This week, we finally paid downtown’s newest upscale eatery, the Edison, a visit. It was a gorgeous early spring evening, and we asked for a sun splashed table on the deck. Cascades Park provides a beautiful backdrop, and as we relaxed, we watched people stroll along the paths, and a small group of dancers practice on stage of the nearby amphitheater, while the water fountains on the splash pad did a mini-Bellagio show.
On the night we visited, happy hour had unexpectedly ended an hour early. Following an intervention by our server, Sam (who was amazing throughout our meal), this anomaly was corrected. With the mysteries behind the Edison’s happy hour rules sorted out, Ryan, Bill, and their adorable daughter arrived. Two Southern Boards and a side of calamari were ordered along with drinks.
The Southern board arrived with a selection of tapas-sized delicious treats. Plump fried oysters, sweet pickled vegetables, creamy pimento cheese, crisp brown sugar bacon, and fried bread were artfully arranged. Of the all the items on the board, the best were the fried oysters. Delicately breaded and perfectly cooked, they were a delicious first impression.
The fried calamari was presented in a small cast iron pot and served with a side of remoulade. Whoever is in charge of frying seafood at the Edison was on their game, and the calamari was a delight. Crispy on the outside, while avoiding the overly rubbery texture that accompanies overcooked squid, it paired well with the remouldae. For more on the Edison read the full review on Tallahassee.com.
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