Earls Kitchen & Bar (North Burnaby)
We drive by it all the time but the Earls on Lougheed Hwy. in Burnaby always skips our mind… partly because it’s a little hidden and tucked in a light commercial park close to a Home Depot.
We started our meal on this rainy (sigh) Vancouver day in November with a chunky rendition of Clam Chowder ($7.00). I don’t recall if there were a lot of clams in the soup but it was tasty and made my tummy warm up. The Pound of Thai Wings ($11.50) was satisfying, slightly sweet, and sticky and came served with parmesan dip and celery sticks.
It seems like everyone is getting on board the “buttermilk fried chicken” bandwagon and Earls is no different. Here we have the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich ($14.00) topped with coleslaw, jalapeño jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and chipolte mayo. The bun did not live up to the “wetness” of this burger and I wound up having to knife-and-fork it after it fell apart. Aside from that, the chicken was pretty good with a nice crispy crust keeping the chicken meat juicy.
The skinny fries that comes with the burger were quite addictive and we found that we polished them all off.
We came back to this Earls just before Christmas and tried a few of their other dishes.
The Santa Fe Chicken Salad ($16.50) with avocado, black beans, corn, date, feta, crispy tortillas with a peanut lime vinaigrette. The dates gave it a nice sweet kick to the salad.
Some people suggest carb-loading prior to endurance events… well, you don’t get much more intensive than fighting your way through last-minute Christmas shopping so I picked a pasta dish with garlic bread.
Dungeness Crab and Asparagus Linguini ($19.75) in a light saffron cream sauce with tomatoes, prawns, and lemon oil. The pasta was quite good and I was surprised that I finished the whole plate – but I think it was because the saffron cream sauce wasn’t too heavy.
I added a piece of Garlic Bread ($2.25) to my meal and was a bit shocked to see how big the bread was… at first, I thought it was a big slice of cake. Aside from being slightly salty on the parts that were grilled, this focaccia-style garlic bread was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
3850 Lougheed Hwy
Posted on January 19, 2013, in Bar, Casual - burgers and stuff, North American, Restaurant Review and tagged Burgers, Burnaby, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Wings, Chowder, Food, North Burnaby, restaurant review, Sandwiches. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.