Oh my! I haven’t been to Earl’s since I was in high school and college. Back then, Earl’s was considered by people in my age group as a sound bet for drinks and food. In those times, chain restaurants were considered cool. But that was so early 2000’s… So what was I doing here on a Friday night?
L and I were previously at WURST (see pictures above and below) for the Früli Oktoberfest roast pig party. Tickets were only $25 including taxes and include samples of Früli, Früli radler and a buffet of roast pig, potatoes, salad and bread. Our friends Gee and Crazy Girl were meeting up with us and didn’t want to pay the $20 cover charge. The nearest venue was Earl’s.
The bar section at Earl’s is quite the pick-up scene. And I’m not talking about customers ordering food to eat at home. While our party waited for a table, we ordered glasses of wine (Mission Hill Pinot Gris $15.25/9 oz) and beer (Phillips Blue Buck Pale Ale, $7.25/18oz). The prices for wine were reasonable and the server and bartender were really good about giving us samples before committing to a glass. I actually give Earl’s an A for service.
We shared the Italia Pizza (15.00). The pizza was more bread than toppings, but it was pretty tasty stuff. Thin slices of Genoa salami, ham, chorizo with provolone cheese and chiffonade basil.
Our table was surprised that we liked the Warm Spinach + Three Cheese Dip ($13.00). Though the dip isn’t much of a looker, with its almost neon green hue and hunks of toasted flat bread, it was good. The dip was hot and creamy, rich with cheese and chunks of artichokes.
I noticed that Earl’s still offers daily specials and a pretty good happy hour. There is an Earl’s near my workplace and I just might check it out with my co-workers one day after work.