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Edward Ericson Jr.

Y Not Chicken/Leon's

Address:222 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

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By Edward Ericson Jr. | Posted 5/6/2009

Leon Hines took over Y Not Chicken about two months ago and is trying to make a go of it with sliders, chicken, quesadillas, and a taco salad and soon a new name: Leon's. The taco salad ($5.75) in a deep fried tortilla bowl is pretty heavy on the chicken breast meat, which is a good thing. The tomatoes are surprisingly good, too, given the season, and the first bites of the mix have a snappy bit of heat that comes from something other than the mild picante sauce. Hines suggested a vinaigrette dressing, and it works better than expected. Wash it down with a Jarritos mandarin orange soda, sweetened with cane sugar. The $1.50 bottle has a sharper, not-as-sweet taste as a soda sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup or artificial no-cal stuff. Hines says his must-try is the fish taco ($7.50, including fries). The two soft tacos (hard tacos available) are stuffed with a nice fried fish filet, plus the requisite lettuce, tomatoes, and a mayo-based special sauce on the side. The fish is delicate and mild, as is the sauce--more of it IS better. The cheesy beans and rice that come with it are just so, each in their own compartment. It's a starchy good time. We look forward to Leon's expanding its menu, and getting a new sign.

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