May 6th, 2012. Steak for Lunch at Earls Downtown
Despite being a gloriously sunny day the one downer was that my new friend Robert was flying back home to California today 😥 His contract work here done it was time to pack up and go. Since I volunteered to drive him to the airport he offered to buy me lunch!
Time was kind of of the essence, so we just walked down from his downtown apartment on Nelson to the nearby Earls to catch a bite. I wasn’t sure what to order…but Robert insisted we go for steaks…so, what the heck, let’s do it!! He had some house red to pair while I settled for water with a slice of lime.
I went for my usual staple, the Steak Frites. It’s a great measure of a restaurant’s standards to go for something as simple as a chunk of beef and plain fries. This one was a great one! Super tender beef seasoned very well, cooked great and with just the right amount of resting time to allow for the right amount of juice to come out of the steak. The fries were also clean, not greasy and seasoned well. Lots of times it’s the simple dishes that really shine.
Robert went a bolder route and had the Bourbon Mushroom 7 oz Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin (crimini and button mushrooms, bourbon demi glace, Yukon Gold garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables). The plate was vibrant with color! The sauce was bold and rich, the mushroom added a lot of flavor and the steak was cooked well. Everything looked great and he cleaned the plate good 😉