6070 Silver Dr, Burnaby BC V5H 0H5
Earls Station Square has one of my favourite patios in the city – it’s not pretentious and doesn’t leave you rubbing shoulders with the likes of gold-diggers, real housewives, and their rich corporate counterparts. I’m pretty sick of spending time Downtown with the fake, young, and restless crowd so it’s nice to be able to find a cool neighbourhood place and have some drinks and appies on their low-key sidewalk patio.
This has been my go-to spot for Happy Hour since they opened last year, in April 2019. I like Earls Happy Hour over Cactus Club, Joey, and all the other ‘premium casual dining’ joints because Earls has some of the best prices and decent food.
So enter my FIRST dining experience since this whole Covid pandemic – meaning I haven’t eaten out for over 2 months now. A girlfriend and I decided to hit up the patio for some drinks and have an early dinner. I made a reservation for 4:00PM so we could get some time in before the daily promo was over (FYI: it’s 2:00PM-5:00PM & 9:00PM-closing) We arrived, got seated on the patio (every second table was closed due to physical distancing measures) and were provided with paper menus, disposable hand-wipes and waters. Alex, our server greeted us right away and started our drink orders.
We wanted to capitalize on the cheap HH drinks so both ordered a couple to work through during our meal. I opted for 7oz of the house red wine, Rascal Red and a rosé sangria. My girlfriend went with a rosé sangria as well, plus an Aperol spritz. My red wine was fine, nothing spectacular but a good deal for only $7.75. I enjoyed my sangria a bit more – it was light, fruity, and citrus forward, and only costed $5.75! I’m not a huge fan of Aperol but my girlfriend seemed to enjoy hers, so the drinks were definitely winners.
We wanted to order our usual appetizers and share but given the restrictions, we both ordered our own and only shared one item by pre-rationing it. I went with my typical Three Street Chicken Tacos with corn tortilla instead of flour; my girlfriend got the Dynamite Roll; and we both shared the Warm Spinach + Three Cheese Dip.
My chicken tacos were alright – they weren’t the best but they weren’t the worst. I always order these when I’m too lazy to think about what I actually want to eat, or to be creative with my dining. They never disappoint and are pretty filling for how little they cost.
My girlfriend’s Dynamite Roll looked tasty, and because I couldn’t share them with her to quality check, I trusted that she enjoyed them as well. I try not to order sushi when I’m not at a Japanese/Sushi joint but for a casual eats chain, it’s pretty decent here but definitely on the more expensive side.
The spinach dip was a highlight – it was creamy and rich, not strong in spinach taste, which I was a bit disappointed in but I know not everyone prefers the Popeye’s favourite. I especially enjoyed the toasted flatbread that came with it – the slices are crispy and cut like biscotti so it was very easy to dip and eat.
Our server, Alex, came and checked up on us frequently, made sure we got our orders in before Happy Hour because we were too busy chatting to keep track of the time, she made a great effort to ask us if we needed anything while being really sweet and not overbearing.
I honestly just love the patio vibes here, I could sit in those lounge chairs with a glass of wine all day long in the sunshine. And I have before, and will continue to do so. Hopefully when things settle down to the “new” normal, I can continue my weekend Happy Hour session again.
- Rascal Red (House) Wine, 7oz $7.75
- Aperol Spritz $7.75
- Rosé Sangria $5.75
- 3 Street Chicken Tacos $6.25
- Dynamite Roll $10.25
- Warm Spinach + Three Cheese Dip $10.25
Bills: $$($) – Happy Hour is worth it!
Beats: Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe – Kendrick Lamar