There’s more than 60 Earls Kitchen + Bar all over Canada, and yet walking into the Earls location in Tyson’s Corner, you get more of a family owned restaurant than prominent chain. And that’s because Earls is a family-run business despite the 65 locations and growing.
Earls focuses on the highest quality ingredients from anywhere in the world and they’re not afraid to pay the premium to have these ingredients shipped to each location. So what kind of food will you find on the menu? Head Chef, Ryan Spicknell explains the concept, “We like to think of it as a global skillet, the menu has influences from around the world.” The menu for each location is reflective of the demographics of the area and what high quality local ingredients Earls can bring in. The Chimichurri Skirt Steak is only found at the Tyson’s location. And the quality of the steak? Let’s just say that Earls has the steak shipped from Creekstone Farm in Kansas to all the Canada locations. This is even more impressive when you think about the abundant beef found in Alberta, Canada. Perhaps the quality of the steak has something to do with the cows getting 8 hours of sleep a night in a low stress environment. That’s more than I can say for most humans I know in the DC area!
Earls makes seasonal changes to their menu every three month by adding four or five dishes to the menu. They also do a big change to the menu twice a year which will add eight to ten new dishes. Keep an eye out this summer for a big change to both the main menu and the feature menu!
A few of us lucky at The DC Ladies had the pleasure of a wonderful brunch experience at Earls on Sunday afternoon. Marketing Manager Chelsea Buckner introduced each dish to us and paired the samples we received with libation samples as well. The experience was one to remember for sure!
So what should you try when you head into Earls?
Of course you need to order drinks first. We sampled the Marilyn Monroe which tasted like mimosa’s classy cousin, made with skyy vodka, passion fruit, vanilla and prosecco; the new Strawberry Spritz, a very light and refreshing drink perfect for the warm weather coming our way, made with strawberry, aperol and prosecco, lime leaf bitters. If you’re a fan of Bloody Mary’s, you can’t miss the opportunity to try Earls Signature Caesar, which has a spicy kick with the addition of signature spices.
Once you’ve got your drinks, start with the Dynamite Rolls. They are hand rolled to order and this non-seafood eating lady sampled one and enjoyed it! So sushi lovers know they will love this! We also sampled the Tuna Tostadas which was on top of homemade tortilla.
If you’re at brunch, you can’t go wrong with the Croque Madame. Everything about this dish, down to the jalapeño cream is worth every extra lap you’ll have to make around the mall afterwards. Another winner is the newly added Steak and Eggs which Ryan tells me has quickly become the number one best seller at lunch.
And if that steak is anything like the beautiful 16 oz ribeye we sampled, I would have a hard time deciding between the two dishes. The ribeye was the definition of melt in your mouth and the quality of life that the cows experience makes all the difference.
Looking for something different? How about the newly added Roasted Mushroom Bolognese? Sinfully delicious and topped with parmesan, the quality of the Bolognese sauce was some of the best I’ve ever had, and as an Italian, I feel pretty confident with that opinion.