Next time you want a great night out with dinner or drinks, think local and rather than drive to South Miami, Coral Gables or Brickell, head over to Dadeland Mall instead. Yes, I said Dadeland Mall.
Among other restaurants in the mall’s new section, you’ll find an “OMG! surprise” by the name of Earls Kitchen + Bar. Founded 30 years ago in Canada as a family-owned burger and beer joint, Earls is now a premium casual-dining restaurant with some impressive dishes. In Miami, it’s a flat-out winner with over-the-top personality and service.
From the moment you walk into the 400- seat, 8,500-square-foot eatery, you’ll be impressed by the soaring ceilings, modern art, open-air balcony and large, energetic bar; but more so with the young, vibrant and friendly staff. “We have 61 Earls open in Canada, but only a handful in the States,” says restaurant manager Andrew Goldsmith.
“We open a restaurant only when we can send the right people and continue the Earls culture.”
To that end, Earls management has dispatched a team of Canadians long-term to make sure its done right.
“We want a genuine and authentic connection with people,” Goldsmith continues. “It’s part of our core values.” They also cross-pollinate staff between locations so that the culture stays strong and vibrant.
Besides the amazing food, it is striking how the entire staff engages you. Simply put, Earls is special. Managers, chefs and other wait staff roam the floor to attend to your every need. Everyone seems genuinely happy to be working there. Earls trains everyone to be “partners” and not just staffers.
This happy feeling will quickly envelope you as well. Eating at Earls evokes fun and joy.
“I’ve worked in other restaurants and it was awful,” said our server, who said her name was Diana. “I love Earls because we are treated right and they encourage us to interact and have fun with our guests.”
Romantic date night, birthday party or just a nice lunch break with friends, Earls forms its style and attentiveness to your event, with seating to match. Tables go from an intimate spot on the terrace, to booths, to group seating at a long table. Whether there are two or 20 in your party, Earls can accommodate.
On Thursday and Saturday nights, Earls has a DJ pump up the tunes, but not too loud. It gives a great vibe to an already vibrant and active environment. At the bar, Earls uses the Vintap Wine’s distribution system to pour a variety of reds and whites from taps to ensure perfect wine-by-the-glass every time.
When it comes to the food, it’s clear that Earls can satisfy the basic eater and the foodie. They still have their burgers and beer roots showing, but with inventive chicken, seafood and noodle dishes, even the most discerning diner will be satisfied with the cornucopia of choice.I can attest that the Earls Famous Clam Chowder is exceptional. The slow braised BBQ back ribs and burgers are also outstanding. Finicky kids can ask the kitchen to make off-menu items. But the core menu is what will keep you coming back, with items like crispy Thai shrimp, dominical fish tacos, Atlantic salmon and a choice of grain-fed Angus steaks. The decadent desserts will make your mouth water.
Dining room manager Emily Scott emotes Earls’ relentless pursuit of food excellence.
“Everything is made fresh right here,” she says. “I always say you can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen. We have a head chef that we call the quarterback of the kitchen and they ensure quality, consistency and perfect presentation. Out front, we look for what we call unexpressed wishes and work hard to deliver the dining experience preferred by the guest.”
When it comes to passion about where she works, Emily can’t hold back.
“I love coming to work,” she says. “We hire on personality and this place is a hotbed of awesomeness. Our partners (staff) are awesome and our guests are more awesome. For us, it’s go big or go home. If the food does not come out meeting our high standards or the guest is not happy for any reason, our standard of service dictates that we must ensure the guests get exactly what they want.”
Food pricing is moderate and affordable across the board, especially considering the quality, portions and overall experience. Meals range from $22 to $39, with less expensive sandwiches, burgers and noodle dishes also available. Desserts are $8. These Canadians really get it right and we’re lucky to have Earls in our neighborhood. I highly recommend you experience this bright and cheerful dining experience for yourself.
For more information, call 305-667-1786 or go to www.earls.ca.
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