There have been countless times where I’ve walked past an enticing restaurant, but have yet to build up the nerve to go inside. My general reluctance is due to the fact that I want to ensure that I make the most of my culinary experiences, in which case I more often than not opt for a tried, tested and true dining establishment. Thankfully, Kingstonist has forced me to broaden my gastronomical horizons, and embrace new taste sensations in locations that I’ve overlooked in the past. This past Saturday, I set out downtown to break the Megalo’s brunch routine and try something different.
After a quick walk up Princess Street, we decided to check out a nondescript diner that was intoxicating the sidewalk with the smell of fresh baked bread, bacon and eggs. Serves You Right is located at 164 Princess Street, and boasts an all day breakfast, take out and catering services. Previously located just around the corner, SYR has been at their new location for just over a year. With prices that are extremely affordable, my first impression was that we were in for deep fried meal, and fortunately this was far from the case.
Their menu includes the regular breakfast fare of bacon and eggs, omelettes and french toast, but also includes options ranging from smoked meat hash to frittatas. Within the first minute of taking our seats, our coffees were poured and we were salivating all over our laminated menus. As we placed our orders, we were delightfully presented with a variety of breads and bagels to choose from, which turned out to be a highlight of the meal. Although famished beyond belief, the kitchen staff made quick work of our orders, and we were enjoying our meals in no time at all.
Serves You Right was relatively slow during brunch on Saturday, however the wait staff didn’t check with our table to ensure that our orders were correct. My omelette, bagel and home fries were quite delicious, but that didn’t stop me from having to get up to ask for a second cup of coffee. Despite this minor service blemish, and the sparse decor, I would still highly recommend SYR as a quick and affordable alternative to Kingston’s institutional greasy spoon, Morison’s. In fact, after reviewing their lunch menu, I am extremely interested to see if their home made breads make for better sandwiches.