago people didn’t bring strollers into that place .you kidding? The dinning room is small as it is…Thats the way it was since its inception..An inconvienence to patrons..
In 1946 Al was not the bldg inspector.. The place is not shoprite or kings.. 😛 [quote comment=”70091″]Of course the tomato sauce tasted like it came right out of a can. Every day there are garbage bins full of empty, giant tomato sauce cans. The upgrade looks good from the outside, but they must have paid Al off to get their new entryway bulging out over the sidewalk. The sidewalk is now so narrow that there is not even enough room to get a double-wide stroller through![/quote]

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