I love a good upscale casual restaurant. This past weekend, I was invited out to a PR/blogger brunch at Earls Tysons. I had never actually had heard of Earls, so I was surprised to find that this was a chain of restaurants that started in Canada and then moved south to the States.
We were greeted by Dylan Todd, the General Manager of the Tysons Corner location, who gave us the whole run down and history of Earls. I was shocked to hear that he has been with Earls for almost two decades as he’s worked his way up to manage this anticipated location. He was extremely passionate about the company, the food, and his patrons, telling us how he even treated a family to a free meal after they woke up to no power this past Sunday because of the extreme winds in the area. Having many friends, including my boyfriend, who have and currently work in industry this meant a lot to me. That’s definitely going above and beyond the call of duty.
We started off sampling a Strawberry Fizz and the goat cheese Frittata. The Strawberry Fizz was a great brunch libation that I would substitute for a mimosa any day (no heavy OJ!). It had Aperol in it which gave it that lovely burnt orange finish. Yum.
Next came the hot wings and hash. The hot wings aren’t on the brunch menu, but hey that’s the good part about brunch, you can order whatever you like 😉 They were perfectly crispy and had a great flavor without being too spicy. I would have eaten the whole plate of them but since I had more food to taste, I resisted.
Next was the Spicy Sausage and Mushroom hash. Since I’m not a fan of egg yolk (egg whites all day!) nor a fan of mushrooms, I probably wouldn’t have ordered this from the menu. But I’m glad they placed it in front of me because it was amazing! The avocado had a great flavor and it was just the right amout of hollandaise without being too overpowering. As much as I would have liked to pick out the mushroom, it was a great complimentary texture to the hash.
I’m getting full just recapping what I ate. Thank god, I came hungry!
We then tried their Sweet Virginia benny, a classic, and their steak and eggs. If I go back, the Steak and Eggs is hands-down what I’m ordering. It was served with two over easy eggs on warm sourdough with bacon jam. That bacon jam was to-die-for.
The portion you’re seeing here is just the sampler size, so don’t worry. If you have an appetite and want something savory, you’ll get a whole striploin of this delicacy.
They came around and served us our second round of drinks. This time they gave us a house favorite called the Bee’s Knees. Al from In A DC Minute described it perfectly by referring to it almost like a “cold hot toddy.” It was definitely delicious, and I’m glad we only had a small taster of it because I would have had a few of those!
Isn’t it adorable?
We finished off with some dessert and a tour of the restaurant through their Whiskey bar and lounge area (where I should never take my boyfriend there because we’d be there for hours!), their outdoor patio space that can seat up to 100 and is perfect for a warm day with friends, and finally throughout the bar and restaurant space. The restaurant is really gorgeous and a great space to take friends from the area and impress visitors from out of town. It’s a very accessible location from the metro on the silver line and also driving in.
I had a great time meeting other bloggers and having awesome conversations, but I have to say that I will need to come back for their dinner menu. Even if it’s half as good as it’s brunch (which I’m sure it’s just as good as their brunch!) I’ll need to sample it.
Earls Kitchen + Bar in Tysons. 7902 Tysons One Place, Tysons Corner, VA. Park on the fourth level of Parking Garage E.
Out of what I tried, what would have been your favorite?