The Lodge has been a fixture in downtown Fort Myers since 2015. Over the years we have reviewed several other restaurants owned by this same group so we thought we would try the Lodge and see how the food and experience is there.
The Lodge is a BBQ restaurant with a ski lodge theme. The décor is rather clever. Afterall, who would expect a restaurant with ski lodge décor in Florida? There are plenty of large TV’s showing a variety of sports games.
The service was rather good for most of our meal. We were warmly greeted. The hostess was friendly. Our server was prompt and friendly and attentive. As I said for most of the meal, we experienced good service. Where things fell short is after we were done eating and our meals boxed, we were presented with our check. We were not asked if we wanted anything else, we were not offered dessert or coffee. This, coupled with having to ask to have our plates cleared made the experience less than it could have been. However, it would not stop us from returning. The food and drinks were served quickly and the food was hot.
We started our meal with some cocktails of course. They both were actually well made. For a starter we had the Hot Pretzel Sticks ($9.00) Salted soft pretzels (4) served with their lodge Yuengling beer cheese blend. They were more like little, mini loafs of bread. The were so soft and light. Just delightful!
For our meals we opted for the Country Fried Steak ($16) Steak Cutlet, season/breaded and fried. Served with green beans, smashed red potatoes and white gravy. My dining partner had the ½ rack St. Louis Pork Ribs ($19) with smashed red potatoes and the waffle sweet potato fries.
The country fried steak was exceptional as were the 2 sides. So often the quality of the steak is poor but the cutlets they used were excellent. It is perhaps one of the best I have had in Fort Myers. The beans were fresh and cook/seasoned perfectly. The ribs were flavorful and tender and fall off the bone good. The waffle fries were excellent as well. The cornbread moist.
For dessert we shared The Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie ($7) Reese’s peanut butter filling, chocolate cookie crust with caramel and fudge drizzle and a dash of whipped cream. We thought it was going to be overly rich, but we were pleasantly surprised. It was light and super delicious! The coffee was excellent!
Despite the service issue it was a pleasant dining experience. The food is just exceptional. When downtown I would return and dine there again.
Overall Rating: Delightful
2278 First Street Fort Myers, FL 33901