Earls is a popular chain restaurant that has locations all over the Lower Mainland. They serve mostly western style dishes (burgers, steaks, sandwiches) but they have a few fusion inspired menu items as well. They are semi upscale and they have nice decor and their prices can range from $12-$25 for an meal. Earls is my favourite out of all the chain restaurants around Vancouver because I find their food consistently good and I’ve never had a bad experience here. Knowlton and I came here for a new year’s eve dinner because we received a gift card for Earls for Christmas. Both of us tend to stick to the cheaper sandwiches and burgers when we visit Earls.
My favourite dish from Earls is their grilled chicken and baked brie sandwich ($13.50). I’ve had this sandwich so many times over the years and I never get sick of it. I see this kind of sandwich on a lot of menus now but Earls was one of the first restaurants around Vancouver to make one. The sandwich comes filled with grilled chicken, melted brie, roasted apples, spinach, sweet fig jam, and garlic mayo all on top of a ciabatta bun that they bake in house. I love the combination of the sweet crunch from the apples and the flavours of fig and garlic. The bun is nice and soft and the sandwich is just a yummy melty mess. Brie is one of my favourite cheeses so I love that they put it on this sandwich. Whenever I order this sandwich I always leave happy.
I like the fries that they serve at Earl’s but the portion they serve is so huge I wanted something a bit smaller since I knew I was getting dessert later and I wanted to save room. I ordered their feature soup of the day which was a creamy potato soup with leeks and bacon. I enjoyed the soup and it wasn’t too heavy. There were big chunks of new potatoes with the skin on that were cooked perfectly. The leeks added a fresh oniony taste and the little bits of bacon were yummy however I wish there was a bit more bacon in it.
For dessert I ordered the warm gingerbread cake ($8) which comes with roasted apples, salted caramel sauce, and vanilla bean gelato. I have a bit of an obsession with this dessert, I love gingerbread cakes and I love caramel so this is heaven to me. This dessert is a seasonal dish and they only have it around Christmas time but I make a trip to Earls every December to get it. The cake is super moist and warm and it’s drizzled with yummy caramel sauce that gets soaked up in it. I love the apples and ice cream on the side because they go perfectly with the cake.
On a previous occasion I tried the pulled pork sandwich at Earls. I was surprised at how good it was. The pork was piled on it and it had a smokey but sweet BBQ sauce. The also put a fresh crunchy coleslaw on top and some rings of red onion. I liked the addition of red onion and I thought it went well with the pork and added some extra flavour. The bun it was on was also good. It tasted fresh and it held up to the pulled pork and didn’t get soggy. I like Earls fries because they are really skinny and they get nice and crispy.
Overall I like Earls. Their food tastes good and they aren’t too expensive. The portions they give you are also pretty big and its a fun atmosphere to dine out with friends. I’ve been here many times over the years and everything I’ve eaten was good. I think their food tastes better than similar places like Milestone’s and they are more affordable than Cactus Club.
Yes, for a consistently yummy chain restaurant.