Earl’s has three locations in Denver, but you can visit them all over Canada and a few states in the U.S. I visited the Cherry Creek location yesterday for lunch, and my buddy and I split two (somewhat expensive) burgers. Did we enjoy ourselves? Were they tasty, my precious? Read on…
Ordering our beef medium rare, we split the Earls Bigger Better Burger made from Certified Angus beef and garnished with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayonnaise and mustard on a house baked bun, made in house every day. Our second burger was The Bronx Burger with beer battered onion rings, roasted garlic aioli, red pepper relish, aged white cheddar and rocket greens, on the same bun.
As you can see from the pics, Earl doesn’t screw around when it comes to presentation. We actually had to ask our waitress how to eat the Bronx. Her solution: palm the top bun and compress that beast into a mouth-sized package. I wish I would’ve washed my hands first.
The beef is 80/20 chuck, and has a decent flavor, although it was closer to medium than medium rare. However, I think the beef gets out-shined by what I’d consider a stellar bun. It was fresh, buttery, and toasted to perfection. In general, their carbs are great, as I also thought the fries were very well done.
The Bronx was easily the standout burger here in the flavor department. The red pepper relish, onion rings, garlic aioli, and arugula really made for a lot of flavor. I can’t say that I’d visit here often and spend the $16 it takes to acquire that flavor, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Earls Better Burger was a study in normalcy. Nothing special about this burger, as it just uses basic ingredients. For regular readers, you might argue that basic is exactly what the Baron loves…but on Earls attempt, there was a bit too much “normal” going on here…no standout beef flavor (too many toppings), too much mustard…if you’re going to Earl’s, spend the extra few bucks to get a burger they’ve invented.
Overall, Earl’s is chain restaurant that serves chain-type, upscale pub burgers. The Bronx rises above much of that crowd, but I’m not sure it quite deserves the $16 price tag. For a burger that expensive, I’d expect ground-in-house beef blends.