Outside The Edison Restaurant & Bar, a circular fountain and a thriving, vibrant lawn invite diners to step up to a white-shingled edifice that looks as much like a home as a restaurant. Inside, black brick walls, black-and-white portraiture, and a finished-wood piano bespeak the eatery's elegant yet unpretentious air. Executive chef Stuart Gordon, who has spent time in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Barbados, utilizes years of experience in top restaurants to craft full-flavored dishes. Six dining areas, each with their own ambiance, accommodate private meetings and parties. In the aptly named Chandelier Bar, sports fans can cheer for their team with pints in hand and charbroiled cheeseburger in mouth. And on the terrace bar, patrons can peer across to the Fort Myers Country Club and admire its flourishing palm trees and well-maintained missile defense system.
Patinella's speedily concocts poultry-bedecked dishes influenced by Brazilian, Italian, Greek, and Mexican culinary traditions. Diners ease into fowl felicity with the menu's soups ($2.99 for a cup) and freshly made salads ($6.49–$8.99), before setting spoons loose on the signature chicken-and-rice bowls. The United Nations–like coterie of international eats includes the Brazilian bowl, a piquant marvel of black beans, onion, tomato, garlic rice, and freshly grilled chicken ($7.39–$10.39), and the Greek gyro bowl, which contains beef, lamb, garlic rice, and veggies unified beneath a creamy corona of tzatziki ($7.39–$10.39). Patinella's selection of fresh pita-wrapped gyros includes the classic interpretation ($6.79), as well as barbecue ($6.79) and chicken-caesar ($7.19) variations. Floor-to-ceiling windows drench the multihued dining area in sunshine while guarding it from the tears of hungry clouds.
Gwendolyn's Cafe and Catering Company cooks hearty weekday breakfasts and lunches from scratch, offering American comfort standards. At lunch, pair a half sandwich with a cup of soup, a cup of soup with a small salad, or a half sandwich with a salad ($5.95), choosing from options such as fruit-studded curried chicken salad, tomato-dill bisque, and a classic Chef salad. The chicken potpie’s fresh-baked flaky crust ($8.95) embraces chicken chunks and veggie bits with a rich cream sauce as warmly as a toddler embracing an imaginary dinosaur best friend.
At Escape Zone, kids bound over an indoor play area filled with inflated slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses. A foam shooting gallery lets visitors practice their aim by firing soft projectiles, while a chorus of electronic beeps fills the arcade, where more than 70 games challenge visitors to set high scores and consider what life must be like as a pinball. Elsewhere, kids lace up roller-skates and glide across a skating rink, which surrounds them in painted murals of mermaids and fish. Escape Zone also sets the stage for special events, including birthdays and a Halloween haunted house.
Behind the gauzy curtains of Snap Shots Delivered's photo booths, groups of family and friends can be seen adjusting their sombreros and forming tableaus. Within moments, a printer produces several copies of the captured moments, sending guests off with a memento of the event and an establishment of an alibi. Numerous personalization options tailor booths to any host's wishes, including custom logos on each strip or photo scrapbooks.
A far cry from the photo booths of yore, UASTAR's fully enclosed version snaps pics of prop-wielding revelers with the push of a button, with images made available through immediate prints and an online viewing gallery. Attendants ferry photo booths to weddings, birthdays, or other events, and remain on hand to ensure sessions go smoothly.