They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Does this mean that in turn, brunch is the most important meal of the week? You work real hard, and brunch is the best way you can reward yourself after an exhausting forty hours of labor spent at your monday through friday. The weekend is for going to bed without setting an alarm, cheating on your week day diet and throwing around the phrase “treat yo self” one too many times. The question that comes to mind as the whistle blows at 5pm on Friday is, “where will I be brunching this weekend?”, and the answer to your weekend prayers is Laura’s Bar and Grill in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Laura’s Bar and Grill opened a year ago, following huge success at the Laura’s Pleasant Valley Diner, so you could say that they have flipped an egg or two, and know their way around a breakfast menu. Let’s make it brunch with some booze!
The king and queen of brunch beverages are bloody marys and mimosas. I personally worship bloody marys, and am willing to travel out of my way for a particularly good one. And the bloodys are Laura’s are good enough that I would walk there if I have to. I think of bloody marys as a blank canvas; the tomato juice base can be dressed with spices, seasonings, toppings and rims galore. Laura’s lets you take the reigns and build your own bloody, so you can get real creative. Of course you’ve got your traditional garnishes that make a bloody a bloody; your celery stalk, your trio of skewered olives and lemon.
To kick it up a notch, opt for a crispy piece of bacon or a slab of beef jerky. Maybe stuff those olives with Bleu Cheese. Even the tomato juice gets a makeover with options like lemon and rosemary, pineapple habanero for that sweet and spicy mix, or extra spicy for those who love heat. To finish off your masterpiece, give your lips something yummy to meet when they first touch the glass to sip! We went with an everything bagel rim, and it was everything I had hoped it was. Think of all those yummy flavors from your favorite breakfast carb, but instead its the doorman to your favorite brunch cocktail. YES!
Bottomless mimosas are always* a good idea. (We put an asterisk for that one friend we all have who ends up having eight and falling asleep at the table.) Mimosas are actually filled the brim with Vitamin D! So drink up! We got a extra fancy and got a white cranberry mimosa with a sweet sugary rim. Pinky up!
OK it’s time to dig in. We are starting off with the star of the show; the pancakes. We piled up a bunch of Laura’s signature cinnamon bun pancakes, heavily doused them in maple syrup and lathered them with warm butter. Think cinnabon meets your grandma's ol fashioned flapjacks.
That good! Perfectly fluffy and thick! Swirls of sugary cinnamon are topped off with a sweet icing. So whether you keep em stacked and cut slices like your eating cake, or you eat em one at a time (that’s how I do, make em last longer), these pancakes will definitely make your morning leveled up.
For something savory, the lobster eggs Benedict comes *highly* recommended. First of all, eggs benedict is my number one savory brunch item. Carbs, layered with meat, guaranteed runny egg, and then topped with thick, buttery hollandaise sauce. Cut a slice, and liquid gold spills out, coating everything on the plate in magical flavor. OK enough of me fangirling over eggs benny. Although they typically come with ham, the beauty of the benny is that you are a god damn adult and can do what you want! No ham sub lobster, the finest, most delicate creature of the sea? Oh OK! Yes, that’s right, tender, sweet lobster meat graces the eggs benny at Laura’s. Treat yourself to something nice this weekend!
We all love a classic breakfast; scrambled eggs with homefries, bacon and sausage. Don’t forget my side of ketchup! Think about getting a bite with each of those piled onto your fork, mmm. Now, imagine that whole bite, but on top of pizza.
Now that I have your attention, Laura’s breakfast pizza was made with the dreams of brunch goers, still sleeping soundly in their beds. And when you wake, your dreams are real, and you can have pizza for breakfast. (not the cold pizza you left in the box, on the floor after getting home at 3 am last night) Sprinkled with melted cheese and a drizzle of ketchup. Your brunch fairy god mother has blessed you this morning!
The classic breakfast sandwich is such a perfect go-to for first thing in the morning. Breakast + cheese + and carbs. Ok, done! At Laura’s breakfast sandwiches are a little cuter than your normal. The breakfast sliders were cheesy little sandys with runny egg, sausage and a lil brioche bun (you know how we love buns!) Served with a side of crispy homefries, these sliders are going to change how you eat your breakfast sandwiches!
Every good breakfast has a great sidepiece. Homefries, toast, and fruit cups, whatever your mood is telling you at that very moment. One of my all time favorite side is corned beef hash: a mash up of seasoned beef and finely diced potatoes, all salty and crispy. This is a side that can really finish a meal, and it is a signature side at Laura’s. The recipe coming from years of popularity at the diner, you can now have it for brunch with your bloody mary. Thanks, Laura!