After a day of sightseeing at the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida, I joined my hungry family and headed to the garage. Ford’s Garage takes burgers and beer and puts them in the coziest of settings, the garage. They traded the usual gasoline fumes for an extra dose of fun.
Cars loom above the bar, their wheels rotating throughout your meal. Occasionally you’ll be surprised when someone blows the horn or smoke puffs out of the exhaust pipe. The food is typical bar food with a great selection of beers, including lots of local brews. Signature cocktails, called Ford Fusions, take old favorites and add beer. My Mustang Mary came with a side car of the beer mixed in my drink. That Bloody Mary-like cocktail was so spicy I was delighted to have a drink to quench my thirst.
They’re all good for washing down the hearty pub food, including burgers, buffalo wings and sandwiches.
Ford’s four locations. During my week in Fort Myers, I managed to see two of them. The downtown Fort Myers location is cozier but the Cape Coral site seems much bigger and with its gas pumps out front and a bank of garage doors, it feels more like you’ve joined the mechanics for lunch.
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Mary K. Tilghman