2605 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
CUISINE American, Comfort Food, Deli
PRICE Under $12
HOURS Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
NVM AWARDS Best Bargain Restaurant 2012
NEARBY METRO Orange(Clarendon)
SPECIAL FEATURESBreakfast Weekend
By Warren Rojas
For as long as I can remember, I have incorporated deep-fried potato products—be they in chip, shoestring, waffle or tot form—into any and all sandwiches preparing to pass between my lips.
Some people stare slack-jawed when I start my culinary consolidation routine. Others have openly mocked me.
Not Stephen Dugan. He gets it.
The Earl’s Sandwiches proprietor has paved the way for other closet potato-packers to indulge their starch-laden passions in public with his signature pork-and-fries creation.
Earl’s associate Michael Newman said Dugan stumbled across something similar to the pork and fries during a trip to Pennsylvania and immediately began toying with the potato-on-pork theme when he got home.
The end result features rustic ciabatta bread swabbed in a radioactive chipotle mayo—even my spice-averse better half appreciated the potency of this pepper-powered dressing—and loaded up with shaved pork (smoked in-house, daily), hand-cut spuds, diced onions and tangy pickle chips.
The Pearl is another gem of a meal, boasting slow-roasted turkey breast (plump, juicy slices of bird smoked in-house, daily), lump-free gravy and tart cranberry dressing dolled up with real cranberries (like Thanksgiving dinner on a bun).
Turkey and Sweet Potato Fries(March 2012)
By Stefanie Gans
Fact: Fries make everything better. Fact: Eating sweet potato fries alleviates any guilt from first statement. So throw some beta-carotene into that soft and chewy ciabatta roll. Add freshly roasted turkey, both light and dark meat. Pour on homemade gravy. And donít be shy; ask for an extra side for dipping. Now pretend itís the day after Thanksgiving, without the headache (and stomach ache) of actually throwing a food-filled family get-together. Enter the turkey and sweet potato fry sandwich.