Review: This place is awesome. I would recommend to anyone looking to let loose and have a great time. A little crowded but not worth wining about!"
Father and Sons is a pub across from the University of Ottawa. The crowd during the school year is apparently very student in nature - local pub and watering hole. I arrived on a summer afternoon, and while there were a few students, the patio I sat in offered an interesting mix. A few youths debating some philosophy, a British woman discussing with a friend/colleague, her time in India and issues around adoption, and several middle age men who every staff member and every other person in the bar seemed to know.
The service was slow. Really slow. Friendly mind you, but I noticed the staff seemed extremely stressed despite it not being that busy. It took a while before I got a menu. The first waitress gave me 1 minute to look over the menu before she asked if I was ready; I said I needed another minute (you know, to actually look at the menu). After a long while, I was starting to think she wasn't coming back. And she didn't. The other waitress finally came to see me after I made some eye contact. She was friendly and apologized for the wait, and I was just happy to order some wings and curly fries.
I sat on the patio because it was a nice day, and I can take photos with natural light much easier. Since I do a lot of reviews by myself, it can be a bit awkward in a dark place to have a bright flash go off, and people wondering why that guy by himself is taking pictures of his food.
Now I normally don't care too much what people think (most people are too insecure to eat by themselves), but I do these reviews in relative anonymity from the staff - I want an honest review of the food and service, and a flash might attract the curiosity of the waitress and ask why I was taking photos of my wings. While taking photos in groups and of your food in restaurants is becoming more accepted and common place with the blogosphere and flickr sights and digital cameras, even I can admit a guy taking pictures of his wings by himself looks pretty weird. On a patio, people have way more distractions and I have more light. It's win win.
My two orders arrived at the same time. My basket of curly fries looked good. I was fearful of the cheap frozen ones that never have enough seasoning. These, however, were perfect. They tasted like Arby's curly fries, and those are my standard for this spiraling potato fare. Slightly spicy, crunchy, and temperature hot to the very last bite.
2008 THE SCORE 3.0: Father & Sons ~
$5.99 for 6
$7.99 for 10
$14.99 for 20
$21.99 for 30
No heat – barely a tingle
A small medium sized wing, no meat
Dry with sauce on the plate
Hard – definitely over cooked
Ok – pub wing sauce
Mon/Sat $0.35 a wing after 7pm w/drink purchase
Patio, great curly fries
Not worth the wings, stick to the curly fries
Father & Sons
112 1/2 Osgoode Ave