Nestled in the vibrant community of Orleans, The Bad Alibi stands out as a culinary destination that offers elevated pub fare. Featuring burgers, carbonara, smoked salmon, fish & chips, cheesecake, and more! This establishment is deeply rooted in the local community. It is the creation of Jay and Matty, each with over three decades of experience in the restaurant industry. The Bad Alibi, a name with a playful backstory, mirrors Jay’s lighthearted approach to dining, promising not just a meal, but a memorable experience.
What sets The Bad Alibi apart is its commitment to homemade fresh ingredients. The owner’s vision of crafting high-quality, sizable portions at reasonable prices comes to life in every dish. With local meats from Lavergne Meat & Deli and a menu boasting homemade pickled vegetables and in-house smoked salmon, this eatery takes ‘made from scratch’ to a new level. The result? A menu that’s both familiar and exciting, with each dish a testament to culinary artistry.
The menu at The Bad Alibi is a journey through elevated pub fare, with comfort food taking center stage. Their top dishes include:
The Bourbon BBQ Burger (23$) is a culinary delight for burger enthusiasts. This burger features a succulent patty made from the premium meats of Lavergne Meat & Deli in Navan. It is smothered in a smoky Bourbon BBQ sauce with a hint of sweet bourbon. It’s adorned with crispy double bacon and creamy smoked cheddar, enhancing the smoky profile. The burger is topped off with crunchy, caramelized fried onions, adding a perfect textural contrast. Each bite offers a harmonious blend of smoky, sweet, and savory flavors, making it a standout choice for a satisfying meal.
Chicken and Bacon Carbonara ($21), featuring spaghetti noodles coated in a creamy sauce enriched with smoky bacon and tender chicken. The dish is enhanced with earthy mushrooms and a unique leek nest, adding depth to the flavor. A luxurious touch is provided by a rich egg yolk that blends smoothly into the pasta, topped off with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. This dish offers a harmonious blend of textures and tastes, making every bite a memorable culinary experience. Pictured here is the dish before you mix it all together. The egg yolk makes it an authentic carbonara and adds to the rich and creamy taste!
The Bad Alibi’s Fish & Chips ($18 for a single or $23 for a two-piece) offers a choice of beer batter or a unique gluten-free dill pickle dredge, accompanied by coleslaw, lemon, and tartar sauce. This dish is renowned for its perfect balance of flavors and textures, making it a popular choice among locals and visitors alike. This dish has earned The Bad Alibi a spot in our article on “The Best Fish & Chips in Ottawa”. The quality and portion size-to-price ratio is immaculate. You also have the option of adding another fillet!
The House Smoked Salmon Board ($24) features flaked house smoked salmon paired with a lemon dill cream cheese spread, offering a mix of smoky and tangy flavors. It’s accompanied by a sweet and savory bacon jam, sharp pickled onions, and salty fried capers. The dish is served with a warm, buttery garlic loaf, creating a delightful blend of tastes and textures perfect for sharing.
The Bad Alibi’s Cheesecake ($9) offers a unique flavor each week, creating an ever-changing dessert experience. Guests can ask their server to reveal the current flavour being offered, which ranges from classic to innovative blends, ensuring a memorable and delicious culinary adventure with every visit.
Their commitment to freshness is further evident in their beverage offerings, with in-house dehydrated fruits and creative concoctions like the Autumn Aperol Spritz and New York Sour.
The Autumn Aperol Spritz ($13) is a cocktail that blends Aperol with locally sourced apple cider and sparkling wine, creating a perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and fizzy flavors. It’s garnished with in-house dehydrated grapefruit, adding a unique citrusy aroma, and enhancing the drink’s overall taste.
The New York Sour ($13) is a three-layered drink that is visually striking and offers a complex flavor profile. The bourbon provides warmth and richness, balanced by the zesty citrus. The egg whites add a creamy, frothy texture, while the red wine introduces depth and sophistication. Garnished with dehydrated citrus fruit, the New York Sour is a sensory delight, both in taste and appearance.
The Bad Alibi is about more than just food; it’s about community, inclusivity, and sustainability. They have wheelchair accessible facilities. The restaurant accommodates various dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian, halal chicken, and extensive gluten-free options.
The Bad Alibi is well known in Orleans for its gluten-free accommodations. They have a separate fryer and toaster dedicated to serving customers who require gluten-free food. Their dedication to local sourcing and minimal waste reinforces their role as a responsible and integral part of the community.
The decor of The Bad Alibi reflects a perfect balance between history and comfort. With prohibition-era motifs and authentic artifacts, including two windows from historic crime scenes (no one was harmed at these crime scenes), the restaurant offers a unique backdrop for diners. This, combined with a laid-back and peaceful atmosphere, makes it an ideal spot for anyone seeking a relaxed dining experience with delicious food.
Whether you’re dining indoors (105 Seating capacity), on the patio (weather permitting 85 seating capacity), or looking for a venue for a big group, The Bad Alibi adapts to your needs. Their extensive service options, including takeout and a loyalty program for teams, underscore their commitment to customer satisfaction. Also, active-duty military members receive a free meal on Remembrance Day.
The Bad Alibi, where dining is not just a meal, but a memorable experience. Here, each visit is special: regulars are greeted warmly by name, a testament to the friendly staff. While newcomers receive welcoming smiles that promise a delightful encounter.
Dive into a menu that tantalizes your taste buds, crafted with care to include quality selections at unbeatable prices. The secret? It’s your voice! Customer feedback blends with the culinary artistry of the chefs to shape the menu options. Take for instance Matty’s famous “Do the Dance Sauce” – a dynamic delight evolving with suggestions from patrons. Savor the freshness in every bite, with most dishes featuring ingredients that are always fresh, never frozen. Combined with excellent prices, The Bad Alibi stands out as an unparalleled dining destination.
Every other Saturday, a vibrant scene unfolds at The Bad Alibi. “East Coast Breakfast”, where the lively sounds of the Mason’s Apron, an East Coast duo, fill the air from 10 am to 12 pm.
Plus, Jay always has a playful offer up his sleeve – he’s ready to provide an alibi for any guest at his and Matty’s welcoming establishment, should they ever need one!
Address of Restaurant: 5935 Jeanne D’Arc Blvd S, Orléans, ON K1C 2N1
Parking: Large parking lot
Closest Cross Streets: Jeanne D’Arc Blvd & Youville Dr
Phone Number: 613 424 7000
Website Address: https://www.thebadalibi.ca/
Email of restaurant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of Owners: Jayson Morris, Matt Lewis
Opening Date: June 13, 2021
Opening hours: 7 days a week 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.