We live in Coventry Hills, where there is a sad selection of Western restaurants unless you love BPs and the Brewhouse. If you want comfort food your choices are few and far between. There’s actually a new development up in the area and I’m so totally hoping for a Keg or Earls or anything that’s not fast food to move in, but so far there’s only: McDonalds, Mary Brown’s, Subway, and a nail place. Awesome.
So, in our effort not to always spend $40 per dish and travel all the way downtown, we figure we should start checking out the restaurants near the airport on Barlow Trail north. There are quite a few chain restaurants, and some locally owned. I had a gift card for Earls that I had traded someone through my couponing efforts, so we thought we’d give it a shot. We hadn’t been to an Earls in Calgary yet (2 years in July!).
We sat outside because it was such a beautiful day. It turned pretty windy though, and by the time we left everyone else had gone inside. The Earls cabanas are a wonderful idea – we were pretty protected from the wind in our little hut. We started with a pitcher of red wine sangria – it was pretty sweet and could have used more wine (can’t they all?) but it hit the spot after a day of running around town. We started with the calamari to share – we were both really impressed and thought it may be one of the best (if not the best) calamari dishes we’ve ever had. Part of our reasoning is because it had extra ‘stuff’ on it – roasted tomatoes, cucumber, olives, jalapenos, and herbs. There should have been more sauce on the plate (it was served beneath the calamari) but it was a delicious.
Jay got the chicken and ribs. I tried a bit of the chicken and thought it was really salty, but he enjoyed the dish. I had the pizza with shrimp and pesto. It was really quite good, although a tad salty too. The crust was nice and light and crisp, and the pizza was well presented.
All in all, I’m sure we’ll be back because it’s not too far of a drive and the prices are decent. It’s been a while since I’ve been to any Earls, but from what I hear from others these days, it typically has good, consistent food, so I’m sold!