John and I recently went for a long weekend to Estero, FL. We had a great time meeting up with John’s parents. We saw a minor, minor league Red Sox baseball game. Took a boat out to see the sunset and even visited Florida Gulf Coast University. It was a relaxing, fun time.
On one of our excursions coming out from our hibernation at the condo playing Kings Corner, we went to a burger joint named Ford’s Garage. But don’t let the name fool you. Ford’s Garage does have expert mechanics, but mechanics of the food nature kind. The concept is a neighborhood burger and beer joint, where everyone is welcome.
It was almost lunchtime and we were lucky the line wasn’t very long. When we walked through the door, a hostess greeted us immediately. As we walked into the room, I observed some pretty unique items hanging from the ceiling, with what looks like the front end of an old Ford Model car hanging above the bar. There was memorabilia on the walls, and behind the huge bar. The ambiance is set as a garage in the 1920’s, with a copper bar top and antique car parts hanging everywhere. They thought of everything, right down to the napkin rings as hose clamps. In fact, the sinks and faucets in the restroom were tires and gas pump nozzles. I do have to admit at first I couldn’t figure out how to turn on the faucets, but all in all I thought the décor was very interesting and distinctive.
We had an onion ring appetizer. It came with two sauces, ranch and tangy chipotle ketchup. John liked the ranch better, but I thought it was too smoky. I thought the chipotle ketchup was tasty. The burgers were outstanding. The four of us ordered different burgers and no one was disappointed. I had the southwestern burger that incorporated both guacamole and grilled jalapenos. The jalapeños added just the right amount of kick to the burger. John had the model “A”. The yoke of the egg was perfect as it squished out over the burger. The portions were big and I couldn’t eat everything on my plate. The rest of the party seemed to have no problem, but then again, we didn’t have dinner that night if that tells you anything.
I almost forgot about the beer. Ford’s Garage has a huge selection of draught beer. It makes deciding on what brew to have almost impossible when it is such an enormous collection. John ended up sticking to his old standby, and the rest of us decided to just have water.
The service was fast and friendly. The prices though reasonable, were on the high-end. Décor was fun and memorable. Food was hot and delicious.
If you get a chance to go to Florida and see a Ford’s Garage close to your location, go and visit the burger joint. You won’t be disappointed.