Cozy little cafe located on 4th avenue between Cambie and Main streets.
Laura's easily rivals the 'Nice Cafe' for best greasy spoon in this area. It's easy to miss as it's tucked away in the industrial neighbourhood that is 4th @ Manitoba.
Laura's is like a lot of diners, with all-day breakfast menus under the glass on the tables (which are mostly booths), daily specials on a whiteboard, and banker's hours.
A few things that set Laura's apart from the rest are:
A) Lots of newspapers. The Province, 24 Hours, Metro, Straight, etc. All stacked neatly on the center table so you don't have to search for them.
B) Chewing gum, lighters, and other non-food necessities for sale by the till
C) Extremely quick service. Your food will probably arrive before you finish reading the gossip section of the 24 Hours
D) Bubble Tea!
E) Very large selection of canned drinks a la New York City delicatessens. Don't feel like Diet Coke? Have Diet Pepsi. Don't feel like Diet Pepsi? Have Diet Seven-Up. Don't feel like Diet anything? You get the idea.
F) Always busy, but never too busy. At Nice you sometimes have to wait in line for a table. I've only had to do that once at Laura's.
G) Really cute paper (not styrofoam) takeout containers with cute little cartoon animals dancing on them.
The lady (owner? 'Laura'?) who is in charge of the till is very friendly and always smiling. They have a daily Asian food special which is either chicken teriyaki, beef with black bean sauce, or other. There's usually a Montreal smoked meat sandwich, which is decent. The burgers are decent. Bubble tea is $1.99 after 2pm. The clubhouse sandwich has eggs, cheese, and just about everything else your pregnant girlfriend or hungover co-worker could possibly want all at once in one sandwich.
The hours are 6am-4pm Monday to Friday, or something like that. It's definitely a place for the work/lunch crowd.