Culinary Naples

    By Chelle Koster Walton

    Naples impresses with everything from swanky five-coursers to good ole American breakfasts.

    Place to Go: Naples

    The Thing to Do: Is one of the nation’s most sophisticated resort towns, Naples way outshines its size in culinary stature. Here are but a few restaurants:

    Coast
    Style: Internationally inspired coastal cuisine
    Setting: Hotel lobby restaurant without walls; the definition of beach-view cutting-edge
    Menu: Pared down to well-crafted works of art
    Don’t miss: Key Lime Tort
    Bonus: Stay overnight at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, (888-634-1695, www.edgewaternaples.com), home to Coast
    Details: 239-403-2000

    Handsome Harry’s
    Style: American Uptown
    Setting: Indoor-outdoor glam.
    Menu: Well-crafted, well-rounded seafood, steak and salad selections for lunch and dinner.
    Don’t miss: Lemon Cream of Lobster Bisque
    Details: 239-434-6400, www.handsomeharrys.com

    Strip House
    Owner: The Glazier Group
    Style: Modern Steakhouse
    Setting: 20s-era club combined with a classy bordello
    Don’t miss: Bone-in ribeye
    Bonus: Sleep it off at The Waldorf Astoria Naples (888-722-1267, www.waldorfastorianaples.com), where the restaurant resides.
    Details: 239-598-9600, www.striphousenaples.com

    Bha! Bha!
    Chef-owner: Iranian native Michael Mir
    Style: Persian
    Setting: Chic sheik
    Menu: Classic and innovative ethnic specialties
    Don’t miss: Spicy kermani beef with saffron sauce and cucumber yogurt
    Bonus: Belly dancing on select nights
    Details: 239-594-5557, www.bhabhapersianbistro.com

    Chops City Grill
    Chef-owner: Skip Quillen, owner of several local restaurants.
    Style: Steaks and Pacific Rim
    Setting: Bustling bistro-bar with display kitchen
    Menu: Fine beef, sushi and seafood
    Don’t miss: Dry aged steaks
    Details: 239-262-4677, www.gr8food.net

    Escargot 41
    Chef-owner: French imports Chef Patrick and Jackie Fevrier
    Style: Classic French
    Setting: Cozy corner au province
    Menu: Seven escargot apps, tournedos with anchovy butter, duck and seafood
    Don’t miss: Seafood and morels in champagne cream sauce
    Details: 239-793-5000, www.escargot41.com

    Aurelio’s Is Pizza
    Style: Chicago pizza
    Setting: Red-and-white checkered tablecloths and Illinois license plates
    Menu: More than 30 types of pizza plus other Italian specialties
    Don’t miss: Super Six (the works!)
    Details: 239-403-8882, aureliosofnaples.com

    The Dock at Crayton Cove
    Owner: Vin DePasquale, longtime Naples restaurateur
    Style: Old Florida fish house
    Setting: Open-air at Naples Dock
    Menu: All major Florida food groups: Sandwiches, seafood, deep-fried, Caribbean-style and rum
    Don’t miss: Blackened mahi tacos
    Details: 239-263-9940, www.dockcraytoncove.com

    Skillet’s SunRise
    Style: Good ol’ American
    Setting: Country-style. More cheerful than anything should be first thing in the morning
    Menu: Huge selection of breakfast favorites all day (until 2:30); also lunch
    Don’t miss: Whole wheat cranberry-pecan pancakes with orange sauce
    Details: 239-566-1999, www.goodbreakfast.com

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