Earl’s is reputed to be one of the best rib joints in town. The menu is, not surprisingly, focused on meats. Case in point, the first three dinner options are Earl’s Binge ($12.59) with ribs, brisket, a hot link and smoked bologna; the Big Earl ($11.99), a two-meat combo; and a sparerib dinner ($11.29).
We sampled the pulled pork sandwich ($6.79) and the rib dinner with green beans and fries. The food arrived promptly—almost too promptly, as if we were being rushed to eat and make room for other diners. Both the ribs and the pork were good but not the best we’ve ever had. The meats were somewhat dry, requiring liberal squirts of regular and hot sauces; the sides were fine but unremarkable. Dessert choices include homemade fruit cobbler ($3.29) and a brownie ($3.29), either of which can be duded up with ice cream for an additional $1.30.
The decor screams urban sports bar (flat-panel TVs and giant football helmets, bicycles and t-shirts hanging from the ceiling), but the restaurant was full of families at 6 p.m. and had a sizeable line by 6:30 p.m. Not the place for a romantic evening, but for a solid meat-centric meal, it’s a decent destination. Earl’s also has five other locations, three in Oklahoma City (including the original restaurant on North Western), one in Moore and one in Edmond.