It's been over a year since I had been to Laurel, so I stopped in last night for a bite after the game. I had one of the two specials, the pan seared mahi with a side of fried sweet potatoes, broccoli and a berry sauce on the side. $16. Also had a glass of unremarkable pinot noir for $7 or so. Bread was fine, dense sour dough with a side of real butter. I asked if the kitchen could do the mahi blackened and they accommodated, although the fish came out a wee bit salty (the heat factor was about perfect). The fish in itself was excellent, but I've always liked the consistency of the dolphinfish. I'm not usually a fan of berry sauces, but I admit this one worked quite well with the slivers of fried sweet potatoes. They served the broccoli as one big bunch, making it somewhat awkward to cut with a regular dinner knife. It was interestingly more tasty with the berry sauce.
I like Laurel, the staff is very nice and chatty, but not intrusively so. I sat at the bar and ate. At first it was empty but by the time I left, most of the bar was occupied apparently by regulars who live or work in the neighborhood.