words + pictures / ALICIA WACHON
Lazy Sundays call for one of two options. You can either lounge in bed until the early hours of the afternoon thinking about the iconic bowl of Cheerios calling your name from the kitchen. Or, your other option is to drag your friends out for brunch like the champs that they really are. If you’re considering the latter, I’d suggest Laurier Social House.
Located in the Sandy Hill area, this place is serving hearty meals using local ingredients and get this: all for the price of $5.95—no joke. Their social media platforms show how it’s a great spot for the night crowd with their menu of fish and chips, “dive bar” mac and cheese, and their signature cheeseburger spring rolls.
However, it’s an even better cosy hangout where those on a budget can enjoy some quality food at one of the most affordable prices in Ottawa. Did I mention $5.95?
Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and their menu offers choices for everyone from a classic eggs benny breakfast to a stellar hash smothered with homemade hollandaise sauce. I ordered the Scrambled Eggs Carnitas—simply a breakfast version of a taco with smoky pulled pork, scrambled egg, sliced avocado, chipotle crema sauce and shredded lettuce in a mini flour tortilla.
The pork was rich in flavour and subtle in seasoning which is a total bonus if you’re looking to avoid a heavy meal. The avocado mellows out the heat of the chipotle and that lettuce is a life saver for bringing texture into a perfect bite. Two tacos come per order, making it totally possible to finish off your home fries, tilt back your cup of coffee and call it quits without feeling too full.
The service itself could have been a bit more welcoming when you first arrive. But they make up in wait time as I didn’t wait longer than 15 minutes to be seated, order food, and have it delivered still hot. Including tip and tax, you can guarantee that your order won’t cost more than $10 at the Laurier Social House—it’s so insane and yet, so satisfying.