Unfortunately, the only way to recreate the fine dining experience at home involves hiring a full-time maitre'd and refusing to let the family dog indoors until he dons a suit and tie. Avoid alienating Fido with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of classic American fare and drinks at The Edison on McGregor Boulevard.
The Edison excites every sense with its elegant atmosphere and delicious menu of classic American cuisine. The bill of fare runs the savory gamut from old-school deli sandwiches such as the New York Reuben ($8.95) to the 8-ounce Ford filet mignon tastefully draped, like the best man at a condiment wedding, in a jacket of béarnaise sauce ($26.95). The hand-tossed Edison supreme pizza ($8.95–$16.95) boasts a crispy thin crust, while the grilled Atlantic salmon ($16.95) shows off subtle, lemon-kissed flavor. An ample selection of wine, beer, and signature drinks at any of the restaurant's three fully stocked bars keeps diners entertained by promoting lively conversation and cocktail garnish swordfights.
The Edison Restaurant houses a variety of rooms, creating appropriate venues for both casual and refined evenings out, from the entertaining plasma TVs in the library, to the intimate solitude of the Ford Room. Throughout the restaurant, the décor cultivates an elegant atmosphere with vaulted ceilings, golf course views, and walls decorated with pictures of Thomas Edison⎯the famed inventor, former Fort Myers resident, and triple-platinum R&B recording artist.
The Edison Restaurant & Bar
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.