My sister lives in Belleville, and I have to admit that I never expect to find great food in this town. When I'm there, we hit the typical chains that are found in the busy commercial areas (Kelsey's, East Side Marios, Crabby Joe's, etc). Last night when I was visiting without the kids, she suggested that we try out Earl and Angelos.
E&A is located in downtown Belleville, a small street that I didn't even know existed since the traffic flow generally goes around the downtown strip. The area is a mix of nice little shops and seedy looking dives.
Inside the restaurant, the decor of the two-storey interior is a balance between traditional and modern. We sat near a fireplace, there is lots of wood everywhere, and the table top was inlaid with stainless steel.
The two signature dishes are "The Earl", which is a thick cut steak with mushrooms, and "The Angelo", which is a salmon fillet with dill butter. My sister ordered the salmon (requested it with garlic butter instead of dill) and I ordered the house specialty steak. When the meal arrived, I joked with the server that I would prefer my pepper come from a larger pepper grinder (the one she arrived to the table with was about a meter long and she could barely hold onto it). I snuck a taste of the salmon, and although I'm not generally a salmon person I thought it was really good.
The steak was pretty good, and I enjoyed the flavour combination with the mushrooms but this particular cut was a bit gristly and tough. It wasn't cooked well, and I didn't bother complaining. It was good, but not perfect, which is okay given the price and the fact that this is after all Belleville.
At the suggestion of my sister, I ordered the seven-layer chocolate cake for dessert and I wasn't disappointed. It was one of the best chocolate cakes I've ever had, with a great chocolate flavour, moist texture, and lacking some of the sickly sweetness that comes with most gourmet chocolate cakes.
I really enjoyed Earl and Angelo's, it is a gem in downtown Belleville that I will personally be seeking out again (especially to get another piece of that chocolate cake).
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