Cheat Sheet: Earl's Kitchen + Bar
The Canadian chain Earl's Kitchen + Bar recently opened its first Florida locale right next to Bobby's Burger Palace inside the Dadeland Mall's new wing. We got a chance to check out the lively dining spot over the weekend.
The Gist: A casual Kendall venue serving global cuisine with an American emphasis.
The Vibe: Dark woods and leather banquettes give this restaurant a classy supper-club feel (you'll forget you're at the mall), while the square-shape bar hosts quite the buzzing happy-hour scene.
Eat This: Hunan kung pao made with spicy ginger soy sauce and wok-fried noodles. Bonus: you get to customize the spice level.
Drink This: Mad Hatter cocktail mixed with vodka, pear brandy, black tea and coconut water, served in a smoking tea kettle (thanks to dry ice).
Skip This: The barbecue ribs are ok, but a bit too fall-off-the bone. Instead, save your $30 bucks and opt for the certified Angus beef Bronx burger (for just about half the price), cooked just right and topped with crispy onion rings.
The Damage: Overall, the plates or drinks aren't too pricey - ranging around $15-$35 each - so you won't be too angry when the bill arrives.
The Verdict: With its high-energy bar and hearty comfort food, this Vancouver transplant has us aching for another trip to the mall very soon.
7535 N. Kendall Dr.; 305-667-1786