Craving Mexican dishes? Señor Leon is open on the west side of Batavia

Guillermo Leon is a man of few words, but they are backed by integrity.

The restaurateur has opened a second Mexican-themed dining establishment in Batavia, this time to the west of the city.

“Batavia is growing and there’s more room for different types of restaurants,” Leon said Wednesday at Mexican restaurant Señor Leon. “People go to Walmart and then can come here to eat. It’s very useful.

He owns Rancho Viejo in the downtown area of ​​town and thought a second restaurant closer to the popular Big Box stores would be a good location. Señor Leon, with an investment of over $300,000, is nestled in the plaza at 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Double oak and glass doors greet visitors before entering the spacious site. Deep-blue, high-backed booths and Mexican decor — ornate gold hats, paintings, and other themed wall art — plus blue-upholstered tables and seats similar depth are ready for a comfortable dining experience.

Leon had the furniture shipped from Mexico, he said, to provide that authentic touch.

“I wanted it to be different from other restaurants,” he said.

His facility has 10 employees and he is currently recruiting for full-time and part-time positions, he said. You may need more than a glance at the menu to place your order, as it’s a huge offering of lunch and dinner options, including an assortment of burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, tamales, hard or soft tacos and quesadillas.

There are grilled and “authentic Mexicano” dishes, such as Pollo Asado, chicken breast with grilled onions and cheese sauce served with rice, beans and two tortillas; nacho supremes loaded with cheese and toppings; Chicken Popeye, a grilled chicken breast topped with creamy spinach and queso fresco with rice; and Chili Colorado, beef tips cooked with red chili sauce and served with rice, beans and tortillas.

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A little peckish before dinner? Entrees include fresh guacamole, chicken wings, nachos fajitas, tortilla soup, and shrimp and/or octopus ceviche.

Originally from Mexico, Leon wanted to expand Rancho’s menu with more seafood and “a bunch of different things,” he said. Seafood dishes include red snapper, prawns, salmon or tilapia, and there is a seafood soup with prawns, fish, scallops, calamari, mussels, octopus and a king crab leg. If meat isn’t your thing, there are also vegetarian and vegan options.

To top it all off with a bit of sweetness, there’s the fried cheesecake, the churros, the Mexican cream (flan), the raspberry donut cheesecake, the “ultimate” chocolate cake with layered chocolate mousse and buttercream with chocolate buttercream frosting, or a swirl of chocolate banana cake and peanut butter pie of your choice.

If you’re going there soon, you might notice the bar, which will be open once Leon receives his liquor license, which is in process with the state liquor board, and he hopes to have it soon.

Asked about his favorite, Leon didn’t name any of the Mexican dishes and instead admitted “I’m more of a steak.” He added that the steaks are served on a grill and cooked “to taste” according to each customer’s preference.

Recently opened, Señor Leon is attracting customers, he said.

“Everyone who comes in comes out happy,” he said. “I guarantee if you don’t like it, you don’t pay.”

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 585-250-4484.

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Top photo: Staff member Felix Ramirez shows part of the large dining room at Veterans Memorial Drive restaurant; Sergio Suniga is about to serve a plate of Señor Leon homemade appetizers: fried chicken taquitos, chicken wings in sauce and a chicken quesadilla with pico de gallo, sour cream and a special touch of the Mexican flag, above . Photos by Joanne Beck.