Steampunk Eats in Orlando
The Edison joins The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium as a prime culinary destination
Orlando is best known for its theme parks and mega-resorts, and with the recent opening of The Edison at Disney Springs, it now has two culinary destinations that deserve a place on the steampunk bucket list.
The Edison, which opened in January, is a multi-level restaurant with three bars, a dance floor and a stage for live music. The "Industrial Gothic" interior is designed to replicate a 1920s-era power plant. Themed areas include the "Telegraph Lounge," "Patent Office," and "Tesla Lounge." It's family friendly until 10 p.m., when it becomes an adult nightspot.
A joint venture between Patina Restaurant Group and Andrew Meieran, the restaurant is "inspired" by The Edison in downtown Los Angeles, which Meieran opened in 2007.
Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney, is a shopping, entertainment and dining complex at the Disney World Resort. It's separate from the Disney World theme parks and does not require paid admission.
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
A short drive north, you'll find what may be the world's most elaborate steampunk attraction, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal CityWalk.
Opened in 2016, the restaurant has a steampunk-inspired design and two characters — Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome and her robot, Jacques — who wander the floor and interact with guests. In an amusing YouTube video posted on our Facebook page, Penelope explains how she obtained her PhD in Chocolate from Oxford University. (You'll also see that she's sort of like Santa Claus in that there's more than one of her.)
As with Disney Springs, Universal CityWalk is a shopping and dining complex that's separate from the Universal Orlando theme parks. Within the theme parks, you'll find The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, two themed areas based on the Harry Potter franchise. Diagon Alley lies within Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade, including Hogwarts Castle, is part of Islands of Adventure. You can travel between the two areas by boarding the Hogwarts Express.
Take a look at these attractions in the gallery below.