A restaurant with good food, helpful staff and an inviting bar filled with pleasant clientele: Edgar’s Restaurant has managed to put that combo platter together.

Edgar’s has been around since 2005, housed in the former Crocker’s at the city-owned Good Park Golf Course, and has garnered a loyal following of diners and imbibers. The decor is a bit old-school in that outside of a deep merlot base, nearly everything seems to be a different shade of brown (burnt sienna, smoky topaz, taupe, raw umber, beige, dark beige, they’re all there). Happily, all those quiet, soothing colors seem to match the general ambience of the bar, which is surrounded by booths, and the larger dining area in the adjacent room.

Edgar’s isn’t hushed, but it also doesn’t have the constant whir of conversations on top of conversations, mixing machines, blaring televisions and/or music that has become so prevalent in many newer restaurants. There’s also a spacious patio overlooking the golf course, where you can catch a nice view of the sunset or laugh at the folks shanking their balls.

There are a few craft cocktails, five taps of good craft beer and a fully stocked bar with top-shelf liquor choices. In the bar area are a few unobtrusive screens, which can be easily seen or completely ignored.

For diners who like to see whose hands are preparing their food, owner/executive chef Glenn Gillespie periodically takes a few laps around the restaurant speaking to regulars — of which there seem to be many — and first-timers alike.

Edgar’s specializes in cross-culture cuisine, with an ever-evolving menu that changes weekly and highlights or mixes food from various countries, continents and hemispheres. The menu isn’t cheap, but it is affordable for those who don’t mind spending a little bit more on healthy portions of good food.

You can fill up on apps and small plates, which run $8-$13 with fun stuff such as sauteed frog legs and Angus beef or smoked barbecue pork belly sliders. Edgar’s has Taco Tuesday with $5 apps during happy hour that include oysters and nearly full-sized portions of delicious and muscular steamed mussels. I tried the braised hog shanks in a finger-lick worthy sweet and spicy sauce.

Entrees are in the $15-$25 range and there are a few vegetarian options, but it’s really a carnivore’s paradise with well-prepared meat hunks (from Mogadore butcher Duma Meats) with well-chosen accoutrements. The Creole stuffed grilled pork chop features a shrimp and crawfish stuffing, Creole potato salad, and grilled asparagus with prosciutto.

Edgar’s has an on-site smoker that’s used for tasty items including pork loin, chicken, brisket and a smoked pulled lamb and bay scallop pasta in a red wine and roasted vegetable lamb demi glace.

Edgar’s periodically has live music, and will host local jazz and funk band the Acid Cats on June 8.

Carolyn Leibowitz and Gene McMullan of Bath have been regulars at Edgar’s for several years and usually sit at the bar.

“The food is great, number one. We meet all kinds of people here. If we stay in Bath we meet all those fake people. In here, it’s real people and real America and real Akron. We love it here,” Leibowitz said.

Leibowitz, owner of Coquette Boutique in Akron, said that on the couple’s first visit they sat at a table and “it was OK.” They decided to give it another shot sitting at the bar, and have been near weekly regulars ever since.

“They’re real people, they’re interesting and they’re fun,” she said, as Gene chatted up the person on the next barstool.

Malcolm X Abram can be reached at mabram@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3758. Follow him on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1lNgxml or on Twitter @malcolmabramABJ.