Earls 16th Ave NW – Chef’s Table
May19

Earls 16th Ave NW – Chef’s Table

On Tuesday evening, we had the great opportunity to enjoy a chef’s table at Earls on 16th Ave NW organized by Angela, who is the Regional Marketing Manager for Earls.  In attendance was Marc, Dani, Fuzzy from the Virgin Morning Show along with Gillian (Virgin Promotions Director) and myself.  Chef Rob and Dale, the Restaurant Leader, created this fantastic experience for us which was simply amazing.  Being an Earls fan and regular most of my life it was such a treat to get to do something like this.  This Earls location has done some great reno’s which created a modern, yet inviting cozy atmosphere.  I know most of you are thinking, it’s just Earls, good consistent food and good atmosphere, but I learned quite a few things tonight and was shocked to find out that a ton of the food is made from scratch in house, including their hamburger buns and the famous parm dip.  I think if they could they would grow the produce out the back too. Earls has progressed nicely over the years leaving us with the great standby’s plus improving on them as well and giving us new dishes to love.  Not only have they been revamping their menu to create even better food, they have also been working with a master mixologist to create some fantastic drinks.  Tonights chef’s table was not paired with wine but paired with amazing cocktails. We started off the night with an outstanding Grapefruit Margarita which is made with fresh squeezed grapefruit and lime juices.  I am a big “on the rocks” margarita fan and this one was delicious.  The food paired with this drink was a nice large loaf of freshly baked delicious piece of pan bread with three choices of dips, the traditional oil & vinegar, house made tzatziki, and my personal favourite for many years, the parm dip.  By the way Parm Dip is not on the menu, you have to ask for it and you can use it on anything!!! Next up was the Moscow Mule, which is a vodka, ginger syrup, lime juice cocktail, this is a very good patio type refreshing drink.  The pairing food to this was the Prawn Dynamite Roll.  Chef Rob made this at our table which was really fun and showed us how to make a great sushi roll.  The different sauces with this roll made it very good, as an avid sushi eater, I can put it up there with other sushi joints.  I think Earls had the goal to make this as authentic as possible.  The sushi rice is made fresh daily using proper methods to cook and...

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Earls Restaurant – A Bronx Burger Tale
Jan19

Earls Restaurant – A Bronx Burger Tale

    Restaurant: Earls Kitchen & Bar Cuisine: Dine In Restaurant Date Visited: January 14, 2011 Location: 10640 McLeod Trail SE Hours:  7 days a week, lunch until late night, call to confirm Contact: 403-278-7860   www.earls.ca Price Range: $10 to $30                                                  Overall Rating: Rating Scale (1. Yuck, 2. I’m eating it but won’t order again, 3. This is good, 4. This is really good worth recommending, 5.OMG I need to facebook and tweet about this and can’t stop thinking about it) Food: 5/5 Service: 4.5/5 Ambiance: 5/5 Overall: 4.75/5 Additional Comments: First Earls started back in 1982  Great service  Great atmosphere, for dates, friends, business or just to hang out  Great attention to detail This location has good parking plus the use of the Toys R Us lot too Many other locations around Calgary Earls seems like it’s been around forever.  I’ve been going to Earls since their penguin decor back in the early 90’s.  A great thing that Earls has always done is keeping up and ahead of the times by updating their menu and atmosphere.  I’ve never been disappointed with the food or service at this Earls or any others.  It is one of my favourite dine in chain style restaurants.   I’ve eaten just about everything on the menu, I usually go to Earls these days at lunch hours, my favourite is the Cajun Chicken Sandwich and they honestly have some of the best clam chowder.  There are so many great things on the menu so it’s tough sometimes to pick and choose what to have.  This time we got my favourite pizza there, California Shrimp Pizza, but I think they just renamed it.  Then for my main, I tried the Bronx Burger for the first time.  Oh god, this is going to rival my favourite chicken sandwich.  You’ll see in the pictures below.  What’s In Front Of Me: The California Prawn Pesto Pizza 5/5: House made pesto, prawns, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella, white cheddar and feta, garlic butter, hand tossed thin crust This pizza is so good      Bronx Burger: 5/5 Half pound patty, beer battered onion rings, roasted garlic aioli, red pepper relish, aged white cheddar and rocket greens, toasted sesame seed burger bun made from scratch every day, served with fries This is perfectly made with perfect flavours...

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Moxie’s Southport – Absolute Disappointment
Nov28

Moxie’s Southport – Absolute Disappointment

Restaurant: Moxie’s Restaurant Cuisine: Dine In Chain Restaurant Date Visited: November 27, 2010 at 12:15pm Location: 10606 Southport Rd SW, Southport Location Hours: 7 Days a Week – Lunch to Later Evening Contact: 403-225-9598  www.moxies.ca Price Range: $5 to $25 Overall Rating: Rating Scale (1. Yuck, 2. I’m eating it but won’t order again, 3. This is good, 4. This is really good worth recommending, 5. OMG I need to facebook and tweet about this and can’t stop thinking about it) Food: 2/5 Service: 1/5 Ambiance: 3/5 Overall: 2/5 Additional Comments: Fair amount of parking, I can see it tough if it was at rush time Located right off of MacLeod Trail I’ve been eating at Moxie’s for the past 19 years, it’s always has been just a last minute kind of restaurant that I would go to with either my friends or family.  More times than most it would be easy to get in without lining up.  In my opinion Moxies has never been outstanding but it’s never been horrible.  I usually get average food, with average service, and ok prices.  Back in the day before Moxies went through their “I want to be a high end trendy restaurant” makeover, the service was excellent to outstanding. This past visit was the worst for me, my family, and friends.  Now that I have 2 little girls, I always do a little research before I head out to a restaurant to make sure they are kid friendly.  I don’t expect every restaurant to be but if you’re going to advertise a kids menu, you would think that they would be somewhat accommodating.  It started right through the front door.  A hostess with an act of niceness but you could sense the rudeness or lack of competence to seat people.  With originally six of us and needing one high chair, she actually asked us if we wanted to sit in a rounded booth (semi-circle) that was a step high.  I asked her where would we put the high chair then?  Then she asked, can’t you use a booster seat instead.  Sure if you want my kid to fall out and hit the floor.  Then she continues to seat us in these booths that don’t allow high chairs as well.  So we settled for a booster seat because it was easier than fighting with her incompetence. The waitress came over quickly after we sat down and we ordered our kids drinks, they come in small highball glasses with a straw.  Are you kidding me?  If you welcome kids to your restaurant, get some kid friendly glasses.  Let’s say we had milk everywhere...

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