For decades, the restaurant at the Fort Myers Golf and Country Club has gone through multiple owners, name changes and challenges. With lots of new upgrades, it seems the stars are finally aligning for Edison Restaurant, Bar and Banquet Center.
Becoming Edison in 2008, the restaurant quickly became known for its lively ladies' night, with free drinks and entertainment. The space, while still providing a good time, is now getting back to its restaurant roots.
Owners have worked diligently to bring in new managers, chefs and staff, who have in turn brought a new commitment to fresh and local cuisine with a bit of Southern flair.
The covered patio provides a relaxing view of the challenging green — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
The new chicken and waffles is served over a bed of collard greens that are stellar, cooked with the right amount of salt, vinegar and snap. The syrup is from Vermont and comes with a happy treat: chunks of bacon.
Another Southern creation to put on your radar is the shrimp and grits. The dish is a little sweet, a little salty and oh-so savory.
Newer seafood items that are making waves at Edison include the tuna shooter appetizer. It comes in a crisp shell, with avocado, a dollop of wakima and a spicy drizzle. The grouper is caught in local waters, dragged in a cornflake crunch and then served as a sandwich.
Edison's tuna shooter, a light and refreshing appetizer — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
Edison has had a longstanding reputation for good pizzas and flatbreads. While that has not changed, some of the toppings have.
Besides traditional items, look for daily specials. If one happens to be “The Cuban,” order it. With all of the meat and cheese found in a typical Cuban sandwich, this pizza even comes with a dash of mustard and pickles. (FYI: Pizza is half-price on Thursday nights.)
A new signature flatbread might seem strange at first, but the sausage and grapes combo really works. It's topped with a creamy Gorgonzola cheese and goes nicely with a Bell’s Two Hearted IPA.
The Edison is a huge space, full of different rooms to satisfy different dining desires. There's a small, more formal dining room; a spacious banquet room downstairs; and a smaller, more intimate space upstairs.
The bar seating is open and plentiful. This is a good place to snag a table or stool on Wednesday and Friday nights for live entertainment. While the party still gets rocking on Wednesday – the formerly infamous ladies' night – the great drink specials are no longer for ladies only.
But perhaps the biggest draw at Edison is the outside terrace, overlooking the nearly 100-year-old golf course. It is, in fact, the oldest course on the west coast of Florida. Many famous people have walked these links, including the restaurant's namesake inventor Thomas Edison; his winter estate is about a mile north.
While six million dollars worth of renovations were being made on the course during the summer of 2014, Edison Restaurant took steps to upgrade its outdoor bar, too. What a lovely place to sit for lunch or dinner!
The grass is definitely greener at Edison.