Wednesday, October 10, 2012

EarthDog Cafe & Bar, Berkeley Springs, WV

Earthdog Cafe on UrbanspoonGuess what? We were on the road again. Many of these reviews start this way, but what the heck, we are trying to explore a little while we are on vacation. We took one look at this restaurant on our trip from home, and saw a smoker outside. Right then, we decided to stop in for lunch, if we were here somewhat close to lunchtime. We are glad we did stop and find a great traveling stop. Yes, this one is worth getting off the "big road" to visit.
This is an alphageek kind of place. From the outside, it is not fancy by any means. However, that smoker out front is a great advertisement. We stepped inside, and we saw that we had missed the lunch crowd. All the better to find a table with some good lighting, and take notes for a review.

I decided before we even stopped that I was getting some sort of BBQ.  Mrs. alphgeek decided that she wanted to read the entire menu, and then make a decision.  She finally decided on hash made with corned beef, eggs and some home fries.  I decided on Love Me Two Times Baby.  I got to enjoy brisket and ribs, and selected green beans and potato salad as my sides.  I really wanted to make some sort of Doors joke here, but I just don't have anything.  Can someone share a joke?

The hash is covered up by the eggs, which is a shame because it was pretty darn good.  The has had some nice chunks of corned beef in there, giving the hash a great taste.  I certainly like the sample I was given.

Earthdog Cafe
Hash, Eggs and Home Fries

Below is Love Me Two Times Baby.  The meats were well cooked, with just enough sauce for flavor, but not to cover up the fact that the meat was well cooked, and moist.  It was a pleasure to enjoy.  I would like a little more smoke flavor in the meat, but Mrs. alphageek says that I like meat to taste like tree bark, so maybe I am a little hard to please.  I also enjoyed the green beans being steamed, and not cooked until they were mush.  This meal was more "old school" barbecue, with more traditional sides.

Earthdog Cafe
Love Me Two Times Baby
We did notice that this restaurant was not as highly ranked as usual on urbanspoon. I can only tell you that we enjoyed our meals, and would stop by again, if we were in the area. Most of the complaints on urbanspoon centered on service, and seemed a little unfair. The complaints were along the lines of "I have eaten here ten times, and loved it. This time, the service was bad, so I am trashing them" which does not seem a good way to grade a restaurant.
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