Earls Kitchen + Bar: Good Food, Cocktails in Honey Bears at Dadeland Mall
Earls Kitchen + Bar, another addition to Dadeland Mall's new terrace dining wing, opened this week. The restaurant joins Bobby's Burger Palace, Aroma Espresso Bar, and Balans (which is set to open today).
All photos by Laine Doss Cocktails at Earls Kitchen + Bar are the "bee's knees."
If you haven't heard of Earls, it's probably because you haven't spent much time in Canada or the Pacific Northwest. Earls, you see, is a well-established chain with a head office in Vancouver, and the Miami location is the restaurant's first foray into the eastern part of the United States. According to Cate Simpson, communications director for Earls, the company scouts out locations that seem like good fits, and Dadeland's new dining wing seemed a perfect match.
What can you expect from Earls? Sadly, we couldn't find poutine on the menu, but we did find just about everything else. It's a hodgepodge of items. Ceviche, salads, burgers, ribs, curry, pizza, and tacos are all on the menu, which, thankfully, is not spiral-bound.
When we arrived to sample some of the items, the place was hopping. Clearly, the Kendall/Pinecrest area is starved for new places to eat and drink, and the mood is lively.
Cocktails at the bar are especially delightful (and affordable), with libations made with fresh ingredients (a fine change of pace from the usual undrinkable, sugar-laden concoctions usually proffered at even the better chain restaurants). Our favorite: the Bee's Knees ($10), served in a honey-bear-shaped glass.
Another whimsical offering is the Cabin Fever ($10). An homage to Canada, it's made with Crown Royal, tawny port, ginger, pineapple, fresh lemon, and bitters and served in a mug with a pine cone garnish.